Hill Palace Museum

The Hill Palace museum is located in Ernakulam, Kerala, it was official residence of the Kochi royal family, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. The Hill Palace museum houses the Royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi. Some prominent displays in the full-fledged Ethno-archaeological museum are oil paintings, murals, inscriptions, coins, stone sculptures and manuscripts, belongings of the Kochi royal family and royal furniture.

It was set up in the year 1865 and now is an important tourist attraction in Kerala. The Hill Palace Museum of Kochi is situated on a hillock and is surrounded by 50 acres of manicured lawns with fountains and ponds. Palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala, sprawled over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped terraced land which houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Numerous species of flora including rare medicinal plants grow here.