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     Dutch palace Mattancherry


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          The palace was built around 1545 AD by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma in order to pacify him and to compensate for having plundered a temple in the vicinity of the place. the Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. The palace with a Bhagavathi Temple in the central courtyard is built like the typical Kerala style mansion - the Nalukettu - the home of the aristocracy, nobility and upper classes, with four separate wings opening out to a central courtyard.


          The glory of the palace lies in its mural paintings covering an area of nearly 300 sq.m executed in three phases. The themes depict scenes from Ramayana. Besides puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna and Durga. The themes from contemporary literature of Kerala are also depicted here. The landing of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer at Kappad in 1498 was welcomed by the Kochi rulers.


          They were given exclusive right to construct factories. The Portuguese repulsed the repeated attacks of the Zamorins and the Cochin Rajas practically became vassals of the Portuguese. The influence of the Portuguese were supplanted by the Dutch and they took over Mattancherry in 1663.


 

          Subsequently, the area was taken over by Hyder Ali and still later by the British East India CompanyThe ceremonial dress of the kings with intricate lace work in golden thread woven into them is in display. Also in display are royal caps worn by the Cochin kings. The coins issued by the kings of Cochin and postal stamps are exhibited besides important plans of Cochin drawn by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries.







     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(41.9 km, 1 hours 2 mins )


   Directions :


1. Head north on Airport Rd/Domestic Terminal Rd
           450 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
           180 m

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the right in 300 m)
           4.6 km

4. Turn left at Athaani Airport Jct onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by BP Petrol Pump (on the left in 15.5 km)
           16.9 km

5. Turn left at Edapally Station Kavala to stay on Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Punjab National Bank (on the left in 2.7 km)
           9.9 km

6. Turn right at Kundannoor Jct onto Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd/Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Continue to follow Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Pass by Tristar Residency (on the left)
           5.4 km

7. Turn left at Cochin Port Jct onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           700 m

8. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

9. At Muthu Medicals, continue onto Tagore Rd Pass by BP Gas Station (on the right)
           450 m

10. At Hero Honda Showroom, continue onto Moulana Azad Rd Pass by TB Hospital (on the right)
           2.2 km

11. Turn right at Aanavathil Jct onto Pazhayannur Temple Ln
           140 m

12.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Ernakulam south Railway Station

 Road :

 From Ernakulam south Railway Station to spot(10.1 km, 25 mins )


   Directions :



1. Head south on S Railway Station Rd
           150 m

2. Turn left to stay on S Railway Station Rd Pass by Tourist Land Tour & Travel (on the left)
           280 m

3. Turn left at South Jct onto Chittoor Rd Pass by Pioneer Placements & Services (on the left)
           400 m

4. Turn left at Valanjambalam Jct onto Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd
           38 m

5. Sharp right at Valanjambalam Jct to stay on Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd Pass by Medical Trust Hospital Out-Patient Block (on the left)
           180 m

6. Turn left at Pallimukku Jct onto Mahatma Gandhi Rd Pass by HSBC Bank (on the left)
           2.1 km

7. Continue onto Vikranth-Venduruthy Bridge
           850 m

8. Continue onto Old NH 47
           1.4 km

9. Turn left to stay on Old NH 47
           600 m

10. At Cochin Port Jct, continue onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           650 m

11. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

12. At Muthu Medicals, continue onto Tagore Rd Pass by BP Gas Station (on the right)
           450 m

13. At Hero Honda Showroom, continue onto Moulana Azad Rd Pass by TB Hospital (on the right)
           2.2 km

14. Turn right at Aanavathil Jct onto Pazhayannur Temple Ln
           140 m

15.Spot



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