Bastion-Banglo

Bastion Bungalow has become one of the most popular tourist spots for visitors to Kochi. This elegant old bungalow capped is a blend of Indo-European styles of architecture with Kerala style tiled roofing and a typical wooden verandah on the façade of the first floor. It is in Fort Kochi. Bastion Bungalow was constructed way back in 1667 and gets its name from its location – the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old Dutch Fort (Immanuel Fort). The edifice merges marvelously into the circular formation of the bastion, has a tiled roof and a typical first floor verandah in wood along its front portion. Legend has it that there is a network of secret tunnels running below the bungalow – a story that adds mystique to this graceful building. However, no tunnels have been found so far! The Bastion Bungalow has been declared a protected monument by the Archeological Department of Kerala. This heritage building now houses the Renaissance Museum, a first of its kind museum to showcase the renaissance movement.

Fort Immanuel was constructed by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. When the Dutch took over Kochi in 1663, they destroyed the fort, reducing it to a third of its original size. The original fort had seven bastions. Of these, the Stormberg bastion was later on transformed into the Bastion Bungalow.The bungalow has been constructed around the circular structure of the bastion and is an elegant and eye-catching building. In 1806, when the British invaded, they tore down the walls of the fort but left Bastion Bungalow intact.