Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


The State Archives Department has a centralized directorate and three zonal offices. The directorate is located at Nalanda in Thiruvananthapuram district. Besides, the Central Archives situated at Kottakakam in Thiruvananthapuram, Archives - Ernakulam that functions near Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam and Archives- Kozhikode that functions at the civil station are regional/zonal offices. A Superintendent heads two offices. In addition to the above mentioned zonal offices, there are heritage centers at Kollam, Idukki, Thrissur, Wayanad and Kannur.

State Archives Department – Headquarters
What makes the State Archives Department in Thiruvananthapuram unique is its repository that throws light on modern Kerala’s social, cultural and political history. The repository is a rich primary source of a rare collection of invaluable archival materials. The Department chronicles the tumultuous period in the freedom struggle of Kerala. The changes that have come about in the field of administration are clearly demarcated, and serve as a pointer to the future development of Kerala.

The era marking the royal rule, foreign domination, democracy and records pertaining to the different periods are available in the Department. This is a characteristic feature of the Department. The records maintained here bear testimony to the many achievements of Kerala society. The records also speak of the structural changes brought about in the field of administration from 17th to 20th centuries. Important files of the period arranged and marked serially contain information on politics and society, Government Departments - Education, Revenue, Legislature, Judiciary, Land Revenue, Public Works, Co-operation Taxes, General Department, Home, Industries, Stores, Purchase, Vigilance, Confidential Section, Planning, Local Government; freedom struggles, file on Cochin Husoor Office Records, and so on.

The complete responsibility of preserving the archival materials vests with the Director of the Archival Department. Mr. J. Rejikumar has been serving as the Director, State Archives Department since 2007. He can be contacted at:

Directorate of State Archives
Nalanda, Kowdiar P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram – 695003
Tel: + 91 471  2311547 (office),  2313759 (Director)
Mobile : +91 9446573759

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