A one-of-a-kind museum in Alleppey, Kerala, The International Coir Museum was established in the 60th Anniversary of the Coir Board of Kerala to inform the people about the coir sector and the developments it has made and also to preserve the heritage significance that coir has in the state.
Timing: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Coir Board Complex GOI, Kalavoor, Alappuzha, Kerala.
Entry Fees: Rs50/per head
Set up by the Coir Board of Kerala, the International Coir Museum was established on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Coir Board and was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala on 27th May 2014. A one-of-a-kind museum, The Coir Museum was established to showcase the coir industry over the ages and all the historical events along with the latest developments and technological advancements made in the Coir Sector. The museum is considered as the beauty spot in the tourist destinations of Alappuzha/Alleppey and also displays the traditional processes and growth of coir industry such as the retting and fiber extraction, initiation of mechanization in the coir sector by displaying life-size models of machinery used to make products with coir, etc.
There is a separate room with a projector where a short video is played to inform people about the world of coir over the ages and give insight about its origin along with the latest research and developments that had been made over the years. Several products and artifacts made out of coir in different years are displayed to inform visitors about the achievements of this industry. There is a village imprint of Kuttanad, a small region in Alleppey, exhibiting the greenery and beauty of it. This recreated village in the museum showcases the traditional process of coir spinning and the development in the industry.
Apart from the display, the museum also conducts a workshop where you can witness the craftsman working on this material and learn the art. There is also has a souvenir shop where visitors can gleefully buy a wide variety of coir handicrafts, coir doormats, coir ornaments, etc., and even a few of the displayed products are also put on sale. Due to the significance of coir in the heritage of the state, this museum is definitely the right step in protecting the legacy of Kerala.