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Dutch Palace, Kochi

Visitor information

  • Famous for: Architecture, colonial remains, landscape.
  • Entrance fee: INR 20 for adults and INR 10 for children. (Photography is prohibited).
  • Visiting time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visit duration: 2 to 3 hours.

If you land in Mattancherry which is a suburb, the town of Kochi just 4km from the city, you will be surprised that the place is indeed in Kerala. You are thrown into a melting pot of different cultures and there is no other place in Kerala that reflects so many different populations. That's right in the heart Dutch palace, known locally as the Mattancherry Palace.

Travel tips

  • Photography is prohibited for security reasons in the palace.
  • The relics in the museum are centuries old and therefore priceless. Do not touch the remains or you could damage them.
  • If you pollute the place, large fines will be charged. Plastic, bags, bottles or packets of snacks are not permitted in the palace.
  • There is a a lot of exploration to do on the edge of the Dutch palace. So wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Things to do

  • Walk Antiques shopping in shops near the Dutch Palace. When your wallet is ready, you can shop for some really great antiques and souvenirs to take home with you.
  • The Dutch Palace is in the heart of a cultural hub surrounded by synagogues, local markets run by Gujarati merchants, and beautiful Jain temples must visit places for tourists.
  • Plan the perfect picnic with loved ones on the lawns of the palace grounds. However, this is only possible with prior approval.
  • The palace is surrounded by Jewish settlements that made the place their home. You can visit them for a unique cultural experience.

Availability of guides

A stroll through the palace halls is all about knowing your history. You could appreciate the palace's architecture and art if you know the stories behind it. A guide who is knowledgeable about local history can help you make the most of your time at the Dutch palace. You can pick up your guide at the official Kochi tourism office, which is a safe bet.

Best time to visit Dutch Palace

The humid summer heat in Kerala is not ideal for exploring. The heat withers you no matter how much water you drink. The monsoons experience heavy rains that last for days. But the winters in Kerala, which usually run from mid-November to February, are quite comfortable and cool. Therefore, winter would be the perfect time to visit the Dutch palace in Mattancherry.

How to get to the Dutch palace

Only 4 km from Ernakulam Central Station, the Dutch palace stands in all its glory and power. You can either walk or call a rickshaw to the Dutch Palace. Just follow Maulana Azad Road and you will get straight to the edge of the palace. The closest airport to the Dutch Palace is Cochin International Airport, which is very well connected with local and international flights.

Interesting facts and worth knowing about the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace)

  • The palace commemorates the political and ideological conflict between the Zamorins of Calicut and the Rajas of Kochi.
  • The Kochi Rajas supported the Portuguese and the palace, built in the typical Kerala style, was given to the then ruling King of Cochin-Veera Kerala Varma in 1554 and was later renovated by the Dutch.
  • The palace is typically built Kerala style architecture. It is one of the best examples of the traditional nalukettu style.
  • In the courtyard of the palace there is a temple dedicated to the Supreme Goddess. The idol is still revered by members of the royal family and is open to the general public on special days.
  • The palace is known for its wall paintings, which capture both the mythical scenes and the political history of the palace Cochin Dynasty.
  • The palace made headlines due to its sadly neglected condition and is now under the protection of the Archaeological survey of India.

Nearby attractions

  • Paradesi Synagogue
  • Cochin Thirumala Devaswom
  • Nehru Memorial City Hall
  • Shree Jalaram Dham
  • Jeeva Matha Church
  • Shri Ram Mandir
  • Jewish town Mattancherry
  • The ethnic passage
  • Ancient museum

Restaurants nearby

  • Annapoorna sweets and restaurants
  • Ginger House Restaurant
  • Balaji restaurant
  • Arabia
  • Hotel Nooriya
  • Hotel New India
  • Fathima fast food
  • BTH Veg Restaurant
  • 51 port
  • Rice boat
  • Kayees Restaurant

Directly from events in the Ramayana and MahabharataFor the life of the rulers of Cochin, the wall paintings of the palace are priceless than the palace itself. Symbolic of a time of great cultural harmony is the Mattancherry Palace is a architectural wonder that has long been neglected. Even so, the palace managed to stand the test of time.