Thripunithura Hill Palace

Kerala's first heritage museum it has collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi. The Hill Palace, official residence of the royal family, is today the state's largest archaeological museum. Built in 1865, the complex consists of 49 buildings in the tradional style,in over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped land, has houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. 

Numerous species,including rare medicinal plants are grown here. On display in the ethno-archaeological museum are oil-paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, inscriptions and coins, belongings of the Kochi royal family and furniture, including the simhasana(throne). Exhibits here also include 200 antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases from Japan and China, Kudakkallu (tomb stone), Thoppikkallu (hood stone), menhirs, granite, laterite memorials, rock cut weapons from the stone ages, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohanjodaro and Harappa.

Best Season: 
Visiting hours : 9.00 to 12.30 hrs. and 14.00 to 16.30 hrs.

Emergency Details: 
Archaeological Museum,
Hill Palace,
Hill Palace.P.O,
Ernakulam district
Phone: 0484-2781113
Fax: 0484-2776374 

Transport Terminals: 
Thripunithura

How to Reach: 
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam, 12km from Thripunithura
Nearest Airport: Nedumbassery, near Aluva, about 22 kms away from Ernakulam

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