The private collection has been placed in a specially built museum by Betty, the wife of the late Revi Karunakaran in his memory. Apparently, Betty started collecting art pieces at the tender age of approx. 13 and it seems she has never stopped! Luckily, the family is obviously wealthy enough to purchase all these works of art - it's not something most of us would be able to do.
So it's great that the public can view these many and varied collections of ivory, swarowski (incredible collection and my favourite) antique furniture, crystals in all shapes and sizes, glassworks - all exquisite stuff and hugely expensive!
Our guide was very good but one does not really have time to just GAZE and absorb it all.
It is so much to take it and I would have liked some time to just go around a second time without the guide to really enjoy all the beauty of the pieces. I suppose security is an issue as this collection must be worth millions
The lights are switched off in each room as you exit and it's rather hot inside. Not sure why the lights are kept off during opening hours as the exhibits are mainly in glass cases?
No photos are allowed, not even at a fee.
The family history is interesting and its amazing that Betty, at 75, is still travelling and still collecting!! We would have loved to meet her to hear first-hand about some of her travels.
Maybe Betty needs to make a video to talk about her life - this could be shown in the museum and would make it a more personal experience.
Well worth a visit and an amazing find in the village of Alleppey.