Paliam Palace

2012

The Paliam Kottaram or the Paliam Palace was rebuilt in the 17th century by the Dutch as a gesture of gratitude to the Paliath Achan for helping them conquer the Portuguese. The Palace, once the residence of the Paliath Achans, who were the prime ministers to former Maharajas in the State of Kochi, is a three storeyed museum building today. Walking down the colonnaded verandah leading to the main entrance, elaborately carved timber staircases with balusters and thick walls with splayed openings glides past. The restoration and conservation of the Palace to a museum provides opportunity to divulge the history of consort and conflicts in the relations of Paliam with the Dutch, Portuguese and the British.

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