Mattancherry Palace, Kochi, Kerala

Dutch Palace, Kochi is more popularly known as Mattancherry Palace. It is located at Palace Road, 10 km from Ernakulam city, Kochi. The palace was constructed by the Portuguese and presented to the then Rajah of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. The Rajahs of Keralas made subsequent renovations of the palace, giving it a Hindu texture. In fact, it has become one of the best testimony of the Hindu Temple Art.

The Dutch Palace in Kochi is a two stored building built around a central courtyard. This traditional style of architecture is known as 'nalukettus' in Kerala. The entrance of the palace is arch shaped, which leads to the suite of public rooms. The rounded doors and windows, the masonry walls of Dutch Palace gives it a European look.

But the Indian flavor is more prominent in this palace. There is a temple in the courtyard of the palace, dedicated to the protective God of the Kochi Royal family, Pazhayannur Bhagavati. There are two more temples on either side of the Dutch Palace at Kochi, each dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna. The interior wooden panels of Dutch Palace depicts the weapons, headdresses, robes and palanquins of the Rajas of Kochi. The mural paintings of Dutch Palace exhibits epic scenes from the puranic legends like Ramayana and Mahabharata. These paintings are mainly found in the bed chambers and covers almost an area of 1000 sq ft.

The tourists to Dutch Palace, Kochi also have the privilege to visit the famous Kochi synagogue. It was built way back in 1567.

Location of Mattancherry Palace, Kochi, Kerala

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) - Entry Fee, Timing, Address, Official Website

AddressMattancherry, Kochi, Kerala - 682002
Entry Fee :Entry Fee for Per Person : 2 Rs.
Timings :Visiting Hours - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone No (Official) +91-471-2321132 / 1800-425-4747
Photography allowed or notNot Allowed
Nearest railway stationErnakulam Junction

Last Updated on : May 21, 2015