Mattancherry Palace, Kochi (Cochin)

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. Put Mattancherry Palace into our Kochi (Cochin) journey app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • So the name Palace is very misleading, but there are very beautiful very old and well preserved wall paintings in the building. Is however not quite large and if many tourists there are, it is quite noisy. But nevertheless I would schedule a short visit.
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  • Went in the afternoon of a humid day .. quite high crowds on public holidays.. closes by 5 pm or so.. small but lovely place and steeped in history.. beautiful murals and woodwork.. careful of your st...  more »
  • We were taken here by our guide and found it very interesting. The murals are very detailed and quite amazing. There are other interesting artefacts and the ceilings here are interesting.  more »
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  • Went to this place with customers. Cannot be called as a palace. Small in size. Could have been maintained better. They are not providing tour guides which can explain the history. But local guides are available outside. Not enough artifacts available at palace.
  • nice place to visit.... especially who seek historic back ground of India. mural paintings are incredible. commonly known as dutch palace...... the gate is so attractive and named aanavathil means elephant gate....
  • This is one of the oldest palace built by Dutch and has some authentic painting on the wall. Entry fee is Rs. 5 per person. Parking is available at the road going to the palace. Has big information boards with pictures to give an idea about the palace and Kerala history in general. Lack basic facilities like public restroom and water. Lacking for a major tourist spot.
  • Just wonderful. This place has a great collection of historical artefacts regarding the history of Kerala. Great ambience. A must visit for tourists!!
  • This palace is also famous by the name, Dutch palace. It was gifted by Portugese to the king of Cochin in 16the century. There are many historical pictures and paintings of late rulers of Kerala. One can see the well preserved dresses and weapons of then Kings of Kerala.

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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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