The Thunchan Memorial Trust and Research Centre is located on the Thunchan Parambu grounds in Tirur, the birthplace of Thunjathu Ezhuthachan, regarded as the father of the Malayalam language. The parambu or plot was converted into a memorial in 1964 and now functions as a full-fledged research centre. The four-acre property comprises a trust office, research centre, literature museum, grandhapura (manuscript library), indoor auditorium and conference room apart from an outdoor stage, Saraswathi Mandapam, children’s library, guest rooms, rest rooms and open spaces.
The literature museum has exhibits that showcase the evolution of the Malayalam language. Various tools and articles associated with eminent writers of Kerala can be found here. The history of the Malayalam language is exhibited through various video and audio clips, paintings and photographs. From the latest to the rarest, old Malayalam books, the library has a vast collection.
The grandhapura is one-of-a-kind with a vast array of manuscripts written on palm leaves. The iron stylus used by Ezhuthachan to write has been preserved at the centre while the ancient Kanjira tree underneath which he composed his poems still stands. The annual Vidyarambham ceremony, which marks the beginning of learning during the festival of Vijayadashami across India, and the Thunchan festival are of great importance here.
All days: 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM