Location: Bolghatty Island, Kochi (Kerala)
Founded In: 1744
Best Time to Visit: August to May
Bolghatty Palace is the pride of the beautiful Bolghatty Island,
situated in the Kochi city of Kerala. The fort claims the distinction of
being the one of the oldest palaces that were built by the Dutch in
India and are still in existence. Dutch traders initially built a villa
on the site, which was later expanded to form the Bolghatty Palace.
Surrounded by lush green lawns, which were added later, the building
once served as the palace of the Dutch Governor. It was only in the year
1909 that the Bolghatty Palace was leased to the British.
Thereafter, the palace became the residence of the British Governors,
the seat of the British Resident of Cochin, during the British regime.
After India gained independence in the year 1947, the palace came under
the state and was later converted into a heritage hotel resort.
Presently, the resort is being managed as well as operated by the Kerala
Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). Bolghatty Palace is situated in
the middle of flourishing, tropical greenery and offers the pleasure of
a laid back environment.
The location of the palace is such that it provides an awe-inspiring
view of the backwaters all around. A two-storied building, it has a
large lounge, in which historical portraits have been displayed. The
rooms offered at the Bolghatty palace resort include executive suits,
deluxe rooms, honeymoon suits and lake front cottages along the edge of
the backwaters. One can also avail of the various facilities, like a
mini golf course, swimming pool, Ayurvedic center and daily Kathakali