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Built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century as a gift for the Rajas of Cochin, this structure was extended by the Dutch when they took control of the area. The rajas, in turn, added some of India's best mythological murals—the entire story of the Ramayana is told on the walls in a series of bedchambers, which also have inviting window seats. In the ladies' ground-floor chamber, you can see a colorful, mildly erotic depiction of Lord Krishna with his female devotees. The coronation hall near the entrance holds portraits and some of the rajas' artifacts, including a fantastic palanquin covered in red wool. The palace has rare, traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mix of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices, and egg whites.

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  • Address: Palace Rd., Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala, 682002 | Map It
  • Phone: /
  • Cost: Rs. 2
  • Hours: Sat.–Thurs. 10–5
  • Location: Kochi
Updated: 10-01-2012

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    Dutch Palace Cochin

    For those who enjoy History, Art and Tradition this place is "THE PLACE" to go.. It took me more than an hour to complete going through the place. Though, what stopped my breath was the painting of second 'Varma Thampuran', if looked upon carefully one can find a Stereoscopic effect in that particular painting. The Ivory palanquin is also a must watch for every Colonial era Art fanatics. For hotels and resorts near this place contact Country Travel Mart. A visit to the nearby place in Houseboat also weill be a good option.

    by nelldorotheas, 11/27/13

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