Dutch Palace in Ernakulam

The Mattancherry Palace is located about 12 km from Ernakulam. One of the finest examples of the Kerala style of architecture mixed with colonial influences, the Portuguese built it as a gift to King Veera Kerala Verma. It came to be known as the Dutch Palace as it underwent major repairs at the hands of the Dutch. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the Fort Kochi area.

The deity of the royal family, 'PazhayannurBhagavathi' (the Goddess of Pazhayannur) is placed in the central courtyard. It boasts of a brilliant collection of murals that retell the great Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata along with revered Gods of the Hindu faith like Guruvayoorappan. Most of them are said to have been done between the 17th and 18th century. It covers an area of almost 300 sq. km.There are many other interesting exhibits here as well that constantly inspire intrigue. These include the life-size portraits of all the kings of Cochin since 1864, sheathed swords, daggers and axes together with ceremonial spears decorated with feathers. Royal caps, coins issued by the Kings of Cochin, silver sequined gowns, royal umbrellas made of silk and brass, along with plans laid out for Cochin by the Dutch can also be viewed here.

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