During our Kochi travels, we spent a few hours at the Hill Palace which was the home of the royal family of Kochi. This palace was built in 1865 on the top of a hill after the original palace was flooded. Upon arriving at the palace grounds, one can climb straight up the steps to get to the front door or take the smooth winding road. Both sides of the steps are huge gardens filled with flowers and trees. After reaching the top of the hill, one has a magnificent view of the entire city.


The majestic front steps of the Kochi Hill Palace in Kerala, India.

The majestic front steps of the Kochi Hill Palace in Kerala, India.

 

 

Upon entry to the museum a huge elephant carved from rosewood with ivory tusks greets every visitor. Inside the palace the rooms are large and airy. The walls are beautiful and floors are wood or mosaic. The rooms have glass windows but some, especially along the walkways, have shutters to let the breezes flow through. On display are the maharajas’ treasures from all over the world including Japanese vases, a magnificent gold crown that was given to the king of Kochi by the Portuguese (it weighs over 3 pounds) and an elevator that was imported from England. Different rooms were filled with sculpture, jewelry, antique currency, weapons and carriages.

 

The front lawn of the Kochi Hill Palace in Kerala, India.

The front lawn of the Kochi Hill Palace in Kerala, India.

I am glad that the palace is being preserved by the local archaeological society for all to see since all of the princely states are long past.
 

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