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Kerala - Kochi - The Mattancherry Palace


Perhaps a strange choice to take this photo as the main upload to show the Mattancherry Palace.
But I wanted an unusual sight.

The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace, built in 1555, also known as the Dutch Palace because the Dutch renovated it in 1663.
It’s located in the district Mattancherry in the city Kochi (Cochin).
The palace was built by the Portuguese and a gift from them to the king (raja) of Kochi.
The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663. Afterwards the Rajas of Kochi also made more improvements.
Today the palace is a museum and it has well preserved Hindu murals, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranic legends.

Kochi was the last place I visited in Kerala before returning to Mumbai.
There were surprisingly many visitors from western countries, far more than I had seen anywhere in Kerala.
Why I didn't see foreign tourists in such numbers elsewhere in Kerala, I don't know.
I can hardly imagine that you will travel to Kerala only for Kochi.
Kochi has an international airport and is for many the place of arrival and / or departure.
From Mumbai I had arrived in Trivandrum and I left from Kochi.
There are of course more foreign visitors in Mumbai. But because of the large population there, foreigners were less visible in the crowd.
Some districts of Kochi really gave the impression of being a very touristy place.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5028 W: 17 N: 12052] (48620)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2019-01-09
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/0.1, 30 secondes
  • Versions: version originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2019-09-15 14:57
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Points: 46
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