Bolghatty Palace, on Bolghatty Island, was built in 1744 as the residence of the Dutch Governor of Cochin. Today it is a government-run hotel.
This third visual tour of the city takes in the islands around Fort Cochin, and the city of Ernakulam on the mainland.
Setting sail from Fort Cochin, we first make landfall on Vypin island, just across from Fort Cochin. From there, we take the ferry to Bolghatty Island, to visit Bolghatty Palace – the former residence of the Dutch Governor of Cochin.
We then make a stop at Ernakulam, otherwise known as mainland Cochin and take a stroll around the waterfront. From there, we take a detour to Tripunithura to visit the Hill Palace – the former residence of the Rajas of Cochin, built in 1865, during the British era.
Fort Kochi Waterfront, Vypin and Willingdon Islands
Departing by ferry from Fort Kochi, we get a view of the Fort Kochi waterfront.
Brunton Boatyard from the water.
The Indian Coast Guard Building, from the water.
Aspinwall, from the water.
The Fort Kochi waterfront.
The Church of Our Lady of Hope – Nossa Senhora Da Esperança, 1605. Fort Vypin, Vypin Island.
Old Administrative Building, Willingdon Island.
Colonial buildings on Willingdon Island.
Bolghatty Island and Bolghatty Palace
The main building of the Bolghatty Palace, built in 1744. In the British period, it was the seat of the British Resident of Cochin.
Side view of the Bolghatty Palace.
Ground floor terrace, Bolghatty Palace.
Interior, Bolghatty Palace.
The grounds of the Bolghatty Palace.
National Institute of Oceanography, Ernakulam.
The Infant Jesus Church, Ernakulam.
Archbishop of Verapoly.
St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam.
The Latin Archbishop’s House, Ernakulam
The Malabar Mail, Ernakulam.
CSI Immanuel Cathedral, Ernakulam.
St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ernakulam.
The Hill Palace, Tripunithura
The approach to the Hill Palace, today a Museum of Archaeology.
Close-up of the entrance to the Hill Palace.
Entering the Hill Palace.
The coat of arms of the Cochin Royal Family.
Hill Palace complex.
South Block, Hill Palace.
Hill Palace Complex.
Centre for Heritage Studies.
View of Hill Palace Complex.
Deer Park in the Hill Palace Complex.
Terraces in the Hill Palace Complex.
Goodbye to the Hill Palace.
About Kennie Ting
I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.