Located 12 km away from Ernakulam, Mattanchery represents Portuguese architecture and culture. The palace is spread across two floors with a huge building and long halls. There is a central courtyard where Pazhayannur Bhagavathi, the deity of the royal family can be found. Visitors will find two temples within the premises as well. One of the temples is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the other to Lord Shiva. The upper floor of the palace contains the museum. One can see features of European architecture in the palace as well. The best thing about the palace is its mural paintings. The themes of the paintings range from scenes in Ramayana, Kerala literature and puranic legends connected with Krishna. In the bed chamber, one can find murals depicting iconic scenes from the Ramayana. The images of deities can also be found magnanimously painted across several walls of the palace. The ladies chamber contains paintings depicting the marriage of Parvati with Shiva, while stories relating to Krishna Leela can be found in the adjoining rooms. Moreover, there are many exhibits in the museum like portraits of Cochin Kings, weapons, umbrellas, coins, stamps and swords.
Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002
Monsoon : Maximum: 34°C, Minimum: 25 °C.
Summer : Maximum: 37°C, Minimum: 20 °C
Winter : Maximum: 33°C, Minimum: 17 °C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (October to March)
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