The PazhassiRaja Museum at East Hill, situated at a distance of 5 km from Kozhikode, houses a genuine treasure trove for historians and specialists of art. The museum is now under the Department of Archeology of the State. The art gallery and the museum are named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam Royal Family. He led the prominent ‘Pazhassi Revolt’ against the British East India Company during the second half of the 1700s.
Nicknamed the ‘Lion of Kerala’, the king is also credited with introducing guerilla warfare in the hills of Wayanad to resist the colonialism of British. This great freedom fighter was dead in an encounter in 1805 AD. The museum has on its display antique bronzes and coins, temple miniatures, ancient murals, megalithic relics such as diamond cysts and umbrella stones.