Paliam Dutch Palace

Paliam Dutch Palace, North Paravur: Hours, Address, Paliam Dutch Palace Reviews: 3.5/5

Paliam Dutch Palace
3.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Elsie Gabriel
Mumbai, India58 contributions
Family
Paliam Palace can be approached by the get on get off water taxi during the Waterfront Tours in Kerala. During the worst days of Portuguese atrocities in the 16th century, even the Raja of Cochin was not safe. The then, Paliath Valiachan, the Prime Minister of Cochin, ensured the safety of the Raja by escorting him to Chendamangalam. The Raja is believed to have stayed incognito in a place near Kalari and hence the name Kovilakam or Palace. Later the building was renovated by the Dutch. The Dutch influence in the design and architecture of the building is quite evident. Now the dynasty has handed over to Heritage maintenance. The tour guides offered refreshing coconut water and explained all three floors of every artifact that was used by the dynasty. Rich inheritance and culture is evident. Carry an umbrella and be prepared to walk and wear good shoes when using a water taxi. Don't miss the destination, as you will have many to choose from. Steeped in history you will get lessons of how India evidently became independent. Very inspirational trip."
Written 17 August 2019
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rodtrishmcb
Wollongong, Australia72 contributions
Couples
This is a small museum but given the Dutch input into the area, it is well worth a visit. The frescoes and pictures need someone who can tell you the stories associated with them. We went about 12md and found we had plenty of time to view the exhibits No photography is allowed, which is fair enough and I am pleased to say it is policed. Sadly the grounds are not well looked after , but that seems to be the case everywhere.
Written 7 December 2018
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hariom1018
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Couples
I expected a lot out of this place. I was very disappointed to see that the palace is not well maintained. The priests in the temples inside the palace were very rude. Their mission is to make some money from the visitors. Most of the Indian and foreign visitors were disappointed with the appearance and upkeep of the palace. Hope government will give a contract to a private company to maintain and improve its appearance that is very poor now.
Written 13 March 2018
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Digamber Rathore
New Delhi, India96 contributions
Ducth palace is a small museum in mattanchery, its renovated by Dutch so it got its name like that. Collections of some Palanquin, fresco of Ramayana & different Hindu mythology and some Raja's portrait. No photography allowed inside permises you get entry to this palace at very minimal charges 5 rupee.
Written 23 February 2018
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Akash_Topdar
New Delhi, India54 contributions
Family
The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.
A must visit place for those who love to know more about the history of Rajas (rulers/kings) of Kochi.
Written 29 December 2017
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JulieMcK61
Tetbury, UK72 contributions
Friends
Lovely palace which has been well looked after and with a guide it is very interesting and worth a visit
Written 14 December 2017
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Elderly Traveller
Bournemouth, UK1,254 contributions
Couples
This is a very interesting must see. The entrance fee is 5 rupees. It helps to have a guide. Look for the fish in the pond outside which you can feed.
Written 16 November 2017
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Rejeesh C
Kochi (Cochin), India45 contributions
Family
There are 2 palaces close to each other, the Paliam palace and Paliam naalukettu with separate entry tickets (50 Rs each as on oct 2017, guided tour included)..

These are the few things you should know before going..

Paliyathachan (head member of paliam family) was the prime minister of erstwhile Kochi maharajas (rulers) .. So this palace belongs to a minister not a king..

Palaces in Kerala are usually smaller with wooden structures and lesser built area..
So it is most likely that your expectations for a palace may not be met. You might have seen bigger palaces and forts in your life..
But if you want to experience the culture and traditions of Kerala you are welcome..

The guided tour is valuable in my opinion and the rest you can decide..
I would rate them both as good..
but IMO it could have been made better. It is mainly because there is a shortage of exhibits as expected from a museum..
Written 19 October 2017
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soa08cg
London, UK125 contributions
Friends
Lots of very old paintings, carvings, photos and stories of the Rajas in Cochin. Entrance only 5 rupees (6p). Quite a small exhibition which can be done in about 30 minutes. To be honest it wasn't really my thing, but if you're in to history you might enjoy this a bit more.
Written 20 June 2017
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Preethi N
68 contributions
Family
Big wooden elephant welcomes you to the palace. The architecture is superb. The palace is very cold from inside. Each and every room has some story to say. The artefacts are preserved well.
Written 9 May 2017
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