The Department of Tourism, Al Ameen College decided to conduct a visit to the Hill Palace Museum at Thripunithura on 11 th of November 2022.Hill Palace is the largest archeological museum in Kerala, located at Tripunithura, Kochi. 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 (220,000 m2). The complex has an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park. The campus of the museum is home to several rare species of medicinal plants. Presently the palace has been converted into a museum by The Kerala State Archaeology Department and is open to public. The palace is about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) from the city centre and is approachable by road and rail.
The Centre for Heritage Studies (CHS), an autonomous research and training institute set up by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala also functions at the site. CHS is designated as the ‘Manuscript Conservation Centre’ (MCC) and Manuscript Resource Centre (MRC) by the National Mission for Manuscripts.
The Department of Tourism’s students visited the museum where they saw Maharajas’ jewellery, art galleries, and mural paintings among other things. The team had lunch at 1 pm and reached college by 2.30.