If you are a fan of Malgudi Day, you must visit the Malgudi Museum at the old Arasalu station. The museum is based on the theme of RK Narayan’s Malguri Day, which was broadcast on Shankar Nag Television under the same name. The popular television serial ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot at the British-era Arsalu station of Indian Railways in the 1980s. The Malguri Museum also has a cafe called ‘Malguri Chai’. According to State Minister for Railways Darshana Zardosh, the memories of her husband and friends came alive here. Last year, Southwestern Railway confirmed to Financial Express Online that the museum could become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karnataka. See pictures of the Malgudi Museum below, the minister shared on his Twitter handle:
According to the Southwest Railway Zone, it cost Rs 35 lakh to convert the old Arasalu railway station into a museum. The old railway station under Mysore division has been turned into the Malguri Museum without any change in the original architecture. The Malgudi Museum at Old Arasalu Station was opened to the public on August 8, 2020. However, due to the Covid epidemic-related lockdown, the museum was closed for about 90 days. Earlier, the SWR said that as of August 3, 2021, the number of visitors to the Malguri Museum was 51,501. The entrance fee to the museum for visitors over five years is only Rs 5, Southwestern Railway Zone said.
There were also plans to build a park for children. The children’s park will be equipped with multiple play items. The Southwest Railway Zone said there was a possibility of opening a cafeteria there as well. In addition to all these amenities, the Malguri Museum offers free Wi-Fi service to visitors. The public can use the internet for about half an hour. Southwestern Railway said it would try to provide better facilities at the museum to attract more tourists in the coming days.