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“Complete History of Cochin Ruler as well as Kerala.”

Mattancherry Palace
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Owner description: This 16th-century Dutch building now houses a Hindu temple.
Reviewed July 21, 2014

It is place maintained by archaeological department and displays are in organized way. in understanding approach 4000 years History can be remembered in 15 minutes. we enjoyed a lot

3  Thank colprabhat
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"entrance fee"
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"worth a visit"
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"interesting visit"
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"visit this place"
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

The unusual name "Dutch Palace", was what attracted my daughter to this austere and un-ornamental palace, while on a vacation at Ernakulam this summer. Locals have plenty of stories on the genesis of this quadrangular building and the numerous amorous secrets that lay hidden within its precincts. History states that the Portuguese staked claim on Cochin from the Dutch, followed by building this edifice around 1557 AD which later the Dutch revamped in 1663 when Cochin changed hands once again. For a historian, the role of the British in this whole episode is worth analysing; a lesson in geo-political diplomacy !!!

Mattancherry Palace, as its otherwise called, has some lovely murals depicting Hindu mythology on its walls, which is considered as one of the best surviving till date, in the world. Vegetable colours indigenously crafted with locally available edible oils blended into the mortar, leaves one spell-bound. Hot & humid sea-coast conditions, coupled with the torrential rains of Kerala has taken its toll on these murals. Memorabilia of the Cochin rulers are also on display, though nothing much to be written about.

The ASI could do better by getting the courtyard and immediate surroundings within the boundary wall spruced up. Visitors to the more famous Willingdon Island and Jewish Synagogue would love to visit this place, if done so. Value addition could also be done by re-distributing and improving the way Memorabilia are displayed within. Staff inside could be a little more "tourist friendly" and "courteous" too.

Overall an OK experience, after visiting this building with a quaint charm. Photography is not permitted inside. This place is quite well connected with public transport.

4  Thank BijuShantharam
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. Been there in November 2007.Since then the Palace has been done up. Some more articles are displayed and well lit up. The detailed history of each article/picture is given. For one who is really interested in knowing the history you may need almost an hour.

1  Thank Matthew3504
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

We can learn about the history very clearly since the events are displayed properly. Eventhough a small place to be called as a palace but informative

1  Thank mummoorthy
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

The building itself is not very impressive compared to other palaces we have seen around India. Inside, you can grab some information, but overall we think it's better to take the time in Fort Kochi wandering around food stalls, souvenirs and chinese fishnets.

2  Thank AuBoodhooMonde
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