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Hill Palace Museum
    Thripunithura Hill palace. The palace built in 1865 was the former residence of the Kochi Royal family and is situated close to the city of Kochi on the Kochi-Chottanikkara route.

    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.

    This elegant looking palace built in the traditional architecture of Kerala comprises 49 units and is on a 52-acre land noted for its terraced landscape dotted with ponds, fountains and lawns. The palace currently houses a full-fledged ethno-archaeological museum and also Kerala's first ever heritage museum.

    At the Thripunithura Hill Palace, you would come across the oldest building in the palace complex, which is a single-storeyed Kerala style ettukettu constructed around 1850 AD. Close by this structure are a pond and a temple. The other buildings at the hill palace display architecture, which is a combination of traditional and western. A building that would stand out here due to its modern style is the three-storeyed building constructed in 1950 that functions as the office.

    Stepping into the museum here, you would come across 14 categories of exhibits including paintings, murals, sculpture in stone and plaster of paris, manuscripts, inscriptions, carvings and many other items. The collections displayed in the museum are mainly from the Travancore Royal House, Paliam Devaswom and from the Department of Archaeology. An outstanding item on display here is a gold crown embedded with precious stones. You would also appreciate the collection of rare and valuable coins, ornaments, majestic beds and samples of epigraphy displayed at the museum.

    If you happened to be an antique buff, then certainly the 200 antique pieces on display here at the palace museum would be of great interest. They comprise pottery and ceramic vases from China and Japan, Kudakkallu (tombstone), Thoppikkallu (hood stone), menhirs, granite, laterite memorials, rock-cut weapons belonging to the Stone Age and wooden temple models. The museum is also noted for its great collection of plaster cast models of objects from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa of the Indus Valley civilization. A gallery of contemporary art is also part of the museum here.
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