What are the first few things that come to our minds when we talk about Kerala? Along with the aromatic spices, we think of mesmerizing backwaters, beaches, picturesque beauty, houseboats ….. and may be History? Well, Kerala’s History is not something that we have been eager to explore, isn’t it? Somehow, the history around Kerala is overshadowed by its stunning innate beauty, culture, and delectable cuisine. You got to believe that along with being God’s Own Country, this -place has a history that is rich and deserves all your attention. And one of the best places to dig in is the charming little locality of Mattancherry.
Mattancherry – Kerala’s Historical Treasure
Mattancherry is located on the outskirts of Kochi. Around 9 Kilometres away from the centre, this little locality is beautiful and quiet – And yes, holds within it some of Kerala’s really rich history. Mattancherry is an extensive blend of beautiful aromatic spices, food, handicrafts, and culture. This is exactly what make it probably one of the most vivid spots in Kochi.
At the core, this place is antique, as in historic. Earlier, people from African, European, and Arabian countries used to trade for centuries. During this period, the local kings used to rule Mattancherry, later the Jews choose to stay here. These people build several forts and palaces which contribute to the antique architecture of this place. And yes, their contributions which are the remnants of the foreign civilization and the ancient locals are preserved even today in several museums, palaces, and churches.
All in all, if you love exploring the bygone, then there is plenty to relish at Mattancherry. And yes, even it you are not, these remnants from the history are always amazing and worth to explore.
Tiny Guide To What You Can See And Do Here
Here are few of the must visit places at Mattancherry, Kochi.
1. Mattancherry Palace
The massive Mattancherry Palace was built in the 1500’s; it is said that it was built by totally keeping in mind Kerala’s conventional architecture. Wooden ceiling, pillar, and courtyards. This palace does not look anything like what normal palaces do, and this is exactly that makes it so unique. And coming to the interiors, this palace is filled with amazing artwork that comprises wooden floral murals and carvings. If you happen to visit Mattancherry, this treasure should be on the top of your bucket list.
2. Jews Street
Probably you don’t know, but Jews street is one of the oldest street markets in our country. And this reason is enough to catch your attention, isn’t it? Jews Street holds several antique stores that are stocked with ancient treasures that are totally timeless. Innumerable number of shops piled up with art works, home décor and handicrafts. Strolling through this iconic street market is an experience and something you just cannot miss out.
I feel one of the best ways of exploring the Jews street is by simply strolling down as it lets you feel the liveliness, breathe in the fragrant spices and witness the culture and tradition that is intact even today.
3. Dutch Palace Pond
The Dutch Palace Pond is located right beside the Mattancherry Palace or the Dutch Palace and a must visit. Surrounded by beautiful palm trees and birds – this pond gives you this feeling that is soothing.Blue-tailed bee eater species of birds visit this pond in really large number and seeing them is a sight to behold.
4. Paradesi Synagogue
The Paradesi synagogue is one of the grayest synagogues not just in India, but across the world. Located right next to the palace this Mattancherry attraction is a house of timeless treasures. Paradesi Synagogue was constructed back in the 1500’s and it owes its name to its builders i.e. the Spanish and the Jews. From massive Chandeliers, to crowns and ancient scrolls that belong to the bygone era, Paradesi Synagogue stores antiques and history that will blow your mind.
5. Antique museum
This museum was started 30 years ago by a Jew who settled in the state. This museum is another treasure that holds within amazing ancient stuff that are the possession of Jews and the ancient locals. From books to ancient objects and furniture’s, there are a lot of things from the stone age too.
You need to visit this museum to see it for yourself.
Now For Your Taste Buds ….
Mattancherry is know for this famous restaurant called Kayees. This popular eatery offers delectable Mattancherry dishes and their Biriyani preparation is one of Kerala’s top biriyanis. And when you are done with the main course, you got to try out Shantilal’s which is incredibly popular for its sweets. Shantilal’s is known for their masala tea and all their sweets that are totally milk-based. And do halt at Rino’s juice shop and try out their scrumptious healthy juices.
So, have you ever been to Mattancherry in Kerala? If not, then explore all the hidden historical beauties of this place. Also, if you have something more to share around Mattancherry, then do share it with us in the comments section below.