Renovated by the Dutch in 1663, Mattancherry Dutch Palace is among the most popular and iconic buildings to visit in Kochi. Put up by Portuguese in 1557, the palace is designed in typical Kerala style mansion, Nalukettu (residence of upper classes). The elegant architecture and the magnificent murals of the palace attract a lot of history buffs to this place.
The entire two storied palace building boasts of several murals exhibiting the themes taken from Indian epics- Ramayana and Mahabharata and about Hindu gods, particularly Guruvayurappan. Moreover, other attractive murals depict scenes from Kumarasambhavam and great works of Kalidasa.
There is also a small temple dedicated to Palayannur Bhagwati in the central courtyard of the palace and two other shrines dedicated to Lord Krishna and Shiva. You also get to see some amazing attires, turbans and weapons offering you a glimpse of lifestyle of royal families.
The Mattancherry Dutch Palace in Kochi is open on all days of the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Fridays. Few kilometers away from main land, palace can be easily accessed by hired taxis or cars.