Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From my Photo Archive - Archaic town of Mattancherry - March 2009

The streets of Jew Town, Mattancherry, Kerala

Mattancherry is an old town in the western part of Kochi in Ernakulam district of Kerala near to Fort Kochi. It lies about 10 kilometres from Cochin city that is accessible by road and water. Earlier Mattancherry was the trade centre of central Kerala especially spices like pepper and cardamom from cultivations of high range districts such as Idukki. The main attractions of Mattancherry are Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace Museum, Gowd Saraswat Brahmin samaj temples including the Venkatraman temple, a Jain's Temple and innumerable number of antique shops.

Jewish Synagogue

Antiques, Curios & Handicrafts shops of Mattancherry



Idols of Hindu gods displayed at an antique shop


Old Buildings, Mattanchery


Dutch Palace, Mattancherry

Mattancherry Palace with its medieval charm is located at Palace Road, Mattancherry near to boat jetty. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma, Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. The splendour of the palace depends on the large number of murals, carried out in the traditions of Hindu temple art.

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