The amazing metal mirror of Kerala- Aranmula Kannadi

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The metal – alloy Kannadi (mirror) of Aranmula in Kerala is a wonderful handicraft item.

  1. The peculiarity of this mirror is that it won’t distort your image like glass mirrors
  2. The original formula of the alloy for this mirror is kept a family secret
  3. The Aranmula mirror is a great example of Kerala’s metallurgical tradition
  4. It is considered auspicious and believed to bring luck for household and business.

Location : Kerala, India

Destination type: Cultural

History of Aranmula Kannadi

  1. Few centuries old myth on Aranmula Kannadi is connected to Aranmula Parthasarathy temple
  2. The local king brought craftsmen from Tirunelveli of Tamil Nadu
  3. He ordered the craftsmen to make a crown for the deity of the temple
  4. While experimenting with tin and copper, they stumbled upon a formula with reflective property of the alloy
  5. This led to the development of mirrors using that secret formula

Techniques of mirror making

  1. Initially the alloy is made
  2. Then the molding is done i n a furnace stoked by fire
  3. The molds are allowed to cool
  4. The mirror formed is taken and polished several times
  5. Finally the mirror is fitted on a bronze frame

Unique properties and indicative pricing

  1. When an object is placed in front of Aranmula mirror, there will be no gap between the image and the object
  2. Since its made of metal, it’s not brittle
  3. It will stay good for a long period
  4. Indicative price for a 23.5cm X 10cm mirror could be Rs.4000/- ( for actual pricing you may approach a genuine vendor)

Some websites found on internet search for purchase 99950 12551 or 9846087121

Mail : Contact – (+91)99950 12551 (Whatsapp)


How to reach Aranmula


Trivandrum International airport 115 kms away is the nearest airport. It has flights to:

  1. Dubai
  2. Kuwait
  3. Singapore
  4. Mumbai
  5. Bangalore etc


Nearest railway station is Chengannur railway station 10 kms away. Trains are available to major destinations in India like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Kanyakumari
  4. Bangalore
  5. Kochi

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Photo courtesy : By Rajesh Nair from Bangalore, India – Aaranmula Kannadi, CC BY 2.0,


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