British Residency
Government Guest House
British Residency in Asramam
British Residency is located in Kollam
British Residency
Location within Kollam city
British Residency is located in Kerala
British Residency
British Residency (Kerala)
British Residency is located in India
British Residency
British Residency (India)
General information
Architectural styleEuropean-Indian-Tuscan
Town or cityAsramam, Kollam city
Coordinates8°53′52″N 76°35′10″E / 8.897906°N 76.586191°E / 8.897906; 76.586191
Construction started1811
ClientCol. John Munro
Design and construction
EngineerCaptain Arthur

The British Residency (Malayalam: ആശ്രാമം ബ്രിട്ടീഷ് റെസിഡന്‍സി), also known as the Government Guest House or Residency Bungalow, is a two-storeyed palace situated at Asramam in the city of Kollam in the Indian state of Kerala. It lies close to the site of the old Kollam Airport situated at Asramam in the city[1] and was built by Colonel John Munro between 1811 and 1819. It is a noted Kollam landmark like the Chinnakada Clock Tower.

Architecture and structure

The British residency vali unique symmetry and harmonious blending of variegated artistic features. During the British Raj, the building served as the British Residency. It was built during the Travancore era by Gowri Parvati Bayi when Colonel John Munro was the British Resident.[2][3] A blend of European, Indian and Tuscan architecture, the central portion of the building has a rounded front, with a large gable decoration. Atop the building there is a crown with a lion seated on it, with the motto Dieu et mon Droit (God and my right) inscribed above. The 10 feet (3.0 m) entrance doors are made up of glass panes. The conference hall in the palace has an antechamber with an adjustable partition-like door while a large fanlight arching over divides the two rooms. The building has rich wooden flooring on the upper storey. The walls of the conference hall having cornices and dentils bordering the four sides with embossed designs of festoons, urns, and floral forms. A motif of a large arch with an ornamental keystone, resting on pillars is embossed over the main doorway. The Edward Rose garden is another main attraction of the mansion.[4]

Antique prints in polished wooden frames adorn the walls including one that depicts the battle of Seringapatnam, dating from 1802. Prof. Pandala has described the Residency as "one of the most elegant buildings in India".[5]

An old image of the British Residency

See also


  1. ^ British residency - Kollam
  2. ^ Harmony in architecture Archived 4 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Khan, Faizal (22 September 2011). "Kollam, Ashtamudi Lake - great alternatives to Kochi, Vembanad Lake". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  4. ^ Flower show does ‘well’
  5. ^ "Kollam (City of Quilon) and Ashtamudi Lake - A great alternative to the known charms of Kochi and Vembanad Lake". Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2014.