Hill Palace Museum

Price Range

5 - 50.00




Hill Palace is the largest and first-ever museum in Kerela. Located in Tripunithura, it is built in the year 1865. The Hill Palace was once the Imperial Administrative office and also the official residence of Kochi Maharaja. This massive palace is called hill palace because it is located on a hill and it has a beautiful garden and view from the palace is to die for. Located about 10 km from Kochi. 

This beautiful Museum has a sense of history and heritage linked to it. Going through this museum is like going through some part of history. The ancient culture you get to see through this place is outstanding and very liberating. The rulers of this place took good care of this place and so as the government of India. The Glorious Hill Palace is worth a visit.



History Of The Hill Palace Museum

This beautiful Palace has around 49 buildings and it is spread across 54 acres. There are a total of 49 traditional architectural buildings. The complex has an archaeological ancient museum, heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and as well as a children's park. The buildings are white in colour and very well maintained. In the complex there are also terraced lawn, ponds and fountain are perfect for photography. 

The palace is also very famous in movies. A lot of Bollywood and Tollywood movies have been shot here. The most famous movie is the Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu. You can see oil-paintings, murals, sculptures, manuscripts and belongings of the Kochi royal family. Antique ceramics from the Far East, ancient Kudakkallu, Thoppikkallu, laterite memorials and wooden memorials from ancient civilisations like the Indus Valley and Harappa can also be seen here. It even has a gallery showcasing contemporary art. It is a pride for Keralite people to have relics of such value and significance placed here.

The palace Also exhibited hundreds of different antique pieces of from Japan and China, tombstone, hood stone, menhirs, granite, laterite memorials, rock-cut weapons from the Stone Age, wooden temple models, and plaster cast models of objects from Mohenjodaro and Harappa Civilisation. The museum also owns a gallery of contemporary art. If you are in Kerela, this mesmerizing palace is worth a visit.



Best Time To Visit The Hill Palace Museum

Kerela is a tropical city and summers can be extremely hot here. In rainy season you will experience extreme rainfalls and also mild Floods sometimes. Winter season from October to March is the perfect time to visit The Hill Palace Museum.



Good Accommodations To Stay Near The Hill Palace Museum

  • Hill Palace Hotel & Spa
  • Ashoka Inn Chottanikkara 
  • The Classik Fort
  • Temple Plaza
  • Happy Stay
  • Aquaria The Boutique Resort



Best Restaurants To Eat Near Hill Palace Museum

Kerela has some amazing food. Malayali food is quite popular in India and across the world as well. Some very famous south Indian delicacies are Dosa, Idli and many more.

Some Famous restaurants near The Hill palace are:-

  • Rajadhani
  • Chillies Restaurant
  • NM Food World Restaurant
  • Hotel Aryans
  • Mosaic
  • Trilogy
  • Sky Grill

You can enjoy some authentic Keralite food in these places near The Hill Palace.




  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Train : Ernakulam, about 10 km
  • By Flight : Cochin International Airport, about 33 km
  • By Bus : Hill Palace Bus stop


Ticket Pricing

  • For Adults : Rs 10
  • For Child : Rs 5
  • For Camera : Rs 50
  • For Parking : Rs 20

Nearest Tourist Attractions Hill Palace Museum

  • Kerela Folklore Theatre and Museum
  • Marine Drive
  • Sea India Foundation
  • Cherai Beach
  • Willingdon Island
  • Bolgatty Palace
  • Indo-Portuguese Museum
  • Paradesi Synagogue
  • Veegaland
  • Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary


Hill Palace Museum, Hill Palace Road, Irumpanam, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Rating & Reviews

Very Good
Based on 10325 reviews
Very Good
Greshma Clement
Greshma Clement
07/30/2020 12:06
It an archaeological museum cum palace located at Cochin. It was the residence of Cochin Maharaja. It was built in 1865. And thus it looks classic in its architecture. From the palace gate, we have to climb a number of steps to reach the palace building. The old palace is surrounded by thousands of trees (looks like a mini forest). And there is a huge wall at the border of the palace compound. Altogether it's a great place to visit.
03/03/2020 13:57
I'm giving it just 4 star because of the price of the food items available there.. I've been to many places but no other places have increased tax price for food items like this place has.. so better consider that before buying anything.. other than that, it's a beautiful place.. you can enjoy the art and culture of the history of hill palace.. very peaceful and beautiful atmosphere outside the palace..
Aniket Yadav
Aniket Yadav
06/29/2020 11:33
Beautiful hill palace. It was the imperial administrative office and official residence of Cochin Maharaja. Built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across 54 acres. This Hill Palace is the largest archeological museum in Kerala.
Saneesh Mathew
Saneesh Mathew
05/23/2020 16:36
Very nice well maintained palace, enjoyed very much, and surrounding area very nice. we thought we won't spent so much time there . but we spent well 3 hours there. no shoes and camera allowed in museum. other surrounding place shoes were allowed highly recommended.
Ranitt Kumar
Ranitt Kumar
08/15/2020 15:30
As name says the palace was built in 1865 on hill top with many walking steps includes landing space in between to reach the hill top of the palace. Similarly many internal zig zag roads to reach the top. Nice view and well maintained real palace turned into Museum for public. There are basically two palaces one in Kochi, Cichin and other in Thiruvithancore, Trivandrum "Manichitrathazhu" the Malayalam movie's main scenes with beautiful songs were pictured here in 1993. It is the largest archeological museum in the Kerala sate and was the imperial administrative office and official residence of the Cochin Maharaja. The palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across 54 acres.

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Normally, you should budget 1-2 hours as the time taken to visit the Hill Palace Museum. It depends on your level of interest in the place and whether you wish to have a more detailed and thorough tour or not, the time taken can be less or more.
Winter Season from October to March is the perfect time to visit The Hill Palace Museum.
During 12:30 PM to 2 PM palace will be closed but you can see the sight outside the palace-like deer park and enjoy the views in the garden. You can enjoy the breeze also sightseeing.
It is the palace of The Rulers of Cochin. A trip to this place must be inspiring for the children, to know more about our past.
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