Friday, December 27, 2013

A walk with my camera in the Kollengode palace, now the Mural arts museum

Yesterday I ventured out at Thrissur with my camera, and the charm of the Kollengode palace drew me  towards it. I paid an entry fee of Rs 70, which included my entry fee, car parking fee and camera fee. Now the palace is converted into a mural museum. It would have been better if they could maintain it as the palace. If you are going there to see something spectacular, you will be disappointed, as the mural displays are not displayed properly. I enjoyed a solo walk within the and around the palace, which was very quiet. It was more like going back the time line.

This Mural Arts Museum is the only museum dedicated to mural 
arts in Kerala It is situated in Kollengode Palace in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It was started as a part of SreeMulam Chithrasala (Picture Gallery) in 1938. Afterwards it was an archaeological museum and in 2009 it was renovated and opened to the public. The museum houses a gallery of murals from all over Kerala and preserves a rare treasure of Veera kallu, temple models, manuscripts written on palm leaves, life-size statues of eminent personalities, a megalith collection consisting of earthen pots, Nannangadi (urn burials) black and red wares, black wares russet coated wares, stone age tools, excavated materials from Indus Valley Civilisation and Harappa and Cheraman Parambu, kodungalloor.

The natural lighting of the interiors is splendid

Here are some of the mural paintings inside the palace;

A sculpted stone outside the palace

Statues outside the palace. There are many of them. 

I sat below the 'naga tree', according to the locals (do not know the scientific term), just to enjoy the calmness and the fragrance. This tree is behind the palace. There is a walkway surrounding the palace.  If you walk through it, you will see this tree at the backside corner of the palace. If you are lucky, you will be able to enjoy the calmness and the fragrance of these flowers. 

Will be adding more photos..


R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting place. Thanks for sharing this.

Harish said...

Seeing this and other articles, I went to see the Kollengode palace. But, after the long journey, I was surprised when the people there told me that there is no palace there. I explained that I had come to see the mural paintings at the museum. But, they have put up a board of a hospital there now. Also, I was surprised to hear that the place has been a hospital for close to 10 years now. This original post was made in Dec 2013, so I am really confused. I checked with different people around that place. None of them confirmed the existance of any museum at the palace. Any idea?