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Cochin Royal Heritage Trail - Tales of a Dynasty

Unique Tours | English, Hindi, Tamil

Hill Palace Museum: Ernakulam | 5775 Onwards


10.00am to 12.30pm

2.00pm to 4.30pm

The story of Cochin is also the story of the Cochin Royal Family. One among three major royal dynasties of Kerala, the Cochin Royal Family played a significant role in shaping Kerala’s history, both past and present. Alongside narrating the fascinating story of the royal family, the trail also aims to create awareness, both within the family and among locals, the alarming pace at which the family and the City is losing its heritage.

 On this trail we explore the origins of this royal dynasty and the rise and fall in their fortunes under the Europeans before their eventual merger with the Indian Union. We also look at their role in developing the modern city of Kochi and their contributions in the field of art, culture, language, education and medicine. We start with the Hill Palace, the last seat of power of the Rajahs, now a Museum, before moving to the residential quarters of the royal family that radiates around the family temple and showcases some of the best in traditional and colonial architecture. High-tea with present day members of the family, a very informal interaction, at their private residence is how we bring the trail to an end. “Palace” in a Kerala context is very different from what you would see in Mysore or Rajasthan. The Palace and the family homes are very simplistic in nature, just like the family members who themselves lead simple lives and are part of mainstream society today.


  • Age Limit: Open to all
  • Booking depends on availability which needs to be checked atleast 3 days before the selected date of tour.
  • A minimum of 2 persons are required for conducting the tour.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the Hill Palace Museum.
  • Cameras and bags are not allowed inside the Museum and have to kept in a locker outside.
  • Footwear has to be left outside in the footwear room. The floor outside the Museum can get hot mid-day and in the afternoon, so advisable to wear socks.
  • Water in water bottles can be carried inside the Museum. Single use plastic bottles like the ones in which mineral water is sold (Bisleri, Kinley, etc.) are not allowed.