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Hill Palace Tripunithura

Hill Palace Tripunithura, the largest archaeological museum in Kerala and the erstwhile official residence of the Kochi Royal Family, was built in 1865. Tripunithura hill palace is situated at a distance of about 12 kms from Kochi on Ernakulam- Chottanikkara route. Hill palace of Tripunithura was the administrative office of Kochi Rajas. It was developed into an archaeological museum in 1984. The Palace is situated majestically on a panoramic hill top. The collections displayed in the museum are mainly from the Travancore Royal House, Paliam Devaswom and from the department of Archaeology. The Hill Palace of Tripunithura has been the residence of earstwhile rulers of Kerala. The palace is spread over 54 acres of land. There are 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style. There are Children’s park, pre-historic park, Deer park, Heritage museum and archaeological museum in this complex. The palace is at a distance of 14 kilometers from Kochi and can be reached by road. The palace is open from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 4:30 pm, on all days except Mondays. There are 14 types of exhibits in this museum like carvings, inscriptions, manuscripts, sculptures in plaster of Paris and stone, paintings and murals. These exhibits have been procured from the department of Archaeology, Paliam Devaswom and the Travancore Royal House. There is a golden crown where precious stones have been affixed as well as several majestic beds, ornaments, valuable coins and examples of epigraphy. The construction of oldest building was completed in 1850. It is a single storied building in the traditional style of Kerala. Adjacent to the old building is a pond and a temple. The most recent building was constructed in 1950 and the architecture style is more contemporary. The Department of Archaeology took responsibility of the building in the year 1980. The museum was open to the public in the year 1980. The area around the palace have been converted into a botanical garden and many rare medicinal plants are grown here. There is wide variety of flora here that has been brought from countries like Australia and Central America. There is also a gallery of contemporary art in this museum. There are beautiful sculptures made of plaster and other metals like brass and copper. Also, there are replicas of objects used during ancient civilizations of Harappa and Mohenjodaro that flourished in the north of India. The most popular object here is the royal throne of the king.

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