Abode of Paliath Achan awaits new life

History museum envisaged by Muziris Heritage Project yet to take off

A simple white wall, adorned only by a motif of two peacocks facing each other, stands guard to the Paliam Kovilakam at Chennamangalam, around 30 km to the north of Kochi. A 10-foot teak door opens to the entrance passage of the Kovilakam, which was the seat of the Paliath Achans, the hereditary prime ministers of the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin who rose to prominence in the 17 century.

The palace complex today wears a deserted look. The well-preserved halls of the 350-year-old palace and adjoining Paliam Nalukettu are silent.

Six years after the State government envisaged a Muziris Heritage Project for the conservation of sites of archaeological importance in and around the towns of Pattanam, Parvur and Kodungalloor, the Paliam Kovilakam is still empty.

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