Mattancherry Dutch Palace Museum | Kerala Palace Turned to Art Gallery

The palace of Mattancherry, is also called as dutch palace. A monument from Kerala's history which is now acting mainly as an Art gallery and museum. This palace of Cochin was built in 1555 by the Portuguese.

By the 1660's the palace was remodeled by the dutch and is called as the dutch palace since then.

After renovation the palace was handed over to the Maharajah of Cochin, Highness Kerala Varma. From then it is used by the rajah as his Royal home.

The Jew Community lived in the street very near to this palace.The place was given to the Jews by the Rajah.

Dutch palace Entry Fee

Their is only 2 RS/- per head as the entry fee. Its worth more than that for sure.Heard some guides saying about the special type of paintings inside the museum.The Mural Art.

The palliyara, the first room you are entering in has the Murals painted into its walls. It is said that the whole painting was done by the Rajah himself. The main subjects for these paintings are occasions from the Ramayana And Mahabharata.

Its said that their was no paint available at that time. So the rajah has made the paint by combining so many vegetables,egg yolk oils etc. 

Cochin / Mattancherry Dutch palace Art Gallery

the portrait museum having the paintings of old rajas of cochin kerala from the dutch palace museum of mattancherry kerala india"Inside the Art Gallery.The Work Of Photographers Done By Artists"

Am sure you will wonder seeing the Life In the Paintings....The pictures are of different Maharajah's of Cochin...

The pictures are too lively that you will feel the Rajah standing in front of you. Artists have done great job in giving the tones with colors. Look at your skin tone and the picture.They are same, pictures so close to reality.

photo by: Georjo
Camera: SonyEricsson w810i(2mp)
focus mode: Auto


Painting of Raja inside Dutch Palace Museum of Cochin / Kerala
the portrait oil painting of raja of cochin photographed from inside the dutch palace portrait gallery of mattancherry cochin"Hmm Can You Feel His Presence Before You!!!!"

I know you can't find something that marvelous. That's only the incapability of the camera to grab the human talent. i can't blame the camera for its inside the museum and the subjects not well lit.Also i am taking the snaps in a hurry for photography is not allowed here inside the museum.

We got stunned by the 3D effect the artist have created in the photo.The badge in his chest,Ribbon in Neck and the Swords in his hand everything so real.

photo by: Georjo
Camera: SonyEricsson w810i(2mp)
focus mode: Auto



Pallaku Inside Dutch Palace Museum of Mattancherry
The Pallak made of ivory used by rajas of cochin as a means of transport photograph from the mattancherry old dutch palace museum"The Pallaku. Runs In Human Shoulders..hm, Don't have to Fear Fuel Price Hike"

Palanquin in English, Pallakku, Menavu in Kerala's Language, Malayalam. Pallakku was used by the royalties or the rich to get carried by servants from one place to another. Its defined as a Box like carriage borne by poles on men's shoulders. The Pallakku you can see here is an open one, not the closed type which was also popular in olden times.

This is the special type of thing made of wood to carry the Royal Family Members.The two poles on both sides are lifted by servants and the Lord can sit inside the Pallak.

The photo got blurred for taken while walking..Pardon.I have no option to take it slowly with more care.

photo by: Georjo
Camera: SonyEricsson w810i(2mp)
focus mode: Auto





old palace built by dutch in mattancherry cochin kerala photograph"Snap from The Entrance to the Museum.This Building Is having The Museum And Art Gallery."


This is a part of the palace. For the museum is working in this peoples are restricted around this building. Again the Old disappointment.Photography restricted!, but i took some risk for you. Only a few shots. 

photo by: Georjo
Camera: SonyEricsson w810i(2mp)
focus mode: Auto


Dutch Palace Museum, Way to entrance and ticketing

way to dutch palace museum of mattancherry cochin kerala india"Way to the Museum. Don't hesitate. A Gallery of Art for You"


Photo by: Georjo
Camera: SonyEricsson w810i(2mp)
focus mode: Auto


The dutch palace is one of the attractions of Mattancherry town of Cochin..Cochin as an ancient place of spice merchants has witnessed many rulers from the Rajas of Cochin to the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British..

Every thorn gave marks and monuments which becomes part of the history or the culture, of future generations. Palaces in Kerala like this is one among them, and is now visited by many. These places has become prominent points in Kerala's Tourism map. A similar Palace that is turned to Museum is Hill Palace of Thripunithura. You can find more on Cochin, Mattancherry and more over about here in this blog itself. 

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11 comments:

  1. you have very interesting subjects. however, if you're really serious in photography why not get a good digital camera rather than use a cameraphone. or if you want to photoblog on the go you may get a phone with a good camera feature like SE K850i which has a 5meg camera and nice editing features.

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  2. Beautiful! Exquisite!

    Yup this is where I want to be...in God's own country!

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  3. Hi there, thanks for adding me in your BC list :) I added you back.

    These are indeed very nice photos and infos. You're so clever to take those photos even if it's restricted. Thanks for sharing this to us. Keep it up :)

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  4. These pictures are great!

    quite a feat for having used just a camera phone!

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  5. These pictures are great!

    quite a feat for having used just a camera phone!

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  6. The cutest photoblog i have ever came across....

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    your photos and description tells alot about the culture and traditional wealth of kerala...Love to visit Gods own country now...

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  10. I love the pics of the older cameras. I have a couple really old cameras sitting around my apartment that don't work anymore but I love the way they look sitting on my shelf.

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  11. do you have more snaps of dutch palace???

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