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Hill Palace Museum Kochi Speaks a Lot about the Royalty of Kochi

June 27, 2014

Hill Palace is one of the largest museums in Kerala and is located at Tripunithura. It was once the administrative office of the royalty and was built in 1865. It is a large complex spreading over an area of 54 acres and consisting of 49 buildings built in the traditional Kerala style. It has an archaeological museum, a deer park, a heritage museum, children’s park and a pre-historic park. The museum is open to the public on all days of the week, except for Mondays and the timings are from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and then from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Entrance Of Hill Palace Museum Kochi

Entrance Of Hill Palace Museum Kochi | Image Resource : rainbowskill.com

We had to climb steps to reach the hill palace and on entering the complex I saw that it had a collection of rare medicinal plants and other ornamental plants. There were also beautiful gardens. The museum was categorized in to 14 divisions and contained many artifacts, coins, jewelries, and paintings. The crown and ornaments of the royal family was put on display and we all admired the wonderful collection. The golden crown was very beautiful with precious stones embedded in it. There were also many beautiful paintings, sculptures in stone and marble, weapons, inscriptions and so on. We also saw a collection of ancient pottery, ceramic vases from China and Japan, rock cut weapons that were used in the stone age, wooden models of temples, kudakkallu, statues made of plaster of Paris, wall paintings and so on.

Hill Palace Museum Kochi

Hill Palace Museum Kochi | Image Resource : wordpress.com

There were even some samples from Mohenjo daro, harappan and Indus valley civilizations. Another thing that attracted me was a rare collection of silver and bronze coins that belonged to the 14th and 16th century.

The majestic beds used by the royalty were very impressive. There was also a gallery for the contemporary art containing the works of many present day artists. One of the galleries had the royal throne or the simhasana of the king and other royal furniture. The oil paintings of the Maharajas of Cochin and tanjavur paintings were very captivating and I spend some time in the gallery viewing all the paintings. A number of old weapons, bronze and silver items from 14th century etc were other exhibits.

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