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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  • October 3, 2017
    This palace is popularly known as Dutch Palace as the Dutch carried out some extension of this palace in seventeenth century. But the original palace was built by the Portuguese in sixteenth century. ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Heck of a place! Wander slowly around and explore it all, especially the ancient wall paintings. Goggle at the armed guards with their sawn off shotguns!  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We all have seen paintings but the whole book in one wall like that 3 stories in different walls, is awe inspiring. This place is a must to visit.  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    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
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • April 19, 2017
    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
  • March 21, 2017
    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.
  • March 5, 2017
    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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