We now were near the Hill Palace of Tripunithura Kochi, which is hailed as the largest archeological museum in Kerala. It is nothing more than 12 kilometers away from the main city but packed in itself more than one could take in all of 54 acres of land. Before proceeding we equipped ourselves with all the literature that we could on this landmark so that we could appreciate it fully. This was our tryst with royalty as we knew that this palace belonged to the Maharaja of Cochin and was used as the administrative office in the earlier times. But this property has been now given to the Government of Kerala by the royals.
As we enter the premise, quick assessment affirms that the palace has now been divided into various sections. It has an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park. Luckily we seem to be just in time as the visiting hours for the evening into the museum are between 4 pm to 6:30 pm. It is mind-boggling how this place is a complete treat for the artifact lovers as there are murals, oil paintings, belongings of the royal Kochi family, sculptures, and all things ancient on full display for the general public. There is even the royal throne placed and I could almost imagine a royal king seated in his full splendor!
Further as I explore, a section devoted entirely to rare herbs and medicinal plants catch my attention. It is commendable how nature is preserved in this museum. It just does not stop, history comes alive for us as there are exhibited tools of the stone age era, plaster cast models of objects of Mohenjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Civilization and ceramic vases from China and Japan too. There is the gallery of contemporary art also for us to see. It has such a great slice of history and we had such little time. Nevertheless we could not dwell on it any further as Kochi had other attractions stored for us. We would wind it here at Hill Palace of Tripunithura Kochi to reach our hotel, dine and then head to know more about the Chinese fishing nets in the following day.