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Kerala has a Dutch Palace- Bolgatty Palace!

07 Sep

Bolgatty Palace, Dutch palace outside holland

Bolgatty Palace- A heritage resort!

Kerala or precisely Kochi in Kerala has one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces built outside Holland called the ‘Bolgatty Palace’. This quaint mansion was built by Dutch traders in 1744 and was later beautified. At that time Kochi was the hub of Kerala’s trade and commerce. Relations with Holland were strong, and the Maharaja of Kochi himself leased the land to the Dutch to set up their commercial base here. Since then, the Palace has changed many hands before it become the luxury it is today.The building was then the Governor’s palace for the Dutch and later in 1909 was leased to the British and served as home to the British Governors , being the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British regime. When India achieved independance in 1947,  the palace became the property of the state and was later converted into a heritage hotel resort by KTDC. Bolgatty Palace in Kerala

A short ride across the serene Vembanad Lake will bring you to this emerald isle of fairy tale delights. Here, 250 year old tradition of royal splendour and gracious hospitality awaits at Bolgatty. Tucked away in brilliant green tropical foliage, you’ll be pampered like a prince! The Bolgatty Palace is located off Kochi — the heritage city of Kerala, a cauldron of world cultures. A versatile land where visitors from abroad, right from the Pheonicians and Arabs to the Chinese, Italians, Portugese, Dutch and British have left indelible marks. A port for traders, it is better described as The Queen of the Arabian Sea .  Interestingly, Bolgatty Palace, lazing on the backwaters of Kochi, is one of India’s oldest heritage properties. This resort is located in an island near the commercial area of Ernakulam. Bolgatty Palace now has a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, ayurvedic centre and daily Kathakali performances and is a holiday destination for Indian and overseas tourists. There is in a temple dedicated to Shiva that is the first of its kind in Kerala.

The distances are: Cochin International Airport – 30 km Ernakulam Railway Station – 2 km Ernakulam Bus Statnd – 2 km.

Kerala has a lot to offer, come an experience God’s own country!

With Holiday India you can have a memorable travel to this wonderful place.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Travel India

 

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One response to “Kerala has a Dutch Palace- Bolgatty Palace!

  1. student

    May 12, 2011 at 5:03 am

    My experience was just horrible at the Bolgatty Palace.
    My friend and I went there to see the palace. We knew it was converted into a hotel so we decided to go to the coffee shop for a coffee though it was 7:30. We did this because being students we could not afford dinner there.
    We were shown very rudely to the restaurant.
    There the moment we asked for the snacks menu the head waiter smirked at us and told us to sit outside.
    Outside there was no light,no ac and full of mosquitoes.
    It was unbearable. We ordered food and I told the waiter to light a coil for the mosquitoes. He returned with an electric mosquito bat and handed it to my hand indicating I should do it myself. I was furious by this time. I demanded that we should be allowed to sit inside and then the head waiter let us. Since my friend insisted we finished our food and walked out. Had it been only me or with someone who would behave like me,we would have just walked out of the place.
    I ve never been soo insulted in my life.
    whether a customer comes into a restaurant for a small cup of coffee or for dinner,he deserves to be treated equally. The place obviously needs to learn a lot espically in good manners.

     

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