Boat Jetty Road & Cochin Secretariat Building Ernakulam, 1930 PC

Boat Jetty Road & Cochin Secretariat Building Ernakulam, 1930 PC

An old 1930 rare photo postcard of the Boat Jetty Road and Cochin Secretariat Building in Ernakulam. The view is of the sprawling Cochin Secretariat Building (now the Taluk office). The future site of Subhas Park and Rajendra Maidan is shown bordering the backwaters. This would later be expanded by reclamation. What’s more the road in front of the Secretariat is most likely Park Avenue Road or colloquially “Boat Jetty Road“.

So named because there is a boat jetty on this stretch, commonly known as “Ernakulam Boat Jetty”. This postcard view is presumably from its pier. The Cochin Secretariat was built by the Princely Kingdom of Cochin State in the 19th century. The Huzur Cutchery or the Secretariat is now the Kayannur Taluk Office. Designed by the Dutch and partly by the British in the majestic Kerala style architecture. Adjacent to it is the Maharaja’s College although not shown here. Click on the image for better view.

Read also The History of Cochin Royal Family.

Did you know – the Huzur Cutchery was the first Earthquake resistant building in South India. 

From the collection – Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Saraswati” Oleograph.,  British Era Madras Boat Club Annual Regatta, 1912.,  Elephant Hauling Road Roller British India, Photo 1925.,  Old Book 1892 – Albuquerque.