The Mattancherry Palace is one of the beautiful palaces also known as Dutch Palace. Originally, it was built by the Portuguese during the 17th century about 10km from Ernakulam city, Kochi, Kerala. It is presented to the Raja of Kochi Veera Kerala Varma (1537-65) in 1555 AD hence it started being referred as the Dutch Palace. One can be seen a vast collection of beautiful mural paintings inside this palace depict scenes from the Hindu epics of Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Later on, it was acclaimed its present popular name 'Dutch Palace' after 1663, when the Dutch brought out some extensions and reconstructions in the palace. Also, the modification into the palace have made by the rajas.
Today, it is turned into portrait gallery of the Cochin where many notable paintings of Rajas and best mythological murals in India are seen which are in the best traditions of Hindu Temple Art.
The entrance to the Mattancherry Palace passes through two arches which are typically Portuguese in disposition and a flight of steps through a portico on the south. Its typical Kerala-architecture style makes it one of the significant palaces amongst tourists. The style of architecture of this palace is also known as 'nalukettus'. The Palace boasts of two floors built around a central courtyard. From the outside, the palace looks European in character with scraped masonry walls and round-headed windows and doors but its sloping tiled roof and wooden balconies are indigenous features.