One of the oldest existing Palace built by the Dutch in India, Bolghatty Palace is located in the scenic island popularly known as Bolgatty island in Kochi, Kerala. In 1744 AD, Dutch traders built this villa and it was later extended, with lush green gardens landscaped around it. The building was then the Governor's palace for the Dutch and later in 1909, was leased to the British. It served as the home of the British Governors, the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British regime. In 1947, when India got her independence, the palace became the property of the state and was later converted into a heritage hotel resort and is now run by the KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation). Set amidst lush, tropical greenery, this prestigious heritage hotel with spectacular scenery of the back waters all around is a place of quiet, laidback enchantment. The palace is a two-storied building with, well-decorated bedchambers and a huge lounge wherein historical portraits are displayed. The resort offers palace and executive suites, deluxe rooms, and honey moon and lake front cottages along the edge of the backwaters for stay. The guests can enjoy a beautiful calm and quiet environment with facilitates like a mini golf course, swimming pool, Ayurvedic center and daily Kathakali performances.
4 Nights / 5 Days