Mattancherry Palace, Kochi

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Mattancherry Palace, Kochi

Mattancherry Palace is located in Mattancherry, Kochi. The Mattancherry Palace was initially built by Portuguese in the year 1557 and it was gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi. The palace was built to appease the king after they plundered a temple nearby. Later, the palace was renovated by the Dutch in the year 1663. Therefore the Mattancherry Palace is popularly known as Dutch Palace. The main attraction of the palace is it houses Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. The palace is an architectural masterpiece exhibiting the mixture colonial and Kerala style architecture.

The Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace, KochiThe Mattancherry Palace is a quadrangular building constructed in Nalukettu style, the usual Kerala type of architecture, having a courtyard at middle. Inside the courtyard there exists a small temple dedicated to 'Pazhayannur Bhagavati', the protecting deity belonging to the Kochi royal family. There are a couple of more temples on both side of this Palace, one dedicated to Lord Krishna and another to Lord Siva. Several stuff of architecture, such as to provide an example the kind of its arches as well as the ratio of its chambers are indicative of European influence in simple Naluketttu style.

The palace also consists of rare samples of customary Kerala flooring that seems like polished black marble but is in fact a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices as well as egg whites.

Murals of Mattancherry Palace

The two storey Mattancherry Palace structure that stands by the panoramic Kochi backwaters have an beautiful collection of murals together covering over 300 square feet of its walls. The designs of those murals are taken from the famous Indian epics - the Ramayana as well as the Mahabharatha, in addition to mythology plus legends on the Hindu gods in particular Guruvayurappan. Several murals symbolize scenes from Kumarasambhavam as well as other works of famous Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. Additionally on exhibit are royal paraphernalia such as weapons, swings as well as furniture which provide a glimpse of daily activities of royal family.

Other exhibits of the Mattancherry Palace include Portraits of the Rajas of Cochin, from 1864 onwards are exhibited in the Coronation Hall. The ceiling of this Coronation hall is adorned with flower-patterned designs in wood craft.

Present Mattancherry Palace

The Mattancherry Palace was restored and declared a centrally protected monument in the year 1951. The Mattancherry Palace is now going through a second time restoration by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The restoration of this palace will make the historical structure to a building and a museum of an international standard, protecting its originality, however giving prominence to the important facets.

Distance from Mattancherry Palace

Kochi: 3 Km
Ernakulam: 20 Km
Alappuzha: 57 Km
Kumarakom: 59 Km
Kottayam: 69 Km
Kuttanad: 76 Km
Thrissur: 88 Km
Idukki: 110 Km
Munnar: 130 Km
Kollam: 146 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 209 Km
Kozhikode: 210 Km
Kovalam: 215 Km
Kannur: 299 Km
Kasargod: 391 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI).

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam railway station.

Road: Mattancherry Palace in Kochi is well connected by the road network. There are frequent bus and boat services to Mattancherry.

Boats: The boats start from main Boat Jetty near Subash Park at Ernakulam town.

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