Hill Palace Museum is the Largest archaeological museum in Kerala State of South India.Hill Palace was built in the Year 1865 by the Maharaja Of Cochin.The palace was taken over by the Department Of Archaeology in 1980 and later converted into a museum. It was opened to the public in 1986. The Hill palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala and is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land with ponds, fountains and lawns.It now houses the collections of the royal families, as well as 19th-century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures and paintings, and temple models.It was the administrative office of Kochi Rajas. The Royal Crown and gold ornaments decorated with precious stones are some of the exhibits there.
Visiting hours: Open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Closed on Mondays and National Holidays
The museum and its campus is one among the popular shooting sites for Malayalam film industry.The museum has also houses a gallery of contemporary art.The surroundings of the Thripunithura Hill Palace have several species of flora and include rare medicinal plants.Horse riding is also part of the recreational activities there. There is also a Folklore and Folk Arts gallery featuring some old musical instruments and clay models.A heritage museum was opened in 1995, in which traditional household utensils, artifacts and materials used for religious worship are exhibited.The collections displayed in the museum are mainly from the Travancore Royal House,Paliam Devaswom and from the Department of Archaeology.It has a gold crown embedded with precious stones and many valuable coins, ornaments, majestic beds and samples of epigraphy.
Hill Palace Museum Map
How to Reach Hill Palace Museum
Railway station – Ernakulam railway station is around 10 kilometers from Hill Palace
Airport – Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport located about 30 km from the Hill Palace
Road – The museum is around 10 kilometers from Cochin City and is easily accessible by road.Cochin is located bang at a junction of three roads