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Hill Palace Museum in Cochin

·  Summer: March-June (24°C - 37°C)
·  Winter: October-February (17°C - 33°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 04:30 p.m. (closed from 12:30 p.m. to 02:00 p.m.)
Weekly Holiday: Monday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 20
Children:  INR 20
Cameras:  INR 20
Video Camera:  INR 1500
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 20
Children:  INR 20
Cameras:  INR 20
Video Camera:  INR 1500
Kerala’s biggest archaeological museum, called Hill Palace Museum, came into existence in 1865. Spread over an area of about 54 acres, the museum houses 49 buildings with 14 categories of rare and fascinating exhibits. The most notable is the gallery of royal ornaments and crowns boasting of valuable stones. This particular gallery is accessible only from Friday to Sunday.

Other exhibits in the museum include coins, paintings, sculptures, weapons, cutlery, epigraphy samples, inscriptions, manuscripts, chariots, royal furniture and carvings and memorabilia of Kochi’s royal families. More than 200 antiques in the category of ceramics and pottery contribute towards a fabulous assemblage which is just not worth missing. The buildings of the museum are beautifully adorned with wooden carvings.

Hill Palace Museum also boasts of a small botanical garden with many exotic species of medicinal plants. A deer park and a pre-historic park are the added attractions. The young visitors can also have great time at the children’s park. Horse riding is a fun-filled activity for the visitors. Cameras and gadgets are not allowed inside the museum, but photography is permitted at various parks in the campus.  

Road: The museum is located in Tripunithura, a suburb of Kochi. Shanmugham Road and M.G. Road from the mainland city lead to the locations. Local bus routes are convenient for the trip, though cabs and auto-rickshaws too are available

Railway: Tripunithura Railway Station is less than 2 km. from the museum. Another nearby railhead is at Ernakulam, about 11 km. away. Cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws can be hired from these stations.

Airway: Kochi International Airport is just about 33 km. from the museum location. Prefer to hire a taxi from the airport to reach the museum conveniently.