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Mattancherry Palace
Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace

Bazaar Road, Fort Cochin

The Basics

Though it doesn't look very palatial from the outside, this 2-story structure has gems of art inside, including beautiful coconut-shell floors, portraits of former rulers, and numerous intricate tempera murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The palace also hosts a number of old royal artifacts, ranging from ceremonial costumes to palanquins.

Many Kochi city tours stop at the palace. Visiting with a guide can be useful, if you want in-depth information about the palace's history. Half- and full-day tours that visit the palace may also include a Kerala backwater boat cruise, Kathakali dance show, village visit, Chinese fishing nets, and more.

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Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour
Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour
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$25.00 per adult
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This was a great walking tour of...
This was a great walking tour of Fort Kochi that we took on arrival to the area. Jude was our guide and he was outstanding. We loved to tour, the detailed and knowledgeable explanations, easy to understand. Very personal. Would definitely do this tour!
Jonathan_C, Jan 2018

Things to Know Before You Go

  • History lovers and art fans won’t want to miss a visit to this palace.

  • Parents may want to note that some of the murals depict explicit lovemaking scenes.

  • Most of the palace is difficult to navigate by wheelchair, as there are plenty of stairs.

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How to Get There

Mantacherry Palace is located right next to the Mantacherry Boat Jetty, from where travelers can take ferries to Ernakulam, the main city on the mainland where many of the city's larger chain and business hotels are located. It's right in the heart of historic Kochi, and the city’s famous Jew Town and its synagogue are a short walk way.

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When to Get There

Mattancherry Palace is a year-round attraction, though if you're sensitive to heat or humidity, you may want to visit in the dryer season, from around December through the end of February. However, this is also the most popular season for tourists, so attractions can be crowded. The hottest months of the year are from March through May, while June through November can get rainy.

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Kerala Murals

Kerala has a long tradition of mural painting that dates back to at least the eighth century. While the relatively newer murals at the Dutch Palace provide a great intro to the traditional local art, there are plenty more in the area, from the frescoes to the Ettumanoor Shiva Temple to the murals of the rock-cut Thirunandikkara Cave Temple, in present-day Tamil Nadu.

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