Formerly a palace and now a popular heritage hotel resort, Bolgatty Palace in Kochi, Kerala, is one of few existing monuments / palaces built by the Dutch in India. On the Bolghatty Island is located this 17th century old-fashioned yet charming mansion. Unsurprisingly, it also features among the oldest existing Dutch palaces in the world, of course, outside Holland.
The palace was built by Dutch traders who came to India during that time for trading purposes. In later years, it was extended further and gardens were laid around it to add to its visual charms. The palace is historical in true sense as it holds the distinction of having been a seat to both Dutch and British governors at some point in time.
Post-independence in 1947, the palace came into the possession of the state and it was made a heritage resort. This palace is away from the hustle and bustle of the Kochi city and is reached by ferry. Amid all modern amenities, tourists come here to soak in the serene ambience against the pulsating backdrop of the Vembanad Lake and acres of lush green surrounding of the island itself.