Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Ernakulam


Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Ernakulam
 
This esteemed palace was gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Verma of Kochi by the Portuguese sometimes around the year 1557. In addition to that the palace was renovated in the year 1663 by the Dutch much to the delight of the ones residing in it. From the first glance, it was clear that the prestigious mansion resembled nobility. The design resembles a typical high-class Kerala mansion with a ‘Bhagavathi Temple in the central portion of the courtyard and 4 wings that lead to the central courtyard.
Travelers will be delighted to know that the location of this palace is totally picturesque with the Kochi backwaters adding to the medieval beauty of this two-storeyed palace. Visitors can enjoy the grandness of ancient murals that cover around 300 sq. ft. of its walls. The theme of this palace including the design of the murals has been borrowed from the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

The designs or the patterns on the murals are more than just designs, but depict some of the great works of Kalidasa and scenes from Kumarasambhavam. Rest one can have a glimpse of the ancient weaponry and ancient furniture that can give you a brief idea on the lifestyle of people who resided in this palace.

Fridays: Closed

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam

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