Getting to explore Kerala’s largest archaeological museum. Situated on a hill top, with its 54 acres of land,Hill Palace is most certainly one of its kind. It was built by Kochi Maharaja’s who are believed to have quite the taste for art and culture .
It is not just the scenic beauty that drives people from around the world, Hill Palace also stands as one of the best center for heritage studies. How it was in the past, lifestyle of different “rajas” can be gathered form a visit to this palace.
People who take pleasure in enjoying beauty of nature,observing the wild,this is your dream destination.The architectural beauty is something else that needs the praise.It just leaves ones jaw dropped, making us think how such a construction could have been possible so long back.
This used to be the residential area of different rulers of Kochi. The palace has been handed over to the archaeological department of Kerala and is now one of the main bridges that connect the past to the present.Different folklore, folk art instruments,oil paintings, royal jewellery, crown, throne are all preserved here and is open for the public to see.It also holds many prehistoric stone inscriptions and sculptures.
It is not just the architectural beauty and the heritage of Kerala this palace preserves.It is also home to different varieties of flora and fauna.It has got a beautiful garden,which habitats numerous butterflies in it and a wonderful deer park.
The 54 acres of beautiful landscape also houses many rare medicinal herbs, and is just the perfect destination for botanists.The dense forest trails around the palace provides area to the public for a leisure stroll.The area is quite calm and serene, with fresh air to breath in and purify our “grey cells”.
The place is also a major shooting location.Many film have been shot from here. In fact I was quite lucky to watch one myself.
It is my first experience in exploring a heritage site at my home town and I certainly benefited from it.The knowledge gained is worth the share.I am sure people who visit would go back, having been able to get one step closer to knowing our heritage..!!
PS: This article was originally published on GoUNESCO