Mattancherry Palace is located in Kochi, Kerala. It is also called the Dutch
Palace and was constructed by the Portuguese. The palace-turned-museum
showcases various rare artefacts and ornaments which were once owned by the
emperors of Kochi. The palace is a must-visit for archaeologists and history
Mattancherry Palace is constructed in a traditional way and looks majestic. The
court lies in the middle and has four wings around it. The palace is known for
the famous paintings depicted on the walls. Even beautiful portraits of the
rulers of Kochi are showcased here. The traditional tempera technique has been
used for the paintings.
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Mattancherry Palace has an interesting history behind it. It was actually built
by the Portuguese and was a gift to the ruler of Kochi. In 1498, Vasco Da Gama
set his foot on Kappad and discovered India. He was shown great hospitality by
the rulers of Kochi. The rajas of Kochi supported the Portuguese when they were
constantly attacked by theZamorians. As a result of this alliance, the palace
was given as a token of gratitude to the ruler of Kochi. In 1663, the Dutch
conquered Mattancherry. The Dutch renovated the palace and even extended it,
and, since then, the palace is called the Dutch Palace.
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MattancherryPalace is filled with paintings depicting the Ramayana and the life
of Lord Krishna. For art lovers, this place is a must visit. Famous paintings
like the depiction of Lakshmi on the lotus, Lord Shiva and Parvati sitting next
to each other, the Govardhana being lifted by Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu
sleeping are depicted on the walls of the palace. These paintings look
beautiful and showcase Hindu traditions.
of the epic poem by Kalidasa ”Kumarasambhavam” are also illustrated here. Apart
from murals, various other artefacts like royal swords, furniture, silk
umbrellas and even royal gowns are showcased.
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Mattancherry Palace is beautifully made and has an authentic Keralite
touch to it (called Nalukettu style) inspired a little by European
architecture. Shaped like a quadrangle, it has a court in the centre which has
3 temples devoted to PazhayannurBhagavati, Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. The
dining hall looks grand and is adorned with beautiful cups made out ofbrass.
The floor is made of lime, charcoal, bunt coconut shells and surprisingly even
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Palace is quite accessible and can be reached with ease. You can book a taxi,
autorickshaw or even take a ferry to reach the palace. If you want to enjoy
nature’s beauty, then you can opt to walk from the Bazaar. It would hardly take
30 minutes to reach the destination.