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.
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.
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