Located about 6 km to the north of Kannur town, Chirakkal was once the eastern headquarters of the Kolathiri dynasty. The Kolathiris were also known as Chirakkal Rajas and they patronized folklore and arts.
In order to preserve the rich heritage of the 130-year-old abode of the Chirakkal family and as a mark of recognition of their contribution, the Chirakkal Kovilakam (Palace) was taken over by the Government of Kerala, and a Kerala Folklore Academy set up in 1995. The academy strives to preserve and promote the traditional art forms of Kerala.
Apart from an administrative block and a library, the academy complex houses a Folklore Museum. If we want to know about the artistic heritage of Kerala, the museum is a place worth dropping by. It houses the costumes, headgear, ornaments and other paraphernalia related to folk arts, as well as a collection of musical and percussion instruments, farm implements and weapons used by the tribal communities. Life-size models of performers of ritualistic temple dances like Theyyam and Padayani can be found here. Objects used in ritual arts such as Kuthu Ratheeb, Deva Koothu, Kaliyootu and Mudiyettu are also on display.
There is a separate section in the museum showcasing the memorabilia of the royal family.
The museum complex also houses a library, which being a knowledge hub of folk arts is frequented by researchers, scholars and connoisseurs of the traditional arts of Kerala.
Chalad Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Arakkal Museum and Kannur Lighthouse are some of the nearby tourist places.
To have a 360-degree view of the museum, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jATTALXDp-o
Kerala Folklore Akademy
Ph: +91 497 2778090
Nearest Railway Station: Kannur, about 6 km
Nearest Airport: Kannur, about 35 km | Karipur, about 120 km