BOLGATTY PALACE- KERALA ARCHITECTURE
The splendid Bolgatty Palace is located on the Bolghatty Islands, in the Cochin city of Kerala. In 1744, the Dutch traders built this palace, initially as a villa. The appeal of the palace lies in the fact that it is among the oldest existing palaces built by the Dutch in India, during the pre-British times. Kochi has long been one of the important trading centers of India, attracting traders and seafarers from far and near. Later, the villa extended and lush green gardens added all around it.
About Bolgatty Palace
During those days, the Bolgatty Palace sued to serve as the Dutch Governor's residence. Incidentally, the Bolgatty palace happens to be the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside the Netherlands. Later, in 1909, the palace given as lease to the British, who turned it into a residence for the British governors. In 1947, after India gained her independence. The Bolghatty Palace of Cochin became the property of the state and later transformed into a heritage hotel resort. Also referred to as the Hotel Bolgatty Palace, it is now under the administration of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). It is one of the best Kerala holiday destination in Kochi. Just off the Kochi Marine Drive is the Bolgatty Island Resort.
It is an island of calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. The resort neatly tucked among giant umbrellas of refreshing green. It is also an important part of the Cochin International Marina that is fast becoming a stopover for international yachts and cruise ships. It is adjacent to the Bolgatty Palace and considered as honeymooners’ paradise .
Set in the middle of a fabulous garden, the palace has slowly metamorphosed into an esteemed heritage hotel. With the spectacular backwaters of Cochin as the background, the scenery around the palace is simply breathtaking. Hotel Bolgatty Palace is a two-storey building, with tastefully decorated bedchambers and a huge lounge, wherein historical portraits displayed. The hotel proffers executive suites, deluxe rooms and honeymoon & lakefront cottages along the edge of the backwaters for tourists to stay.