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Dutch (Mattancherry) Palace in Cochin

·  Summer: March-June (24°C - 37°C)
·  Winter: October-February (17°C - 33°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 10:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Friday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 2
Children:  N/A
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 2
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Originally constructed by the Portuguese (as a gift to the local rajas), restored and improved by the Dutch and depicting the traditional Nalukettu architecture style of Kerala, Matancherry Palace is a multi-faceted tourist attraction in Kochi. With a quadrangular construction, the palace is very well-known for exhibiting stunning murals. These beautiful paintings portray scenes from various mythological tales of India.

Another striking feature of the palace is its floor, which seems to be made of black marble, but has an interesting composition of burned coconut shells, lime, egg whites and charcoal. Apart from the mesmerizing murals, there are collections of royal umbrellas, regal attires, coins and stamps, along with a royal ivory palanquin and many other interesting items.

A temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavati stands in the courtyard, while temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna flank the palace’s either side. With its quaint charm and fascinating serenity, the palace is a must-visit attraction on Kochi tours. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the palace.  

Road: Located on the Palace Road in the western part of Kochi called Mattancherry, the palace has excellent road connectivity with all parts of the city. Auto-rickshaws, cabs and rented bicycles are all convenient modes to reach the spot.

Railway: Cochin Harbour Terminus is the closest railway station about 8 km. from the palace. Ernakulam South Railway Station (about 10 km. away) is another good option. From each of these railheads, one can access the palace in an auto-rickshaw or cab.

Airway: Cochin International Airport is about 42 km. from the palace. Those landing at the airport are recommended to continue their journey further in a taxi.