Location: Tripunithura Hill Palace lies at a distance of approximately 12 km from Kochi city, while travelling on the route from Eranakulam going towards Chottanikkara.
Description: The Hill Palace once served as the Headquarters of the Royal Family of Kochi and presently it is one of the largest archaeological museums of the state of Kerala. It was founded back in the year 1865. The Hill Palace museum encompasses an area of roughly 54 acres and encloses 49 buildings constructed in authentic Kerala form of architecture. The Hill Palace includes one museum, a deer park, archaeological museum, along with a park for kids and a pre-historic park. The archaeological museum is a home to numerous valuable artifacts belonging to the families of Kochi Kingdom.
The museum displays paintings, sculptures made up in stone and plaster of Paris, murals, inscriptions, carvings, manuscripts, coins, cutlery, beds, ornaments, etc. belonging to Travancore Royal House, Paliam Devaswom and from the Department of Archaeology. The most treasured possession of the museum is a golden crown embedded with precious gems. The museum also showcases 200 antique pottery pieces and ceramic vases belonging to China and Japan, Wooden temple models, etc.
Activities: Tourists can mark a visit to the Deer park that was established here back in the year of 1992. Horse riding can be enjoyed here, which is truly a fun thing to do.