Arakkal museum



Arakkal Museum
Arakkal Kettu was the palace of the Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala. The palace is situated opposite the Ayikkara Moplah Bay, about three kilometres from Kannur town.  Protected by the Archaeological and Tourism Department, this palace complex is today a museum. The Arakkal Kettu Museum houses a splendid display of numerous artefacts and heirlooms belonging to the Rajas.
The Arakkal dynasty is believed to have their lineage from a Nair functionary of the Kolathiri Rajas, who later converted to Islam with the name Mammali. A story about Mammali has it that he once saved a girl from the royal family from drowning. Consequently she was declared an outcaste and then, Mammali married her. The King granted her land at Kannur and the palace of Arakkal kettu as dowry.
The Arakkal family were prominent rulers of Kannur and the adjoining areas. They once ruled Malabar and the Lakshadweep Islands as well. One remarkable thing about them was that when it came to ruling and administration, there was no gender difference. They followed a matriarchal system of descent and admitted both male and female members as head of the family and of the state. While the male rulers were called Ali Rajas, the female rulers were known as Arakkal Beevis.
The Arakkal family and their kingdom had good relationships with Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. They also maintained a good rapport with the Dutch and the Sultan of Bijapur. But when the British conquered the Mysore kingdom during the last decade of the 18th century, the Arakkal family too had to surrender their land to the British.
A main building of the palace complex has been converted into a museum that exhibits artefacts and heirlooms of the royal family.  These include the family seal, the wooden box in which grain was stored, document box and so on. The royal copies of the Holy Koran, an old-fashioned telephone, swords and daggers used by the rulers, and a telescope are also on display. 
Apart from these, there are exhibits that stand as testimonies to the Arakkal rulers’ relationship with European colonial powers as well as those relating to their maritime activities and monopoly on spice trade.  The Durbar Hall section of the palace has been converted into a museum by the Government of Kerala.
Musuem Timing ;  9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
 The musuem is closed on Mondays.
How to Reach,
Nearest railway station: Kannur, about 3 km away .
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 117 km away.


Arakkal museum, Ayikkara, Kannur, Kerala - 670013.
Contact Info
Phone: 0497 273 4479
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Nearest Railway Station
Kannur (Cannanore) (CAN)
Nearest Airport
Calicut International Airport
latitude : 11.136799810 longitude :75.955299380
Corporation : Calicut
Open Year
July 2005
Visiting Hours
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.

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