Hill Palace Museum, Kerala being the largest ethno- archaeological museum and the first heritage museum of Kerala is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Thripunithura in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Built in 1865 and spreading over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped hilltop with 49 buildings designed in the traditional architectural style of Kerala ,a deer park, gardens, fountains, ponds and facilities for horse riding, the Hill Palace Museum, Kerala was originally a residing palace for the famous royal family of Kochi. Later in 1980, the palace was taken over by the Department Of Archaeology, who converted it into a museum and opened it for the public in 1986. A botanical garden displaying numerous species of flora including rare medicinal plants, exotic tropical trees from Central America to Australia are maintained on the museum premise.

The Hill Palace Museum, Kerala in different galleries exhibits mainly 14 categories of items, which include oil-paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and plaster of Paris, manuscripts, inscriptions, carvings, valuable coins, ornaments, gold crown decorated with precious stones, majestic beds, samples of epigraphy and royal furniture including the simhasana (throne) mainly belonging to the Kochi royal family, Paliam Devaswom and the department of Archaeology. Apart from these, this ethno- archaeological museum also exhibits 200 antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases from China and Japan, Kudakkallu (tomb stone), Thoppikkallu (hood stone), menhirs, granite, laterite memorials, rock cut weapons of stone age, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohanjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Civilization. Besides, the museum also has a gallery displaying items from the contemporary period.

Within the museum, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Kerala has set up a Centre for Heritage Studies (CHS), which offers post-graduate diploma courses and short-term certificate courses in Archaeology, Museology, Conservation and Archival Studies. Closed on Mondays and National Holidays. Air: International Air Port is at Nedumbassery, near Aluva, about 22 kms away from Ernakulam, Kochi. The nearest station is at Ernakulam about 12km from Thripunithura. KSRTC Central Bus station is near the Ernakulam Junction railway station.

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