Bolgatty PalaceBolgatty Palace is an exquisite tourist destination which travelers should not miss. It is located on the Bolgatty Island and here you get to enjoy the backwaters as well as the lush green scenery. The architecture of this palace is unique and the rich cultural heritage can clearly be seen.
History of Bolgatty Palace
The Bolgatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744 and it is considered to be one of the oldest palaces to be found outside Netherlands. Renovations and extensions were undertaken by the Dutch. Even beautification of surrounding areas with gardens and landscapes were also done. This remained as the Governor's Palace till 1909 after which it was leased out to the British. During the reign of British, it served as the home of the governors. But post-Independence this became the property of the government and it was later transformed into a heritage hotel. This palace has all amenities needed to attract tourists and it a good place to relax.
Architecture of Bolgatty Palace
Bolgatty Palace is huge and its architectural style is outstanding. With a grandeur look and the exotic location this palace is sure to win your hearts. It is surrounded by 8 acres property which has been adorned with trees, lawns and flower beds. This palace has got beautiful interiors and rooms are quite spacious. It’s got tilted roofs and wooden framed windows which gives it a rustic look .The antique furniture are well maintained and some of them are truly priceless. It also has a nine-hole golf course which was set up very early in 1923.
Like any other heritage resort this palace has all facilities to woo its visitors. The calm atmosphere with the view of the Vembanad Lake is sure to make people come here often. This Palace is managed by the Kerala Tourist Department Corporation and upon wish they can also organize cultural shows like Kathakali or other dance forms of Kerala. This palace also has a temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Some of the highlights of this place are listed below.
- Ayurveda Spa Facility
- Golf Course
- Multi Cuisine Restaurant
- Recreation room with Billiards and chess
- Swimming Pool
- Health Club
- Conference Halls and Lawns for banquets
- On request you can also go for horse riding and boat trips
How to Reach Bolgatty Palace
By road: From the Ernakulum Bus terminal it will take approximately 5 minutes to reach the palace.
By rail: From Ernakulum Junction it is 6km while Ernakulum Town it is 5 km.
From Airport: The Cochin International Airport is approximately at a distance of 40 km
By water: You can take the ferry services from the High Court Ernakulum Jetty which will take you about five minutes.
Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort (KTDC) Address: Mulavukadu, Kochi - 682504, Kerala, India
Phone: +91-484-2750500, 2750600