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.
Mattancherry Palace Reviews
Undoubtedly a lot of history but limited on physical attraction. Quite a small building with the main point being the attractive murals. The surroundings were decidedly tacky and unkempt. Having said ... more »
Basically it is a museum focussed on Varma rulers.Displays information about the different Varma rulers who have ruled the region and artifacts, equipments used by the them etc. more »
The place has a great feel about it... The seats by the windows offer a great spot to contemplate on times past and present. The murals are truly magnificent but restoration is long due. If the Archeology Dept can undertake good restoration, the place would be the place to be. The pond in the premises needs cleaning. On the whole the rooms inside are neat. Whatever happens don't miss the Krishna Leela Mural. It's pretty naughty.
Had a wonderful experience at Dutch palace, revisiting the past. Only worry was that the place was too small, and could have maintained and organised the crowd much better. Many people visit the place without knowing the history, which is really disappointing.
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