Mattancherry Palace & Temple
The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. A museum is set to display the culture significance of the palace. Temple is also attached along with the palace.
It was the Portuguese who, after grabbing Cochin from the Dutch, had initially built the Mattanchery Palace in 1557. They, then, gifted it to the Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Cochin, as compensation for a temple they had destroyed, and also as a bribe to gain favors from the ruling dynasty. It was later, in 1663, when the Dutch wrestled Cochin from the hands of the Portuguese that the palace shifted hands.
The Dutch revamped the Mattancherry Palace, which is why it is also famous by the name of Dutch Palace.
Art on the walls
In addition, the walls of the palace which have been decorated with exotic paintings as part of Kerala art, introduced in the palace by the Dutch to please the king, are being preserved by recreating them on paper.
Often referred to as a worthy aspect of traditional Kerala art, the paintings, extreme in detail and portraying images of Vishnu (a replica of that found in the Tripunithura temple), and Uma and Shiva described in Kalidasa’s ‘Kumara Sambhava’ to mention two types, these fall under an art form that traces its historical evidence back to the 10th century AD.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Fridays)
Entrance fee: Rs. 2/- (Children up to 15 years free)
Address: Pazhayannur Temple Ln, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002