Mattancherry Palace
Mattancherry Palace
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This 16th-century Dutch building now houses a Hindu temple.
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  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona2,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Palace Centrally Located in Kochi
    The Mattancherry Palace located in Kochi India has also been called the "Dutch Palace". However, despite this name "Dutch Palace", this palace was built by the Portugal as a gift to the King of Kochi India around the mid-1500's. Today, this former Palace serves as a tourist museum holding historic relics from centuries ago. The Palace is a nice place to visit and marvel at some of the historical items within the Palace itself.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • LoloD
    Mumbai, India234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully restored palace converted to a museum
    We went on a weekday in the morning and it was not very crowded. Entry fee is nominal. Few exhibits but interesting ones. The architecture of the place was restored and beautiful especially the woodwork on the ceilings and windows. The staircase leading up to it on the first floor is rather steep and the elderly and those with disability would find it a challenge. Worth visiting.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Jay Shah
    Ahmedabad, India2,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful palace
    We visited this place in the morning. This place shows Royal Kochi culture. Their history is very well presented on different walls and ceilings of the palace with the help of drawings and sculptures. In the center area of two or three halls, there are beautiful display of their war clothes, war arms and war heads. Also displays of Royal clothes and their Royal Family wall frame are there. It's worth place to explore Royal kochi and its history.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 May 2024
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Jay Shah
Ahmedabad, India2,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We visited this place in the morning. This place shows Royal Kochi culture. Their history is very well presented on different walls and ceilings of the palace with the help of drawings and sculptures. In the center area of two or three halls, there are beautiful display of their war clothes, war arms and war heads. Also displays of Royal clothes and their Royal Family wall frame are there. It's worth place to explore Royal kochi and its history.
Written 12 May 2024
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM1,012 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Friends
Also called the Dutch Palace, although it was built in 1545 by Portuguese colonists, the palace was now a museum displaying portraits, palanquins, and other accoutrements of the rajas, plus a collection of decorative objects from elsewhere in Asia. The artifact offer an interesting window into the day-to-day life of members of ruling dynasties.
Written 14 February 2024
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Suddhendu Chakraborty
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
An Amazing journey to witness the history of Royal Kochi, their uprising, splendour and struggle against the other contesting forces.The palace houses rare collection of robes and dressedms used by the royalty, the indigenous coinage system, the weaponry.But te most important attraction of the palace lies on the wall murals.An astonishing and mesmerising journey to ancient Indian Mythology.
Written 4 February 2024
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SandyWest
Bengaluru, India387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the 'No to be Missed' spots in the city tour, this monument besides its steep historical value is also an interesting museum of period collections.
The architecture is typical of the region and the rich wooden usage is exquisite, indeed.
Written 4 January 2024
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LoloD
Mumbai, India234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went on a weekday in the morning and it was not very crowded. Entry fee is nominal. Few exhibits but interesting ones. The architecture of the place was restored and beautiful especially the woodwork on the ceilings and windows.
The staircase leading up to it on the first floor is rather steep and the elderly and those with disability would find it a challenge.
Worth visiting.
Written 28 December 2023
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A must-visit place when you visit Fort Kochi. A prime attraction for tourists in the Kochi region. Most people don't realise the Dutch influence on India until they come to this place. This palace with a nice view is well-maintained and has a unique collection. It's not air-conditioned and can get hot inside. The entrance fee is just Rs 5. Weekends draw huge crowds and traffic congestion. The exterior boasts vast, beautifully maintained lawns.

The palace, serving as a museum, is a beautiful architectural delight. The old palace vibe is well-preserved. Only a part is open to tourists, detailed with intricate ceilings, windows, doors, and woodwork what sets the palace apart is its stunning mural paintings, depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as portraits of the Kochi royal family. The vibrant colours and intricate detailing offer a fascinating insight into Kerala's artistic heritage. The palace is approximately 1 km walk from Fort Kochi jetty.

Architecture lovers will appreciate the gorgeous detailing of the works in the palace and the interiors are photogenic. No photos are allowed in some rooms with murals. There is a UPI ticket payment option. Open parking is available with restricted access to specific sections. It shares a wall with Pazhayannur Mahavishnu Temple. The Dutch Palace is a prime tourist attraction in Fort Kochi with notable Dutch influence.
Written 10 November 2023
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ2,439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Mattancherry Palace located in Kochi India has also been called the "Dutch Palace". However, despite this name "Dutch Palace", this palace was built by the Portugal as a gift to the King of Kochi India around the mid-1500's. Today, this former Palace serves as a tourist museum holding historic relics from centuries ago. The Palace is a nice place to visit and marvel at some of the historical items within the Palace itself.
Written 5 October 2023
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SS
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A well-maintained palace. a must see especially if one is interested in history.
Many lovely wall paintings and old photographs are to be seen inside.
Written 5 August 2023
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sanjna S
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The Mattancherry Palace is a palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala which features Kerala .
Written 1 June 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The original palace dates from the 1540s when the Portuguese ruled Cochin. It was "a gift" (not to say bribe) to the Raja to get his support. After the Dutch defeated the Portuguese in 1663 the palace was thoroughly renovated and took its present form. The Dutch clearly wanted to show the Raja they were superior to the Portuguese and thus better 'allies'. Through the subsequent centuries the Raja family further embellished the palace resulting in beautifully woodcrafted ceilings, colourful murals, exquisite furniture and paintings.

Well worth a visit, though the atmosphere is a bit spoiled by guards who are instructed to strictly enforce the No Photography rule. A visit to the nearby synagogue is more pleasurable.
Written 12 March 2023
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