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Cochin, Kerala, India
  • The King's court was one of the best places to visit in the palace because it consisted of the thrones that were used by the king

    • by Alvin Abraham

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      I had been to Mattancherry Palace with my family about 6 months back. I heard about this palace from one of my cousin who was residing at Cochin and we didn’t want to miss the chance of giving it a visit.

      I could tell the glory of the palace by seeing its compound walls and the entrance itself. It was marvelous. The walls were about 15 feet tall and had ancient carvings on it. The entrance seemed even beautiful than the palace itself because you could have a rounded up artistry of the palace in just one go by looking at the entrance and its gate. There were two pillars which holded the gates and were nearly 20 feet high. It was built in ancient Kerala architecture and had traditional Kerala miniature carvings and painting on it which spread its charm on each and every visitor. The Gates were golden in color and was about 15 feet tall

      and 30 feet wide. I don’t know how to describe its make or design, but all i can say is that it was ‘Royally Royal’.

      As we walked into the palace’s compound, i could have a straight look of the palace from the entrance itself. There was path made of black brick, which led me to the palace from the entrance. And must say it looked superior than the tarred roads of today. Besides the path there were gardens and various plant carvings like that of an elephant, etc. The palace from exterior looked like European in character with scraped masonary walls and round-headed windows and doors but its sloping tiled roof and wooden balconies were indigenous features.

      We walked into the palace through two arches which led to the veranda. The palace could be called a museum in short because each and every thing in it were stored, maintained and taken care of well, which dated back to the ...

      • medieval era. The palace’s floors weren’t made of marble’s or granite but out of black soil and some mixture which looked stunning. The ceilings were made of pretty wooden carvings. The room’s that belonged to the King and the Queen manifested the royalty of those days, but we were restricted from walking into the room’s because of security reasons. All we could do was watch it and have a good eye tonic. The King’s court was one of the best places to visit in the palace because it consisted of the thrones that were used by the king. There were 7 thrones placed in bullet proof glass cages, out of which 4 were used by the King and the rest 3 by the Queen. There are no words that i can find to describe the throne’s. They were made of gold or ivory. The throne that i liked the most was the Peacock throne. All around the court
        there were miniature throne’s like something that were used by the courtiers. Recently paintings from all over the palace were shifted to the court, thereby it could be called a museum for paintings. The paintings depicted different mythological scenes and also scenes from great Sanskrit works like Kalidasa’s Kumarasambhavan.

        There was only one thing that i would like the authorities responsible for the palace to introduce, that is to provide human guide’s who are well educated about the palace because there isn’t any fun in just roaming around the palace by not knowing any ‘abcd’ of it. Since i had my cousin with me, i didn’t lack in educating myself about the palace and had fun.

        And one of the many things that i liked about the palace was that, the palace and its compounds were well taken care of and preserved.

        I loved my trip to the palace. You must visit it if you ever get a chance to come over to Kerala.

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