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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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  • This place was so much full of history it was fantastic .lots to read and see ,olden style clothing, artifacts , photos, absolutely incredible , nice place and cheap to get in also. Not much of a crow...  more »
  • The murals here are extraordinary. I first saw them maybe 20 years ago, and they were in much better condition. It's obvious that nothing is really being done to preserve them and it's heartbreaking. ...  more »
  • Well what a surprise, we found this place quiet interesting, made by our guide providing great inside into what we were seeing.  more »
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to this historical palace. The admission price is very reasonable for the quality of display on offer, just have small notes handy because they don't always have change. The murals are very impressive and rooms look authentic. No photos are allowed inside, which is not surprising given how sensitive the artifacts can be to flash photography. All in all, educational and pleasant trip.
  • This dutch palace is a one of the tourist destination in Kochi. A palace with a humble exterior that contains good examples of Hindu temple art, ornate wood carving, and traditional Kerala flooring. This palace also contains old paintings, coin collection and many historic things. located in a small island near to Mattancherry. Boating service is available to this location and it will cost 100 rupees..
  • Originally constructed by the Portuguese in 1557 for the then ruling King as a gift, the Mattancherry Palace adopted the name ‘Dutch Palace’, after the latter marched into the city. Don’t be fooled by the name of the Palace, as there is nothing Dutch about it. It is a Kerala-styled wood floored mansion which houses coins, murals, paintings and objects, reminiscent of the 16th century. Though incongruous to the museum, the complex also has a famous Pazhayanoor Bhagvathi temple, which is much revered by the locals.
  • Very famous palace in Mattancherry. Full of Hindu temple arts, portraits and Kochi's Raja's. Entry Restricted to Hindus. Difficult to find the entrance as it is so small way. Every wall has pics described with the respective explanation written on the bottom on a wooden piece.
  • Mattancherry Palace or more affectionately known as the Dutch Palace holds quite a few of the historical artifacts of the rulers of the land. A good place to come to read about the royal lineage and history of Kerala. A small entrance fee is charged and footwear is permitted. Only no photography or videography is allowed. The historical significance of the place and collection of items are important. Although, personally, I felt that there should be more effort taken in preserving the frescoes and paintings on the walls which are fading with time. One of the main attractions here in Fort Kochi/Mattancherry area.