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Museums in Kochi, India

Kochi’s museums are an eclectic lot. Some like the Naval Maritime Museum seek to shock and awe visitors with a massive display of naval power. Others like the Museum of Kerala History and the Indo-Portuguese Museum are trying to safeguard and showcase Kochi and Kerala’s rich history and culture.

But the really interesting ones are the former palaces of the Kochi Rajas, which are now museums and galleries. The Hill Palace Museum, for instance, has a priceless solid gold royal crown studded with precious stones. That, and paintings and other art and objects from the royal heritage of Kochi and Travancore. Oh, and a nice little deer park too.

Then there’s Mattancherry Palace Museum, also known as the Dutch Palace. It has an interesting history, having been gifted in the 16th century to the Raja of Kochi by the Portuguese, and then pounded into rubble by the Dutch Governor who apparently then felt sorry about going all Hulk on Kochi. So he got the palace fixed up and handed it back to the Kochi royal family. Apart from the exquisite murals depicting Hindu temple art, the Dutch Palace also has exhibits that include royal items preserved over the centuries, along with portraits of the successive Rajas of Kochi whose coronations took place in this same palace.

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Top 10 Museums in Kochi, India

  • Hill Palace Museum – Located near Tripunithura, this 1865 royal palace is a must-visit for tourists in Kochi. Don’t miss the royal crown made of solid gold, and check out the deer park with peacocks.
  • Indian Naval Maritime Museum – This is the INS Dronarcharya gunnery school at Fort Kochi. You get to see models of historic battles, lots of naval arms and ammo, and even replicas of some of the navy’s ships.
  • Matancherry Palace – Located in Matancherry, this historic royal palace is now a museum offering murals of Hindu temple art, portraits of the Rajas and what’s left of the objects they used.
  • Museum of Kerala Arts and History – Located in Edappally, this museum combines paintings and art created by contemporary artists with historic art that is centuries old.
  • Indo Portuguese Museum – Located at the Bishop’s House in Fort Kochi, this museum showcases the strong Portuguese contribution to Christian culture and heritage in India.
  • Kerala Folklore Museum – Located at Thevara, this new museum seeks to bring all the art and culture of Kerala under a single roof.
  • Parishath Thampuran Museum – Located on Durbar Hall Rd in Ernakulum. Another former royal property of the Kochi Rajas used as a Durbar Hall (King’s Court) that now houses historic artworks owned by the Rajas.
  • Greenix Village – Cultural art center on Calvathy Rd in Fort Kochi where you can see all of Kerala’s different art forms.
  • Space Museum and Science Park – Located at the Ernakulam SRV School, this museum contains actual rockets and satellites donated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and other government agencies.
  • Marine Biodiversity Museum – Located at the CMFRI Headquarters on Marine Drive, this museum houses hundreds of fish species, corals, crustaceans, seaweeds, and even Antarctic birds and a dolphin.

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Top 3 Museums in Kochi, India

  • Hill Palace Museum – Located on Palace Hill Road near Tripunithura (about six miles outside Ernakulum), this 1865 royal palace is a must-visit for tourists in Kochi. Don’t miss the royal crown made of solid gold, and check out the deer park with peacocks. It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and then 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Entry fee of Rs. 30 (Rs. 10 for children below 12) for adults. Camera and video fees extra.
  • Indian Naval Maritime Museum – Located at INS Dronarcharya (navy gunnery school) at Fort Kochi. You get to see models of historic battles, lots of naval arms and ammo, and even replicas of some of the navy’s ships. It’s open every day from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and then from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Entry fee of Rs. 25 for foreigners and Rs. 15 for Indians. Additional charges for camera and video recording.
  • Matancherry Palace – Located in Matancherry, this historic royal palace has been mute witness to waves of invasions, sieges and the rise of fall of kingdoms and empires alike. Now it’s a museum, offering murals of Hindu temple art, portraits of the Rajas and what’s left of the objects they used. It’s open on all days except Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry of Rs. 5 for adults.