Historical | Museum / Gallery
#12 of 39 Places to Visit in Kochi
Distance (From Ernakulam Jn (South) Railway Station): 10 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: This place can be visited along with Chinese Fishing Nets (4 Kms), Fort Kochi Beach (4 Kms), St. Francis Church (4 Kms) & Cochin Jewish Synagogue (0.5 Kms)
At a distance of 10 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Dutch Palace, also known as Mattancherry Palace is located in Mattancherry near Jewish Synagogue.
Built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of kochi in 1555 AD, it took on its present popular name 'Dutch Palace' after 1663, when the Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India. The entrance to the Palace compound is through two arches which are typically Portuguese in character. The Palace with two floors built around a central courtyard follows the traditional Kerala style of architecture known as Nalukettus. From the outside, the palace looks European in character .The palace also houses Pazhayannur Bhagavati Temple, Lord Krishna Temple and Lord Siva Temple.
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed on Fridays & National Holidays. Photography not allowed inside.