Mattancherry Palace Tours

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The Portuguese built the 16th-century structure as a gift to the then king of the Kochi dynasty, though it underwent significant remodels under Dutch rule, earning it its current moniker: the Dutch Palace. It's celebrated for its stunning murals, many of which depict scenes from Hindu epics, notably the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
 
The Basics
Though it doesn't look very palatial from the outside, this 2-story structure has gems of art inside, including beautiful coconut-shell floors, portraits of former rulers, and numerous intricate tempera murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The palace also hosts a number of old royal artifacts, ranging from ceremonial costumes to palanquins.
 
Many Kochi city tours stop at the palace. Visiting with a guide can be useful, if you want in-depth information about the palace's history. Half- and full-day tours that visit the palace may also include a Kerala backwater boat cruise, Kathakali dance show, village visit, Chinese fishing nets, and more.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • History lovers and art fans won’t want to miss a visit to this palace.
  • Parents may want to note that some of the murals depict explicit lovemaking scenes.
  • Most of the palace is difficult to navigate by wheelchair, as there are plenty of stairs.
 
How to Get There
Mantacherry Palace is located right next to the Mantacherry Boat Jetty, from where travelers can take ferries to Ernakulam, the main city on the mainland where many of the city's larger chain and business hotels are located. It's right in the heart of historic Kochi, and the city’s famous Jew Town and its synagogue are a short walk way.
 
When to Get There
Mattancherry Palace is a year-round attraction, though if you're sensitive to heat or humidity, you may want to visit in the dryer season, from around December through the end of February. However, this is also the most popular season for tourists, so attractions can be crowded. The hottest months of the year are from March through May, while June through November can get rainy.
 
Kerala Murals
Kerala has a long tradition of mural painting that dates back to at least the eighth century. While the relatively newer murals at the Dutch Palace provide a great intro to the traditional local art, there are plenty more in the area, from the frescoes to the Ettumanoor Shiva Temple to the murals of the rock-cut Thirunandikkara Cave Temple, in present-day Tamil Nadu.
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Address: Bazaar Road, Fort Cochin, India
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Private Full-Day Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Show with Dinner

Discover the heritage of Kochi during a private full-day tour that includes a city tour, dance performance, and dinner. Start in the afternoon by visiting landmarks including the Paradesi Synagogue, St Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Indo-Portuguese Museum, and Chinese Fishing Nets with your guide, who shares the history of different cultural influences in Kerala. After the city tour, watch the Kathakali Dance Show followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Includes private driver-guide, entrance fees, Kathakali admission ticket, dinner, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Half-Day Kochi City Tour with Chinese Fishing Nets and Museum

Explore the highlights of Kochi on a half-day city sightseeing tour with a private guide and driver. Visit the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace, the Indo-Portuguese Museum at Fort Kochi, and the Chinese fishing nets for a taste of the long history and many cultures of Kochi. Wrap up your tour with a South Indian–style lunch before your guide returns you to your hotel. Includes private guide and air-conditioned vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Kochi or Ernakulam.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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7-Days Private Tour Of Kerala With Backwater

Explore the beauty of Kerala on this action-packed 7-day adventure. You’ll have a stress-free trip from the onset with transfers provided, and all accommodation organized for you. Take the stress out of language barriers by having a comprehensive itinerary planned out for you. Top sites you’ll visit include Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Rajamalai in Munnar, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady, and a houseboat journey along the backwaters of Alleppey.
  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

Experience one of southern India’s most unique cities on this private tour of Kochi, which showcases its captivating history and colorful culture. Wander through the Fort Kochi neighborhood with your guide, who will explain the city’s role in the spice trade. Settle in for a riveting performance by the local Kathakali dance troupe and witness the dramatic costumes, bright makeup and lively music of this17th-century classical dance form that originated in Kerala.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Kochi Heritage Walking Tour

Kochi is a scenic port city in southern India with a rich cultural heritage. Learn about the Dutch, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese and Jewish influences that marked this vibrant maritime community. The city’s main historical sites contain little background information for visitors, making it difficult to get oriented. But this in-depth walking tour gives a fascinating and informative overview of Kerala’s prettiest seaside city.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Essence of Kochi Half Day Tour

Kochi is a fascinating city full of history, and with this tour, you'll get to see the best of what the city has to offer in just half a day. Along with a guide and a driver, you'll visit attractions such as the Dutch Palace, Jew Street and its old Paradesi Synagogue, and the Santa Cruz Basilica. You'll also get to see some of the city's famous Chinese fishing nets in action.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Guided City Tour of Kochi

Explore the best of Kochi in one day with this tour of the city. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the Mattancherry area, where you'll experience the Dutch Palace and the Paradesi Synagogue before continuing on to Fort Kochi to spend time at the Santa Cruz Basilica, the Church of Saint Francis, and the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

