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Janapada Loka (Temporarily closed in the interest of public safety)

Ramanagaram, Karnataka

Janapada Loka translates into English as ‘Folk Cosmos’. Visit the beautiful 15-acre campus, where Karnataka’s rural milieus have been recreated to keep the culture and the pulse of the past alive.

  • Its five exhibitions are dedicated to promoting, preserving, publicising and propagating the native folk culture of Karnataka.
  • It is a home for festivals, highlighting the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of native art forms and storytelling.
  • The main door 'Mahadwara', measuring twenty feet adorned with horns, trumpets, and Harige, and Nandidwajas, extends a warm welcome to the visitors.
  • The main attraction is the Folk Arts Museum, which exhibits artefacts belonging to the folk culture, along with different instruments of music, agriculture and farming.

Shri H.L. Nage Gowda, a long-serving civil servant and lover of folk culture of India, is the creator and conceptual architect of Janapada Loka, a prominent cultural centre of India.

Since its inception, it has been a platform for rural artisans, musicians and craftspeople to showcase as well as market their works of art. The main purpose of Janpada Loka is to introduce the entire native cultural wealth of Karnataka to people.

Current exhibitions
  • Chitrakuteera - The attractive photographs exhibited in Chitrakuteera bring alive the festivals, fairs, arts, and customs of Karnataka. Photographs of tribal people, masks of Tenkutittu Yakshagana form are also present. The folk theatre is another attraction.
  • Shilpamala - A large collection of stones arranged in Shilpamala are memorial stones dating back to more than four hundred years. These are all inscribed stones that were installed in the honour of brave people for their achievements. These are identified as Veeragallu: in honour of a war hero; Sathikalllu: in honour of a faithful wife; and Gokallu: in honour of a beloved cow. The Museum has collected, preserved and displayed many idols of worship lying in ruins.
  • Aayagararamala - An exhibition of tools of rural vocations like pottery and smithy, sugarcane juice extractor made of wood, oil extractor, kottana-rice pounding equipment, tools used in agriculture, nets and boats used in fishery and other equipments. The other exhibits are weapons used in hunting, a bullock cart, special cart-sarotu, a chariot and a palanquin decorated with beads. To complete the scene a beautiful village house is built in Aayagararamala.
  • Loka Mahal - On the ground floor there are life-size dolls dressed as Mudalapaya Yakshagana artists, a Coorgi couple, Dasayya and Goravayya – village characters, Pied Piper, Halakki Vokaaligas - who perform dances of nomadic tribe and harvest dances. The Boothada Gallery, meaning Ghosts Gallery, houses life-size idols of ghosts made of wood and stone. The first floor has an exhibition of various folk instruments and special dolls made for folk theater, leather puppets, string puppets, rod puppets, Ganjeefa art pieces (a type of playing cards), Soma and Harige and other masks.
  • Bayalu Mandira - An impressive open air theatre built in the Greek style with a capacity to host 800 people at a time. The theatre comes alive with programmes of folk art forms every Sunday.
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Upcoming events
  • Janapada Lokothsava (Annual Folk Festival)
    • Janapada Loka hosts its two-day fun-filled Annual Folk Festival in February every year, where artists and folklorist from all over the region eagerly participate in.
  • Sankranti Sambrama
    • Every year the museum hosts Sankranti Sambrama to celebrate the festivities of Sankranti in January.
  • Grameen Aaatagalu (Village Sports Competition)
    • Janapada Loka organises an annual rural sports competition where participants take part in games such as chinni dandu, logaori, kabaddi, etc. along with other indoor board games.
  • Dasara Utsava
    • The museum celebrates Dasara Utsava (Dasara Festival) on Vijayadashmi every year.
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Opening hours
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (lunch break)
Last admission time
4:45 p.m.
Weekly close
Holiday calendar
Republic Day, 26 January 2020
Independence Day, 15 August 2020
Ganesh Chathurthi, 22 August 2020
Diwali, 14 November 2020
Average duration
3 to 4 hours
  • Photography allowed for a fee.
  • All areas are wheelchair accessible except upper floors of the museum.
  • Souvenir stores are on the campus.
  • Drinking water stations.
  • Kamat Lokaruchi restaurant.
  • Separate toilets for men and women.
  • Parking on road side or at Kamat Lokaruchi restaurant parking. No parking on the campus.

How to get there
  • 93 km from Bangalore Airport
  • 4 km from Ramanagara Train Station
  • 4 km from Ramanagara Bus Stand
  • 53 km from Bangalore and 92 km from Mysore
Additional information
  • No fee for carrying mobile phones inside. A fee will be charged only if a picture or video is taken inside the museum.
  • During lunch break these exhibitions will be closed: Chitrakuteera, Loka Mahal, Loka Siri and Lokamatha Mandira.
  • Personal guide is available at the museum.


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  • You will receive a booking confirmation email/voucher to your registered email after booking.
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher.
  • This voucher is valid only on the date and time specified.
  • Entrance ticket to the museum.
  • Priority pass. Present your ticket at the entrance. Do not queue at the ticketing office.
  • Access to permanent exhibitions.
  • Transportation.
  • Food and beverages.
  • Parking.
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Anshul, India
22 Aug 2019
Great folklore museum. Must see.
Anshul, India
21 Aug 2019
Nice museum!
Anshul, India
19 Aug 2019
It's an amazing museum. Must visit it when in Bangalore or Mysore.
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