below: Bastion Bungalow. photo.webindia123.com
Built in 1667 in Indo - European style with major emphasis on Dutch architecture, the Bastion Bungalow is on River road, Ft. Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala State. Deriving its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old Portuguese -built Fort Immanuel in the early decades of 1600, the bungalow has a tiled roof and a typical first floor verandah in wood along its front portion.
The 450-year-old structure, believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Kerala, is now a protected monument. It was the British who named it Bastion Bungalow. Earlier it was part of the first Portuguese-built fort that was taken over by the Dutch. It was used as a a residence-cum-office for government officials during the British period. Today, the Bungalow is the official residence of the Sub Collector.
This historical Bastian Bungalow under went major modification at the initiative of the Kerala government and it has become a popular cultural center of Kerala. According to Cultural Minister K C Joseph, “A 25-seat modern theatre, a souvenir shop, and touch screen kiosk will be added in the second phase of development of the museum. Slide shows and documentaries on the cultural heritage of Kerala and Kochi will be shown in the theatre,”.
The museum is about 13 km away from Fort Kochi and is located in the backwater of Vembanad lake in the Arabian sea.