Floohoo Travels offer the best Cochin Day Tours which includes Dutch Palace at Mattancherry. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests. The Portuguese built and gifted this palace to the Raja of Cochin around 1555 in appeasement for plundering one of his temples. The Dutch built extensions and made renovations to it when they replaced the Portuguese in Cochin. Subsequent Rajas made further modifications to the edifice known today as the Dutch Palace that showcase, among other things, some of the finest mythological murals in the country that depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranic legends, as well as the various Rajas of Cochin in the centre hall.
The palace is built in the typical ‘naalukettu’ style of the Kerala home of yore with a central courtyard and low, wooden ceilings. The European touch is evident in the nature of the arches and the proportions of the various chambers. Travellers should take special note of the traditional Kerala flooring in the dining room – a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices, and egg white that gives the black marble its characteristic sheen.
However, the cynosure of the Dutch Palace is the collection of resplendent paintings done in rich, warm colours in tempera that are found in the Raja’s bedroom and other parts of the palace.