Photo Credit : Bolgatty Palace
Bolgatty Palace Island Resort, a former palace built by the Dutch in India,is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland.
It is located on the island popularly known as Bolgatty Island in Kochi, Kerala. This charming manor was built in 1744 by Dutch traders and was later extended and gardens were landscaped.
The building served as the then Governor’s Palace for the commander of Dutch Malabar, and later in 1909 it was leased to the British.
It served as the home of the British Governors, being the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British Raj.
In 1947, when India attained independence, the palace became the property of the state.
It was later converted into a heritage hotel resort managed by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
It has now has a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, Ayurvedic center and daily Kathakali performances and temple devoted to Shiva, which is first of its kind in Kerala.
It is a favourite holiday destination for Indian and overseas tourists.