The Tripunithura Hill Palace was handed over to the Government of Kerala by the Cochin Royal Family in 1980, Later it was taken over by the Department Of Archaeology and converted into a Museum. It was opened to the public in 1986. The museum displays 14 categories of exhibits including murals, paintings, sculptures in stone and plaster of paris, manuscripts, inscriptions, carvings etc. The collections displayed in the museum is mainly from the Cochin Royal Family, Travancore Royal House, Paliam Devaswom and from the department of Archaeology.That also includes a gold crown embedded with precious stones and many valuable coins, ornaments, majestic beds and samples of epigraphy.
The oldest building in the complex is a single storeyed Kerala style ettukettu constructed around 1850 AD with an adjacent pond, temple and urappura (used for pounding rice). The other buildings are a combination of traditional and western architecture.
The Tripunithura Hill Palace museum also displays 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 belonging to the stone age, wooden temple models. There is an amazing array of plaster cast models of objects from Mohanjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley civilization of North India. The museum also houses a gallery of contemporary art. Paliam gallery in the museum contains the collections donated by the Paliyathachan s family. Paliyathachan s were hereditary Prime Ministers to the Cochin Maharaja?s for a long period. The gallery of cabinet Hall displays royal furniture s including the Simhasana (the throne). Exhibits in the numismatic gallery are dinarius (roman silver coins), punch marked coins, coins during the period British period etc.
In Portrait gallery, oil portrait of the Maharaja?s of the Cochin State are exhibited. This gallery at Tripunithura Hill Palace also contain certain thanjavur paintings. Various wood carvings which are part of Enadimangalam Temple belonging to14th century as well as unique ivory items, wooden sculptures etc are displayed in Wood Carvings gallery.
Apart from familiarizing with Cochin?s history and its erstwhile rulers, you can also enjoy a great day out with friends and family at Tripunithura Hill Palace. Cameras are not allowed the museum. Tripunithura Hill Palace Museum is open to public all days except Mondays and public holidays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Special Features :
The largest archeological museum in Kerala, botanical garden,deer park
How to reach Tripunithura Hill Palace
Hill Palace is situated at a distance of about 12kms from Kochi on Ernakulam- Chottanikkara route.
"Tripunithura railway station is the nearest railway station, just 1 Km away