Arakkal Kettu, a palace of historical significance, was the residence
of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala
which ruled parts of the coast and Lakshadweep island. The Arakkal family
played a prominent role in the history of Malabar. The palace is situated
in Ayikkara, near St. Angelo Fort, at a distance of 3 km from Kannur town.
This 200-year-old palace complex has been renovated and converted into
a heritage museum in the year 2005. It showcases the history of the Arakkal
house and of the regional influence of the Arakkal 'Rajas' (male rulers)
and 'Beevis' (female rulers) in the heydays of their authority. Exhibits
in the durbar hall contains old records, maps and drawings of surveys
and many other manuscripts that will throw light on the maritime activities
of the family, its monopoly on spices trade and its relationship with
European colonial powers. The museum is managed by the Arakkal Family
Trust and to visit the museum there is a nominal entry fee.