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Hill Palace

The Hill Palace was the residence of the Maharaja of the erstwhile State of Cochin from the last quarter of the 19 th century down to the middle of 20 th century. It was taken over by the Department Of Archaeology in 1980 and later converted into a Museum by an official inauguration in 1984.The Museum was opened to the public in 1986 with 11 galleries. The collections, which were displayed in this Museum, are mainly from the Cochin Royal House and from the Department of Archaeology. At present there are 18 galleries.
The Palium gallery (donated by the Paliyathachan's family) was opened in 1991,Heritage Museum in 1995 and the Crown and Jewellery in 2001.A deer Park was started in the premises of Hill Palace in 1992.The Pareekshith Thampuran Archaeological Museum at Ernakulam (Durbar) was closed in 1997 and the objects were shifted to the Hill Palace Museum.
Other details
Name    Archaeological Museum, Hill Palace
Location    Thiruvankulam village,Kanayannoor Taluk,Ernakulam district
Area    52.65 acres
Distance    12 Km east of Ernakulam on the way to Muvattupuzha/Chottanik+kara, and 2 km East of Thripunithura.
Nearest Railway Station    Thripunithura. (Local), Ernakulam South (Main)
Bus Station    Municipal Bus Stand, Thripunithura
Telephone    0484 2781113
Fax 0484 2776374
Ticket Rates      Adults: Rs.25/-
Children: Rs.10/-
Camera: Rs.20/-
Video: Rs.1000/-
Vehicle parking Fee    Two Wheeler Rs.5/-
Light Vehicle Rs.10/-
Heavy Vehicle Rs.20/-
Publication    A Guide to Hill Palace
Compact Disc    1.Kerala the Green Symphony
(German, English & French)
Cost Rs 500/-
2. Ayurveda- the Mantra of Niramaya
Cost Rs.750/-
Important Galleries
    1 .Cabinet Hall

Royal throne and chairs are the main objects in the gallery.

2. Portait Gallery Portraits (oil) of the Maharaja's of the erstwhile State of Cochin. Certain Thanjavur Paintings are also exhibited.

3. Wood Carvings Gallery

Various wood carvings-part of Enadimangalam Temple belonging to 14 th century. Unique ivory items, wooden sculptures etc.

4. Jewellery Gallery Royal Crown and gold ornaments decorated with precious stones etc. (197 items)

5. Gallery of Porcelain Porcelain or pots, Chinese dishes, cups etc. (160 items).

6.Epigraphy Gallery Stone inscriptions, copper plates, palm leaf records, grandhas,'thora', in goat's skin in Hebrew language etc.

7.Numismatic Gallery Roman Silver Coins (dinarius), punch marked coins, coins during the period British period, Cochin Puthens, Travancore coins etc.

8.Folklore and Folk Arts some old musical instruments and clay models.

9.Bronze and metal ware Gallery Rare bronze and silver items belonging to 14 th 16 th 10.Palium Gallery various items received from Paliyathachan's family. (Paliyathachans were hereditary Prime Ministers to the Cochin Maharaja's for a long period)

11.Charriots Gallery Horse Carts imported from England and belonged to Maharaja's of Travancore.

12.Sculpture Gallery Stone sculpture s ranging from 10 th century up to 18 th century. 13.Weapons Gallery Old weapons collected from different places.

14.Heritage Museum Traditional household utensils, artefacts and religious worship materials.
Working days & Time    Tuesday to Sunday, 09.30.A.M to 04.30.P.M
Children's park 09 A.M to 06. P.M
Holidays    Monday and National Holidays
Official Address:     Curator 
Archaeological Museum, Hill Palace, Hill Palace.P.O, Ernakulam Dist.

Officer in charge  & Persons to contact
Ernakulam Dist
 Ph no: 04812 781113