Bolgatty Palace, Kochi


Bolgatty Palace at Bolgatty Island, Kochi is the venue of the symposium. The pristine, calm Island is situated right in the midst of the bustling city of Kochi in Ernakulam District of Kerala. Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort located in this fascinating island are owned by Kerala State Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). Bolgatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744 and is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. The building was the then Governor's palace for the Commander of Dutch Malabar and 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 and was converted into a heritage hotel resort.

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The city of Kochi is built upon a cluster of islands and peninsulas joined by the bustling multicultural town on the main land, Ernakulam. The islands are connected with the main land via boat service and bridges. Kochi is a place of tourist attraction and is well connected by air, rail, road and sea. The main tourist attractions include its backwaters, Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogues and places of worship, palaces, museum, and art galleries. Besides providing a panoramic view, the city hosts a number of public and private sector industrial units, hill produce trading centres, oil refinery, shipyard, etc. which make the city the biggest commercial hub of Kerala.

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