Mattancherry Palace also known as Dutch Palace is located at a distance of 10km from Ernakulam city. The Palace is known for its medieval charm. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Verma. The Palace is known for the Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art. Portraits of the Rajas of Cochin, from 1864 onwards, are displayed in what was once the Coronation Hall. Palace is open from 10 am - 6 pm.
The mainland of Ernakulam has a cosmopolitan appeal with glitzy shopping malls and modern life. Mattancherry and Fort Kochi area well connected by bridges and ferry services, ooze with an old-world charm. Rich cultural heritage, several historic monuments, palm-fringed lagoons and a lively seaside promenade make a perfect bouquet for the tourist out to discover "God's Own Country".
Ernakulam - The Cosmopolitan..
Kerala's most visited tourist destination, Ernakulam or Kochi, has one of the finest natural harbours in India around which is based an ancient history of maritime trade. Built around a saltwater lagoon, the cosmopolitan city is fascinating in many ways with the beautiful Chinese fishing nets and seafood stalls & the Fort Kochi area with its mix of Dutch and British architecture.
Cherai Beach is just 30 km from Ernakulam. This is one of the few places where we can see the lagoon and ocean separated only by a few hundreds of meters. One of the main events in this beach is the tourism fest during December.
Bolghatty Island is a narrow strip of land just off the coast of Ernakulam. Bolghatty Palace occupies this tiny island and is easily accessible from the mainland Ernakulam by ferry.
The oldest active synagogue, Paradesi Synagogue built in 1568 is an important landmark in Ernakulam. There are also some interesting things on display here like several gold crowns received as gifts, many Belgian chandeliers and a brass-railed pulpit.