Appan Thampuram Smarakam , a cultural Museum of sorts, is a tribute to the man who built the city of Thrissur, Ramavarma Appan Thampuran , also known as Saktan Thampuran, owing to his reputation as a powerful ruler. Built to commemorate his legacy, Appan Thampuram Smarakam was established by the Kerala Sahitya Academy in 1976 in Ayyanthole and has been maintaining it ever since.
It stores a repository of books, magazines, journals, etc., which contribute in spreading the life and thoughts of the erstwhile ruler. A quiet afternoon can be spent here pouring over the history and culture of Kerala before, during and post the colonial times. Ayyanthole is very close to the city of Thrissur and is easily commutable.