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Mattancherry, a well known place in Kochi, Kerala. The 2 main attractions of mattancherry are Murals and Palace.
Mattancherry, within the City of Kochi, was the select spot where the king and the royal family frequented to worship in the Siva, Vishnu and Bhagavathy temple there. The Portuguese trade adventurers built a Palace for the king in 1552 AD in the Bhagavathy temple compound in acknowledgement of the favours received. The palace has rich mural paintings of scriptural stories by Hindu Artists all over.
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former maharajas of Kochi as well as period furniture.
August – March
Palace is open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm on all days except Fridays and national holidays.