Mattanchery palace – sleeping the history of kerala and culture
Mattanchery palace,tourist location at kochi
Mattanchery palace is one of the place built during the colonial period , the fort is also known as dutch palace, but it is not built by dutches it was actually built by portugeese in 1555. matanchery palace located at palace road mattanchery in kochi, ernakulam district. it is the present to the king kerala varma kochi by the portugeese. but the reconstruted by the dutches. the palace follows a co- triangular structure and a nalukettu. some mural paintings seen at the wall inside the palace. it also shows a gallery of the kings in cochin kingdom. the ceilings of the palace is decorated with wooding.
The unique feature of the palace is about its floor, follows a traditional kerala architecture which is black in color, the mixture is made of burned coconut shell, charcoal and some other elements, locally known as chirattakkari. it is believed that bhagavathy is the family god of cochin kingdom so that a bhagavathy temple is focused at the courtyard of the palace, deity known as pazhayannoor bhagavathy, except this temple there are two temples also installed here to worship lord shiva and krishna. this is one of the best traditions of temple art. it remembers the royal administration by the cochin dynasty. this was the living palace of the king belong to cochin kingdom. the temple not only follows a pure kerala style architecture but also a European style.
The mural paintings scene at the wall of the palace is adopt from the great epics ramayana and mahabharatha, It located 12 km away from ernakulam. 10 to 5 is the visiting time except friday. the nearest railway station is at ernakulam at a distance of 10 km. cochin international airport is very close to the palace and is approximately 42 km from here.