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Snacks and Beverages included
Led by a local guide
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
After meeting your guide at the Hill Palace Museum in Tripunithura (pronounced as Thri-pooni-thoora), begin by visiting the nearly 150-year-old Hill Palace which was the seat of power from which nine rajah’s ruled over the princely state of Kochi. Today, the palace has been converted into a museum with antiques and portraits belonging to the royal family. Go back in time as your guide shares stories and anecdotes about the lavish lifestyles of generations of royalty and learn why none of the local rulers ever wore the gold crown, studded with precious stones, that was given to them by King Emmanuel of Portugal.
From the Hill Palace, continue to the nearby residential quarters of the royal family. Explore the more than 100-year-old residence as your guide shares stories of royal life including the controversy and treachery surrounding the sale of treasures to build a railway line. Then you will have the chance to meet members of the current royal family in their residence which is a modest, traditional Kerala home.
After high-tea with your royal hosts, admire the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple in Tripunithura where the tour ends.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
A maximum of 12 people per booking.
Some amount of walking is involved, including climbing stairs, first to the entrance of the Museum and then inside to access the upper floor.
Shoes have to be removed before entering the Museum. The floor outside the Museum gets hot, so it is advisable to wear socks.
Not wheelchair accessible
Passport details required at time of booking
Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may be refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
Photography is not allowed inside the Hill Palace Museum. You are allowed to click pictures outside of the buildings and the landscaped gardens. Your camera can be secured in a locker and the key will be given to you.
Mobile phones are not allowed inside the Hill Palace Museum. It can be secured in a locker and the key will be given to you.
The ticket counter at the Hill Palace Museum in Tripunithura
9:30am or 2pm
Tour ends outside the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple in Tripunithura