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Mattancherry Palace

Built by the Portuguese in the year 1557, the Mattancherry Palace is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kochi, Kerala. The Palace is one of the finest examples of Kerala style of architecture with a blend of colonial influences. In the year 1633, the palace went through major repairs at the hands of the Dutch. Therefore, the palace is also famous as the Dutch Palace. Used by the rulers of Kochi as their royal residence, the Mattancherry Palace has witnessed various eminent ceremonies, like the crowning ceremony of the rulers.

Architecture of the Palace
Mattancherry Palace is a double storied palace with an amazing collection of murals. These murals depict the great Indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata along with the famous Hindu Gods like Lord Krishna of Guruvayur Temple.

The tremendous work of Sanskrit poet Kalidasa has also been depicted here in the palace. The magnificent exhibits of the palace reveal the lives of the royal family, which include the life-size portraits of the Kings of Cochin since 1864, sheathed swords, daggers and axes besides ceremonial spears decorated with feathers.

The courtyard of the palace houses a temple of the royal deity Pazhayannur Bhagavathi. There are also Temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. This elegant palace has been constructed in a simple style, with coronation hall, royal bed chamber, dining hall, assembly hall, ladies quarter and the staircase room. The roof of the palace is adorned with wood carved floral designs including the design of an inverted lotus.

History
The Mattancherry Palace was constructed by the Portuguese in the mid 16th century, and was presented as a gift to the King of Cochin, Raja Veera Kerala Varma. While some say that it was a goodwill gesture to secure trade privileges, others argue that gifted to mollify the King and make peace for plundering a temple in the area.

In 1663, the Dutch took over, and conducted some extension and major renovation works in the Palace. Renovations were also made by the King himself, which gave the palace a more Hindu look. The Kings of Kochi used this palace as royal residence for around two centuries and held significant rituals and functions.

Visiting Hours - 10:00 - 17:00 hours on all days except Fridays.

How to reach
By Train – The nearest railway station to Kochi is Ernakulam station, about 10 km.
By Air – The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, about 42 km.



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