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Royal Heritage Tour of Tripunithura

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    What to Expect
    Make your own way to the Hill Palace Museum in Tripunithura (pronounced as Thri-pooni-thoora) where you meet your guide. Start with a walking tour of the Hill Palace, which was constructed about 150 years ago for the rajahs who ruled over Kochi. Today the palace has become a museum filled with portraits and antiques that belong to the royal family.

    Learn from your guide about the lavish lifestyles of the Kochi royalty, and hear interesting details such as why the local rulers declined to wear jewel-studded gold crown that was a gift from King Emmanuel of Portugal, and the controversy surrounding the sale of treasures to build a railway line.

    After taking in the Hill Palace, follow your guide to the nearby century-old residence of the royal family. Tour the residence — a modest, traditional Kerala home — then meet members of the current royal family and have high tea.

    Your final destination of the tour is the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, where your tour ends.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hill Palace Road, Hill Palace Rd, Irumpanam, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301, India
    Departure Time
    9:30am or 2pm
    Duration
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, Poornasree duty paid shop, near poornathrayeesa temple, Kottakakom, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301, India
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Tea/Coffee/Refreshing Drink
    • Light refreshments
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

    A Good unique experience and an off beat from the regular tours. Being Rajit it just adds to the experience while he talks and walks you into the Royal History of Cochin.

    Date of experience: September 2016
    1  Thank TriniL26
    TheTravelingGecko, Guest Relations Manager at The Traveling Gecko, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2018

    Thank you Trini. I'm glad you and your friends enjoyed the tour. The Hill Palace Museum is a repository of amazing stories about the Cochin Royal Family, and when you have an interested audience it is so much fun. Cheers!

    Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

    This tour was the highlight of our stay in Cochin. We had an excellent time in Rajith's company! He is very knowledgeable and passionate about his job! He knows so many interesting facts that even Indians don't know (my husband is Indian). Most importantly, what...More

    Date of experience: September 2016
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    TheTravelingGecko, Guest Relations Manager at The Traveling Gecko, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2018

    Thank you Irina. I'm glad you and Aditya enjoyed the tour. The tour is as much about the history and heritage of Kochi as it is about spending time with the Royal Family, who are very much a part of mainstream society today. Needless to...More

    Reviewed July 12, 2014

    The Cochin Royal Heritage Trail was a particularly unique experience. Members of the royal family live and work in Kochi today. Their palaces are in this one area of town. While being larger than the typical home in the area, they're not grand structures. They're...More

    Date of experience: December 2013
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    TheTravelingGecko, Guest Relations Manager at The Traveling Gecko, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2018

    Thank you Steven. We are glad you and your family enjoyed your time on this trail, as much as we enjoyed taking you around. The (royal) family has also expressed their gratitude, especially for the pictures that you shared. They have conveyed their warmest regards...More

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