The architectural acumen of Kerala, especially
the traditional method is today reckoned for its aesthetic marvel and also for
healthy living. The Vasthu Vidya Gurukulam at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta
District is today a center for preserving the nuances of Kerala’s traditional
architecture, and is evolving as a great centre for learning the many facets of
The Vasthu Vidya Gurukulam offers regular courses in traditional architecture and mural Painting, and is approved by the Government of Kerala for Vasthu Vidya (traditional architecture) and mural painting. The centre has a mural painting gallery with a well-supported library. Started in 1993, this
government institution is affiliated with the Kerala State Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Kerala. At the center, the public is also given a chance to watch daily training classes. Post-Graduate diploma course in traditional architecture recognized by the Mahatma Gandhi University is offered at the centre.
It is indeed a role model for other similar government bodies when it comes to self-reliance and day-to-day management. The centre has already documented in detail more than165 traditional architectural structures in Kerala, and will soon be completing the documentation of remaining structures in the State. The centre’s popularity has reached national and international level for its achievements in the preservation and promotion of traditional architecture as well as the mural art of Kerala.
The famous traditional architect, Kanippayoor Krishnan Nampoothiripad, is associated with the Vasthu Vidya Centre as its Dean.
VASTHU VIDYA GURUKULAM
Aranmula, Pathanamthitta – 689 533
Nearest railway station: Chengannur, about 10 kms
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 115 kms