One of the many historical landmarks of Kochi, Thakur House Fort Kochi was earlier known as Kunal or Hill Bungalow located near to Dutch Cemetery. Presently the house is maintained by the Ram Bahadur Thakur and Company, a renowned tea-trading firm. It was built on the site of the sea facing Gelderland Bastion, (one of the seven bastions of the old Dutch fort) in the late 1700s. With graceful lines reflecting the leisurely lifestyle of the colonial era, it exudes a quiet grandeur. Nestled amidst neatly manicured lawns, Thakur House is isolated from the noise and bustle of the nearby Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi bus stop.
Thakur House spots several trademarks of Dutch architecture, with its wooden floors, spacious rooms and large bay windows. Sparkling crystal and earthen pottery adorn tables and shelves, and ancient glass lamps hang from the rafters. It is an art-lover’s paradise, for several paintings, decorates the walls of the rooms. But, the most beautiful scenery of all lies right outside the window – the Arabian Sea stretching away to the horizon.