Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Bay Island Driftwood Museum

Bay Island Driftwood Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Shashank_Swarup
New Delhi, India48 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited this quaint museum after reading about it on TripAdvisor. It's a shame this spot is not a must on all tourist itineraries!! The museum is curated by Mrs Punnoose and showcases driftwood collected from the Andaman sea shore after tidal waves have hit and receded the shore. The driftwood is fossilized and could date back thousands of years but due to lack of funding for carbon dating, this has not been determined. This is one of a kind museum in the entire world as nowhere else such a unique collection exists!! The museum has earned various accolades from Limca book of records, India book of records, URF world records. This one is definitely not one to miss!!
Written 25 December 2023
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reine
Beirut, Lebanon10 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
What a beautiful beautiful surprise. I had no Pam so I decided to visit the museum and I am more then happy that I did. Not only becoz u can see how nature is the biggest sculpture designer. Amazing and unique pieces but the lady behind the the museum makes all the difference. With her passion to what she does and her willpower and determination she brings those piece into life.
It is no doubt a must visit Thank u so much for ur time and energy and achievement.
Written 9 December 2023
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Rajiv Bajaj
New Delhi, India1,557 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
We had never heard of this museum before and it was recommended to us by our driver Dhanesh as one of the places to visit in Kumarakom. I am so glad we needed his suggestion and visited the museum.

Bay Island Driftwood Museum claims to be the only museum of its kind in India where driftwood sculptures crafted by nature are on display.

According to Ms Raji Punnoose and her husband Mr Cherian Punnoose, the couple who own and run the place, driftwood is shaped over the years, sometimes centuries, by the sea and natural elements, and sometimes the finished piece bears an uncanny resemblance to different creatures and objects.

It is these naturally formed driftwood sculptures that have been painstakingly collected by the couple over the years and polished to perfection which are on display here. The pieces on display, accompanied by their individually framed descriptions, make for a very interesting viewing, especially if you are an art lover and someone with a vivid imagination.

What makes it even more interesting is the fact that Ms Raji personally takes you around the place, giving a passionate commentary on each piece on display.

Some of the pieces have been lit by small spotlights and they cast some very interesting shadows on the wall, leaving one awestruck.

In my honest opinion this place deserves to be on a must-visit list for places in Kumarakom.
Written 17 October 2022
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Indraneel P
Mumbai, India12 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I read about the Bay Island Driftwood museum and somewhat intrigued, walked the kilometer or so from my hotel in the late afternoon. I was welcomed by the Punnoose Couple and they specially opened up the museum for me, which was touching. Mrs. Raji Punnoose personally took me around and explained every exhibit.
Amazing is the only word I can use to explain this labour of love. Lovingly collected over 25 years in Andaman (where she worked as a school teacher along with Mr. Punnoose, who worked as a harbour engineer), the driftwood sculptures are nothing short of marvelous. Each piece clearly articulates an animal or a bird or a human or one of nature's myriad creations. Wood fossilized in the ocean over centuries takes on a heavy, metallic character. Its almost as if God decided to sculpt out his creations and chose Mrs. Punnoose, with her gift for picking out the distinctive shapes from the thousands of driftwood branches, to perform the task of picking out the sculptures and bringing them to the world! Highly recommend the tourism department to facilitate a light and sound show to bring each exhibit's story to life. The Punnoose couple's passion for their art shines through. Highly recommended for a visit!
Written 15 May 2022
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william s
35 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Who would have thought a driftwood museum would be interesting, but it was brilliant. In large part this is due to the owner/ curator who is a born enthusiast who has been collecting the exhibits throughout her life. Her enthusiasm is infectious. A must see if you are nearby.
Written 10 March 2020
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rodaholiday
Quadra Island, Canada93 contributions
Jan 2020
Really interesting museum with great history. The owner is really knowledgeable. Well worth a visit. Parking and nominal entry charge.
Written 31 January 2020
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Michael t
Greater London, UK67 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
It’s all been said in the others reviews.

From my point I think if you have an artistic or spiritual view on life then this is an interesting place to visit the owner is passionate but rather dominates the visit, although I have to say the exhibits were impressive,
I’m glad I went and 100r well worth it considering the work she has put into it

Not suitable for younger children
Written 22 January 2020
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Shiji Abraham
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is a unique museum with collection from mother Nature at Kumarakom. The museum Mrs. Rani Punnose is passionate about this collection and explains it with great interest which makes it even more exciting. This is definitely a place to visit.
Written 15 January 2020
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meghasia
Ahmedabad, India34 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
We were taken there by our guide and driver. It is a very unique place with different types of driftwood that has been fashioned into different shapes. The proprietors have certainly made a huge effort in gathering an interesting collection. Worth visiting!
Written 29 October 2019
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Rocky
9 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Please dont go by the word Museum. This is a very unique place run by a Unique lady. Her passion towards her collection will make you stay there longer. There are some unbelievable creations of Mother Nature. Please do come and Visit.
Written 21 July 2019
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