Bastion Bungalow in Fort Kochi

In Fort Kochi lies the historic Bastion Bungalow, once a topic of contention between many of the imperial powers who staked their claim over the area. Originally built by the Portuguese as Fort Immanuel in the 16th century, the Dutch invasion in 1663 led to the destruction of the first structure. What remained was the Stormberg Bastion, one third in size, and it would be remodelled into the mighty Bastion Bungalow that we see today.

Its circular structure is so captivating that when the British eventually arrived, they decided to leave that part of the original building untouched. Today it houses the Sub-Collector's Office, with its long, open verandas and a tiled roof in geometric patterns attracting tourists from all over the world. Made entirely of brick, laterite and wood, it is said that beneath its ground floor lies a secret network of tunnels, adding to the mystique of the entire place. The building was declared a protected monument by the State Archaeology Department a few years back.

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