Once an important trade centre for Kochi, Mattancherry Palace has now been turned into an important tourist destination lying quietly on the Arabian Sea. If you have a love for archaeological monuments then Mattancherry, or the Dutch Palace, is the place that will take you back in history. Built by the Portuguese and splendid in its medieval charm, it was presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Verma in 1555. Then, in 1663, the Dutch added some extensions and refurbished it. Thereafter, it was called the Dutch Palace.
The palace is located in the western part of the old city in the Fort Kochi area, where you will find a conglomeration of many cultures. The palace is marked by halls that are long and spacious, and it now houses an archaeological museum and a wealth of mythological murals, executed in the best traditions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, mostly portraying gods at rest or play. A portrait gallery of the Rajas (Kings) can also be viewed.
The Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty team has a variety of tours and experiences built around Mattancherry Palace – take a step back into history.