Bay Island Driftwood Museum located at the picturesque village of Kumarakom in Kottayam district exhibits varied root and tree trunk sculptures in unique forms and designs.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum founder was Raji Punnoose, a teacher in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. During her professional tenure in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago, a dynamic lady school teacher used to pick up pieces of driftwood deposited by the sea in the shores, comprising twisted tree trunks, stumps, roots etc. which had potential for transformation to sculptures with marginal efforts.
It’s incredible to see the power of nature as some of the objects were seasoned in Bay of Bengal for centuries and molded as sculptures through hydrodynamic process of the sea waves. This Museum entered the Limca Book of Records in 2010 and they citation reads as “The Limca Book of Records has certified that Bay Island Museum (est. 2001) located in Kumarakom, the only drift wood museum, showcases objects that have been painstakingly recovered and collected from the Andaman seas and beaches
The student fraternity finds this art form employed to prepare the exhibits in the museum very interesting as well as educative and enriching as the museum instills in them the finer qualities of creativity, initiative, imagination, and originality to create valuable articles out of materials that are otherwise considered waste.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum,
Chakranpadi (Near Lakshmi Hotel & Resort), Kumarakom North,
Kottayam, Kerala 686 566
Museum : 0481-2525634,
Curator (Mob) : 94474-64296
Curator (Res) : 0481-2517530