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Gundert Bungalow, Kannur - A Symbol of Cultural Legacy
Gundert Bungalow at Thalassery in Kannur district was home to the German missionary, scholar and lexicographer Dr Herman Gundert for about two decades from 1839.
Gundert carried out his literary, scholarly and missionary activities from the bungalow. It was from here that the linguist brought out the first dictionary as well as the first and second newspapers (Rajyasamacharam and Paschimodayam) in Malayalam. Having started a school on the bungalow premises in 1839, Gundert went on to make several invaluable contributions to the Malayalam language.
Perched on the hillock of Illikkunnu, the bungalow has an important place in the cultural history of Thalassery. It was instrumental in triggering social reforms by providing English education and tailoring units for enhancing women’s means of livelihood.
Located around 4 km from Thalassery town, the sprawling bungalow is an excellent example of architectural prowess. With wide verandas, huge doors and windows, it has the features of a typical colonial mansion. River Kuyyali flowing in the area adds to the beauty of the bungalow. Gundert Memorial Church and a cemetery are located near the bungalow.
As part of the Thalassery Heritage Tourism Project, the iconic structure is being renovated to convert it into a heritage and language museum and German language study centre.
Nearest railway station: Thalassery, about 4 km
Nearest airport: Kannur International Airport, about 24 km
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