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Thunchan Memorial

A cultural and research centre commemorating the father of Malayalam language Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan. This great bard of Malayalam who rendered the Indian epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana in his own style, brought a new light into the life of the common Keralites, who had no access to Sanskrit (an Indo-Aryan language in which these epics were originally written) at that time. Thunchan Memorial is situated precisely at the same spot where the poet lived and taught in his open-air school. The iron stylus with which Ezhuthachan wrote his texts on palm leaves and the ancient kanjira tree under which he composed his poems are treasured exhibits here.

The memorial has a Saraswati Manadapam - a structure in granite; an auditorium with a seating capacity of 500, an open-air stage, cottages for guests, dormitory, dining hall and two ponds. The research library here has a collection of around 15,000 books and 120 manuscripts. Students, research scholars and those who love the language frequent the centre from all over the country. The National Manuscript Mission has designated Thunchan Memorial Trust as its Manuscript Resource Centre to survey, document and electronically report manuscripts of north Kerala. The Thunchan Literary Museum here, that depicts the different stages of development of the Malayalam language, is the only one of its kind in any Indian language. The centre is also popular in connection with Vidyarambham, the ritual in which children are initiated into the world of letters.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Tirur, about 1.7 km
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport in Malappuram district, about 35 km