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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hill Palace Museum, Kerala - 123

The official residence of the Kochi Royal family, it is now a full-fledged ethno-archaeological and heritage museum of Kerala. On display are paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, inscriptions and coins etc.

Guys, Hill Palace Museum is located 10 km from Ernakulam town, central Kerala. You can see here Kerala's first heritage museum. Royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi.

The Hill Palace, the official residence of the Kochi royal family, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala.

This museum was built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala, sprawled over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped terraced land which houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Numerous species of flora including rare medicinal plants grow here.

On display in the full-fledged Ethno-archaeological museum are oil-paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, inscriptions, coins, belongings of the Kochi royal family and royal furniture including the simhasana (throne).

This museum also displayed 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 ages, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohanjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Civilisation. This museum also houses a gallery of contemporary art.

Getting there:

Nearest Railway Station : Ernakulam, about 10 km

Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport, about 30 km

You can visit here 9.00 to 12.30 hrs. and 14.00 to 16.30 hrs. on all days except Mondays.

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