The Mattancherry Palace is also reckoned as the Dutch Palace. Mattancherry Palace is one of the best places for places to visit in Kochi, and one of the most exceptional examples of south Indian architecture. This palace is situated at a distance of 12 kilometers from Ernakulam. Near around 1545 C.E. the Dutch Palace was built. The Portuguese gifted this palace to King Veera Kerala Verma. When this palace was repaired by the Dutch, from that time, it was reckoned as Dutch Palace. Before that, this palace was considered as Mattancherry Palace. This palace is renowned for the spacious and long hall rooms including its courtyard. The Dutch Palace is the home of the divinity of PazhayannurBhagavathy, which belongs to the royal family. Mattancherry Palace is an attractive place among Kochi tourism.
Mattancherry Palace Timings and entry fee-
You can visit the Mattancherry Palace from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm, and in the afternoon from 2 pm from 4:45 pm. It is open except Fridays and Saturdays.
The entry fee of Mattancherry palace is just 2 rupees for adults. Children below 15 years, don't have to give any entry fee.
The Mattancherry Palace is famous among Kochi tourism. In 1555, Portuguese rulers constructed this palace. The interior of this palace was changed with the Hindu temple art by the Kochi Rajas. This Hindu temple art is known as mural painting. From Dutch rulers, the city was taken by Hyder Ali, who was the Sultan of Mysore.
There is a lovely collection of murals in this double storied palace. The Mattancherry Palace delineates some of the great Indian epos, such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. It also depicts the Hindu Gods like Lord Krishna. You also can witness the great works of Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. In this palace, an area of near around 300 square kilometers is covered with the mural paintings. Visitors will get an idea about the royal family in this palace. In the Mattancherry Palace, there are sheathed swords, life-size portraits of the kings of Cochin since 1864. There are also axes and daggers and ceremonial spears that are decorated with feathers. In the Dutch Palace, you also can see royal coins and caps that are issued by the king's Cochin. To experience all the assets of this palace must include Mattancherry Palace in your Kerala tour package.