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2006 Honourable Mention

Arakkal Kettu

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The restoration of Arakkal Kettu has rescued a distinctive example of Kerala’s architecture typology from a state of serious dilapidation. A sensitive approach has been taken to retain the authenticity of the historic building through the use of local crafts and materials such as traditional lime. Restored period furniture adds to the historic ambience of the 400-year old palace structure in its conversion into a self-sustaining heritage museum about the state’s Muslim royal traditions. Through an innovative partnership between the Department of Archaeology, the Department of Tourism, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and a privately-funded palace trust, this pilot project paves the way for future adaptations of heritage buildings in Kerala for cultural tourism purposes.