Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Kerala

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace)

Location: Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, is located in the proximity of the Mattancherry bus stop in Kochi, in the Kerala state.

Description: The Palace was constructed by the Portuguese back in the year 1557 and was gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma, who was the then king of Kochi. In the year 1663 the palace was renovated by the Dutch people and hence it is also known as the Dutch Palace. One can find beautiful work of art in the form of murals, depicting scenes from the two famous Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, along with a few other legendary tales.The palace showcases maps of Kochi region made by the Dutch, royal robes of the kings, along with furniture and palanquins. The unique 3-D picture of the Maharajas in the palace is praiseworthy. The Palace has two floors. Coconut shells have been used as flooring for the royal bedroom and it appears like black marble. The roof of the Royal Dining Hall is well decorated and a temple is housed in the middle courtyard of the Palace.

Activities: Besides admiring the majestic grandeur of this palace, which can only be visited between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can indulge in shopping for antiques and spices from the local market outside the Palace.

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