Hit the highlights of Kerala—India’s lush, beachside southern state on the Malabar Coast—during this multi-day guided tour. Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey on a traditional houseboat, check out a live Kathakali dance performance, and lounge on some of India’s most stunning beaches. Tours include all meals and overnights and airport or hotel pickup.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Private Kochi City Tour Including Kathakali Dance Performance

Explore Kochi with your own private guide on a tour that includes a performance of Kathakali Dance, the classical form of Kerala. See city highlights such as the Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica, then attend the dance performance in the evening. Conveniently, the tour begins in the afternoon, leaving your morning free for other activities.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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South India Discovery - A Private Eight Day Tour From Cochin To Chennai

South India is known for wonderful lush hill towns, bustling attractive cities, mesmerizing backwaters, exotic wildlife and serene lake towns. This wonderful tour, spanning 7 nights and 8 days offers you a chance to explore and experience the states of Kerala & Tamil Nadu. During your travels you will experience popular attractions found in Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Madurai and Chennai. Highlights Chinese fishing nets.Backwaters Cruise of Kumarakom.Spice Plantations at ThekkadyMeenakshi Temple at MaduraiTemples of Kanchipuram
  • Duration: 8 days
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7-Day Tour: Spice Lands of Kerala from Kochi

Enjoy the warmth and colors of exotic Kerala, one of India’s most preferred regions. Backwaters, wildlife, ayurvedic treatments, and spice plantations, Kerala has been blessed with it all. Explore a tranquil world set amidst marvelous mangrove forests, coconut trees and green paddy field culture.
  • Duration: 7 days
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6-Day Private Tour: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Backwater Houseboat Cruise in Kerala

Kerala is referred to as God’s own country. It is indeed a beautiful mixture of its colonial past and the serenity of nature. On your first day, you will get the chance to explore the town of Kochi. On the following three days, you will spend good amount of time in Munnar - the gateway to the hills of South India. Munnar has a lot to offer with its tea gardens, waterfalls, the Shola forest and the Eravikulam National Park. One of the highlights of this tour is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary-- a humble home to many wild animals and colorful birds. Stay overnight on a houseboat and experience the backwaters of Kerala.
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5 Days in Kerala from Kochi

Not for nothing is Kerala called God’s Own Country. Blessed with lush green landscapes and charming backwaters, Kerala is breath-taking and relaxing at the same time. Begin your trip in the spice city of Kochi, and explore it beautiful churches and synagogues. We then take off to Kumarakom and Alleppey for a close encounter with astonishing backwaters, as you ride a local canoe through narrow canals, lined with lush greenery and swaying palms.
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Tours in Kochi for 'Quantum of the Seas' passengers

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Kochi Full Day Private Tour with Sunset Cruise

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  • Duration: 10 hours
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HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH INDIA WITH LUXURY ACCOMODATION

• KATHAKALI DANCE SHOW • CRUISE DINNER  • ONE AYURVEDIC MASSAGE • DEWALOKAM VILLAGE HOME STAYActivities In The Village 1)Spice Walk2)Village Walk3)Cooking Demo4)Yoga ClassDepending on adverse weather conditions or other unavoidable inconveniences, the hosts may cancel any of the activities.THEKKADY • PERIYAR BOAT RIDE  • PERIYAR BAMBOO RAFTINGMUNNAR  • JEEP SAFARIALLEPPY • HOUSEBOAT (ALL MEALS INCLUDED)
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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8 Days Serene Kerala Package - Private with Backwaters Houseboat Stay

Everything about Kerala is heaven. Book this amazing Kerala tour with 7-nights' accommodation to see the best that it has to offer. It's a very different aspect of India, where man has made a perfect ecological balance with the nature. Kerala is all about the breath-taking views of tea-plantations, well maintained national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, pristine beaches and enchanting back-waters (one of the best in the world). This tour covers a little of all the elements that make Kerala "God's Own Country". The resort in Munnar is specially chosen to give you a closer to the nature experience, located in desolation in the push green tea plantations, which will be your own fortress of solitude. From the hills of Munnar to Periyar National Park, and from the beaches of Kovalam to the serene backwaters of Alleppey, everything is a lifetime experience, a must do.
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Kerala Package for 8 Days with Private Vehicle

Kerala, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Named as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveler. Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives and beautiful backwaters. It’s unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Kerala is an established destination for both domestic as well as foreign tourists. Kerala is well known for its beaches, backwaters in Alappuzha and Kollam, mountain ranges and wildlife sanctuaries In Thekkedy and Hill Station of Munnar with Tea Gardens’. You will enjoy this tour with your private vehicle and English Speaking Driver. Edit Step 2
  • Duration: 8 days
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7 Days Serene Kerala Package - Private

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  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Custom Tour: Kochi (Cochin) local Sightseeing with guide

Join us for the private full-day sightseeing tour & explore Kochi (Cochin) city in an air-conditioned transport with a professional guide. Explore the vastly diverse and rich culture of this city, which included Jews, structures left behind by people of Portuguese, heritage of passed on by Chinese traders and so much more. The beautiful city is not only popular for its antique monuments, forts, etc. but also for its striking beauty.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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