Mattancherry (Malayalam pronunciation: [mɐʈːɐːɲd͡ʒeːɾi]), is a locality in the city of Kochi, India. It is about 9 km south-west from the city center. It is said that the name Mattancherry comes from "Ancherry Mattom", a ''Namboodiri illam'' which the foreign traders then pronounced it as Matt-Ancherry, gradually became Mattancherry. The place where erstwhile 'Ancherry Mattom' located is now a Tamil Brahmin settlement.

Cochim de Cima (Upper Kochi)
Dharmanath Jain Temple of Mattancherry
Dharmanath Jain Temple of Mattancherry
Mattancherry is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°57′45″N 76°15′15″E / 9.96250°N 76.25417°E / 9.96250; 76.25417Coordinates: 9°57′45″N 76°15′15″E / 9.96250°N 76.25417°E / 9.96250; 76.25417
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationKL-43


Mattancherry is a part of the Kochi assembly constituency and Ernakulam (Lok Sabha constituency).[1]

Notable sightsEdit

Mattancherry is home to the Paradesi Synagogue, India's oldest functioning synagogue,[2] Mattancherry Palace Museum, Mattacherry Pazhayannur Royal temple. Our Of Life Church Mattancherry and Holy Cross Pilgrim Centre Mattancherry

  • Mattancherry Palace ( Dutch Palace) - Mattancherry Palace was the residence of the kings of Kochi. The palace was built in 1555 by Veera Kerala Varma (1537-1565), the King of Cochin, who built the car and was renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and became known as the 'Dutch Palace'. Today, there are portraits of the kings of Kochi and many unique murals in India.
  • Foreign Synagogue - The Commonwealth of Nations is the oldest synagogue in Mattancherry. The synagogue was built in 1568 by the Malabar Jewish people of Kochi. It is also known as the Kochi Jewish Synagogue and the Mattancherry Synagogue. The synagogue is located at what is now known as Jewish Street in Old Kochi. The synagogue was built near the Mattancherry Palace on a site donated by King Rama Varma of Kochi to the Jewish community. There is only one wall between the palace temple and this synagogue.

Way to reachEdit

  • Nearest railway station: Ernakulam Junction - 10 km from Mattancherry.



  1. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  2. ^ Abram, David (November 2010). The Rough Guide to Kerala (2nd ed.). London, United Kingdom: Penguin Books. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-84836-541-4.|

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