The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace featuring murals that depict Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. This palace was a gift presented to the Raja as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese. The Dutch renovated the palace, hence its alternative name. The double storied palace building which stands by the panoramic Kochi backwaters has a small temple dedicated to the deity Palayannur Bhagwati in the central courtyard. On either side of it are smaller shrines dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. The star attractions here are the astonishingly preserved Hindu murals in intricate detail. There’s an impressive collection of palanquins (hand-carried carriages), bejeweled outfits and splendidly carved ceilings in every room. Even though this place is simple in its appearance, its quaint charm makes it worth a visit to see a storehouse of ancient paintings and art forms.