Pazhassi Raja Tomb is built in memory of king Veera Pazhassi Raja. He was a warrior prince from the kingdom of Kottayam who earned himself the name Kerala Simham (King of Kerala).
Pazhassi Raja was known for his bravery and rebellion against the British. And this memorial tomb is constructed at the spot where he was cremated. A museum nearby showcases the prized possessions of the king. It also provides a glimpse of the local heritage and culture.
Pazhassi Raja Museum and Tomb has become one of the most popular centers of attraction for history lovers in Wayanad. It’s located close to Mananthavady town, amidst a lush garden. Paved pathways and flowery bushes have also been laid in the garden.
History of Pazhassi Raja Tomb
Pazhassi Raja was among the few leaders in India to revolt against the increasing power of the East India Company in the south. Around 1800 CE, he organised guerrilla warfare against the British and kept their expansion in check.
In 1805, the British captured him from Pulpally Cave nearby and shot him dead. Pazhassi Raja Tomb Wayanad marks the point where he was cremated.
Later, in 1996, Kerala State Archaeology Department converted the place into a museum. And it attracts historians, researchers and students from many places.
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Things to do at Pazhassi Raja Tomb Wayanad
1. Paying homage to the king – The tomb of Pazhassi Raja has been constructed over the spot where this warrior and freedom fighter was cremated. It has been developed as a tourist destination with a garden and museum surrounding it. It attracts thousands of visitors who come here to pay their respect to the king.
2. Exploring the museum galleries – Pazhassi Raja Museum has an exquisite collection of weapons, utensils, furniture and other items that belonged to the king. The prime attraction is his sword. You’ll also find various orders and letters used during his rule. Other galleries in the museum display a collection of rare coins, tribal artefacts and fine artworks of the well-known artist Raja Ravi Varma.
3. Relaxing in the garden – The tomb is well maintained, with a garden and paved pathways around it. Flowery bushes line the walking paths, making it inviting to visitors. It’s a favourite place among the locals for hanging out with friends. It’s quite crowded especially during the evening hours.
Pazhassi Raja Tomb Timings and Entry Fee
Pazhassi Raja Tomb Wayanad is open throughout the year except for Mondays. You should visit the place in winter, between November and February, to enjoy the best. The weather in Wayanad is the most comfortable during that time.
The visit timing of Pazhassi Raja Tomb is from 9 AM to 5 PM. And the entry fee is ₹20 per person (for adults) and ₹10 (for kids).
You can easily spend around 2 hours at this memorial park.
How to reach Pazhassi Raja Tomb Wayanad?
The distance between Wayanad and Pazhassi Raja Tomb in Mananthavady is about 30 km. The bus stop in Mananthavady is closest to the tomb, only about a km away. Kozhikode railway station (96 km away) is the nearest railway station, and Calicut International Airport (118 km away) is the nearest airport.
And here’s how to reach Pazhassi Raja Tomb –
By bus – You’ll find regular buses from Wayanad to Mananthavady. From the bus stand, you can take auto-rickshaws to the tomb, 1 km away.
By taxi/cab – The most convenient way to visit Pazhassi Raja Tomb is by booking a taxi or cab. It allows you to visit this memorial and other tourist places close to it. You can book a cab from the top car rental companies in Wayanad easily.
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