Forts and Palaces

The Dutch Palace

The Dutch Palace

The Dutch Palace

The Dutch Palace was built around 1545 by the Portuguese as a gift to the then Maharajah of Kochi Veera Kerala Varma

Palaces reflect the glory of erstwhile kingdoms and bygone eras. Kerala’s traditional architectural style is reflected in many palaces across the state. One of the classic examples of that is the famed Dutch Palace, also known as the Mattancherry Palace. It is a monument and a living memory of a tumultuous past that was filled with foreign invasions and many conquests. The Palace has undergone many renovations in the past and is today a wonder for visitors from all over the world.

The Dutch Palace was built around 1545 by the Portuguese as a gift to the then Maharajah of Kochi Veera Kerala Varma. History has it that the Portuguese had plundered a temple nearby, which angered the Maharaja. Thus, the Palace was constructed as a way to appease the Maharajah. Dutch Palace is a protected monument which is included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

It is a quadrangular structure constructed in the traditional Kerala ‘Nalukettu’ style. However, European influences can also be seen in the construction. The Palace underwent major changes during the Dutch regime and hence began to be referred to as the Dutch Palace. There is a splendid collection of murals in the palace. Many artefacts from the past including palanquins, ceremonial dresses, royal umbrellas, coins and drawings are preserved here.

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Fort Kochi Bus Stand, about 2.7 km
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Ernakulam South Railway Station, about 9.9 km
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Cochin International Airport, about 40.9 km
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Per Person: ₹5

All days: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Per Person: ₹5

All days: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Only offline booking is available



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