Tripunithura Hill Palace Museum

Tripunithura Hill Palace Museum is first heritage museum in Kerala. It was set up in the year 1865 and now is an important tourist attraction in Kerala. The Hill Palace museum is located in Ernakulam, Kerala, it was official residence of the Kochi royal family. This elegant looking palace built in the traditional architecture of Kerala comprises 49 units and is on a 52-acre land noted for its terraced landscape dotted with ponds, fountains and lawns. The palace currently houses a full-fledged ethno-archaeological museum and also Kerala's first ever heritage museum. The Hill Palace museum houses the Royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi. The museum has 14 galleries, which displays some beautiful and rare artifacts that used to belong to the former rulers of Kerala. These items include paintings, weapons, arts, ancient carriages, etc. Among the royal collections, one can see beautiful statues, murals, majestic beds and royal ornaments like the crown encrusted with precious gems and stones. The ornaments are kept for public display in the ornaments gallery. The most popular object here is the royal throne or the "Simhasana" of the king.