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Mattancherry Palace, Kochi (Cochin)

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Explore exquisite artworks at Mattancherry Palace, a palace with a humble exterior that contains fine examples of Hindu temple art, ornate wood carving, and traditional Kerala flooring. The Portuguese constructed the palace and presented it to the Raja of Kochi around 1555 as a goodwill gesture after their forces plundered a nearby temple. Renovated and extended by the Dutch just over 100 years later, the austere exterior gives nothing of its contents away. Step inside to see the palace's well-known collection of art, with many Western-style portraits of the Cochin Rajas, finely created and preserved Hindu murals, and an elegant carved roof. To visit Mattancherry Palace on your trip to Kochi (Cochin), use our Kochi (Cochin) vacation builder.
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  • It is but a small Palace but with many details and original attributes of that time. Thanks to our guide Joseph and his beautiful stories was quite interesting. Campbell
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  • This palace was the home of the Rajas of Cochin. It is on the second floor up a flight of steps. Their are no elevators so don't recommend for anyone who can't deal with a lot of stairs. The palace it...  more »
  • Gives you a glimpse of Indian royalty at a time when major changes to their status was on the horizon. This isn't a "grand palace," merely a royal place to live on the edge of Jewtown and Paradesi Syn...  more »
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  • This Palace will take you to a great History!! The History of our HOME LAND, Our Rulers, Their Lifestyle and all. Visit... It's just 5 INR per ticket. You won't regret
  • We walked via the long street lined with shops, stalls, and eateries on both sides to enter "Dutch Palace". Built by the Portuguese in 1557, renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and standing by the panoramic Kochi backwaters, Dutch Palace is a typical Kerala style mansion with a Bhagavathi Temple in the central courtyard. As we walked from each of the rather cramped sections, we viewed the exquisite collection of murals, collectively covering over 300 sq ft of the walls. Really interesting. Really knowledgeable.
  • The Dutch Palace! Very nice place. A must go place if you ever visit Cochin the murals and tapestries on the walls are amazing. Wonderful display of history. Had been here with my wife, and the visit was truly amazing
  • A must see for history enthusiasts. You can really feel the history unfolding inside these premises. Put yourself into the shoes of the Kings and Queens lived inside these and you can really have a whiff of the past glory. Well maintained and administered. Staff is very sincere and strict in imposing discipline and order.
  • The palace is a treasure trove of information of the bygone era and life of the Cochin royalty. However it's time that access to the ground floor is restored to the visitors, for these house the bedroom murals (including sensuous ones) of great workmanship. Lastly its time the visitors entry is restricted to numbers that are management and only the really interested ones should be let in. And yes Definitely not a place to visit when it's hot and humid unless the same is air-conditioned.

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Kochi offers abundant hospitality options, including a dense collection of international five-star hotels. Travelers on a budget can explore the selection of modest but impeccable homestays and guesthouses in the quieter neighborhoods just outside the central tourist area of Fort Cochin; these make great places to meet local hosts and fellow travelers. If you can spend a bit more, a number of boutique hotels in converted European-style mansions offer individual charm, and eco-villages and resort or retreat establishments outside the city center come with full wellness, spa, and culinary packages.
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