A visit to the two-storied whitewashed palace takes you into the royal bedchamber with its traditional floor of burnished coconut shells that gleams like black marble. Try not to blush when you take in the bedroom’s unique mythological murals from the Ramayana, with their erotic portrayals of Hindu deities at play.
Other don’t miss highlights of Mattancherry Palace include more lovely murals upstairs, the regal Coronation and Dining halls with their decorated ceilings, various portraits of rajas and Hindu deities, and the central courtyard with its private royal temple.
The laneways surrounding the Dutch Palace wind south to Jew Town, lined with fascinating curio shops and spice stores.
(Image courtesy of KeralaTourism.org)
Review by Rags, January 2012
Amazing palace. The portraits of the Maharajas are interesting. The carvings are awesome.