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          The Hill Palace, the official residence of the Kochi royal family, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Hill Palace was built in 1865 by the Maharaja Of Cochin and is now the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. The palace was handed over to the Government of Kerala by the Cochin Royal Family and in 1980, the palace was taken over by the Department of Archaeology and later converted into a Museum. It was opened to the public in 1986. The museum and its campus is one among the popular shooting sites for Malayalam film industry.The Horse cart gallery and weapon gallery are really amazing.




          Kerala's first heritage museum noted for royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi. Also exhibited are over 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 Age, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohenjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Civilisation. The museum also houses a gallery of contemporary art.


          The museum displays 14 categories of exhibits including Crown and ornaments of erst while Cochin royal family, paintings, sculptures in stone and marble, weapons, inscriptions, coins etc. The major share of attractions in this museum are contributed by the Cochin Royal Family. Some exhibits are from 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. the Palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across in 54 acres (220,000 m2).


 

          The famous malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu which is considered as one of the best 10 films in this centuary was shot here.



          Visiting hours: 9.00 to 12.30 hrs and 14.00 to 16.30 hrs on all days except Mondays.



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     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 : Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(32.5 km, 48 mins )




   Directions :


1. Head north on Airport Rd/Domestic Terminal Rd
           450 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
           180 m

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the right in 300 m)
           4.6 km

4. Turn left at Athaani Airport Jct onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Petrol Pump (on the left in 4.9 km)
           13.1 km

5. Slight left at Aryas Vegetarian Restaurant onto Old Kalamassery Rd Pass by HALA Restaurant (on the left)
           180 m

6. Take the 2nd left onto HMT Rd Pass by Auto stand (on the left)
           1.6 km

7. Turn right at HMT Kavala onto Seaport Airport Rd Pass by BP Petrol Pump (on the left in 2.4 km)
           11.4 km

8. Continue straight through Irumpanam Jct/Puthiya Rd Jct onto Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd Pass by Dlabs (on the right)
           240 m

9. Turn left toward Hillpalace Rd 160 m

10. Turn left toward Hillpalace Rd
           180 m

11. Continue straight onto Hillpalace Rd
           350 m

12. Turn right
           170 m

13.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Thripunithura Railway Station

 Road :

 From Thripunithura Railway Station to spot(2.5 km, 7 mins )




   Directions :



1. Head towards Hill Palace Rd south-east on Railway Station Rd Pass by Thripunithura Shalem IPC (on the left)
           400 m

2. Sharp left at Kerala Realinfo onto Hill Palace Rd Pass by Vyrelil gas agency (on the left in 400 m)
           900 m

3. Continue straight through Karingachira Jct onto Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd Pass by Deluxe Salon (on the right)
           350 m

4. Turn left at Hill Pl Jct onto Hillpalace Rd Pass by ARF Ground (on the left)
           400 m

5. Turn right to stay on Hillpalace Rd
           350 m

6. Take the 1st right
           170 m

7.Spot



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