July 20, 2010

A 17th century Portuguese Palace - Dutch Palace, Kochi, Kerala, India

Cochin is considered as the commercial capital of Kerala state in India. Cochin aka Kochi and Ernakulam are twin cities. In fact, it can be better considered as a single town. The three main parts of Kochi/Ernakulam are Fort Cochin, Willington Island and Ernakulam.

Mattanchery Palace, which is popularly called as Dutch Palace, is located at Palace Road, Mattancherry. It was built by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. This structure was taken over in 1663 by the Dutch, who added some improvements before presenting it to the Kings of Cochin. Hence, the palace got the name 'Dutch Palace'.

Dutch palace is famous for some of the best mythological murals in India, particularly in the bed chambers. In that room one can see the entire story of Ramayana on the walls. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites. You can also find royal ornaments and raja's seat in this palace.

The palace also houses weapons used by the kings/soldieres and ancient coins. The roofs are decorated and walls are full of murals.
Happy travelling.

Fast Facts

Site Name: Dutch Palace
Site Type: Palace
Highlight: Built by Portuguese in 17th century AD
City Name: Kochi (Cochin)
Location: Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
Nearest Airport: Cochin
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Cochin/Ernakulam
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Cochin/Ernakulam

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