Visiting : 9:30AM–12:30PM <lunch Break> 2:00PM–4:30PM
A favorite location for many film makers, the palace in Kochi has gained its status as an important landmark. This is the place where the creepy and perplexing stairways from ‘Manichithrathazhu’ was mainly shot even-though the single haunted house in the movie carries visuals of Padmanabhapuram palace (Thuckalay) too. ‘Finger Print’ was another notable Malayalam move shot at Hill Palace.
Major movies shot at the premises of the Hill Palace:
Moonnam Mura (1988)
Chotta Mumbai (2007)
During early 80's the palace was taken over by the archeological department and took almost 6 years trying to renovate and restore its glory. The museum was thrown open for the public in May 1986 showcasing objects derived from the Kochi Royal Family.
Declared as a protected monument in 2003 the palace museum has many valuables like a gold crown of 1.75 kg, presented to the king of Kochi by King Immanuel of Portugal, and the Bible (Hebrew, Old Testament) written on goat skin.
Even-though the work on the palace complex began in 1865 in over 52 acres with an Ettukettu (a traditional building with two courtyards), some buildings were added even as late as 1956.