CHITTOOR KOTTARAM, Cochin [Kochi]
Chittoor Kottaram is a single key hotel, which means there are no guests but you and your companions. Together, you will be transported back to the time when Kerala was still the Kingdom of Travancore, a fuedal land of nobles and princes. Arrive by boat just like they did in days gone by. Live and sleep as if to the manner born. Enjoy the same performances as the royals did and even eat the same food in the same manner. You would bask in the services of a personal retinue. And even take a pleasure cruise on the backwaters, just to watch the sun rise over your kingdom.
A charming little place far from the rush of city life….The whole palace has been faithfully restored to its original simple glory. The stained glass painting near the staircase tells its own story. From the painstakingly restored wooden ceiling to the original floor tiles to the fine balustrades, no effort has been spared in making this an authentic experience, one that transports you effortlessly to a century ago.
Chittoor Kottaram is a small palace having its has its own private waterway on the backwaters of Kerala, and is away from the touristy hussle and bussle of Cochin. It is rented out to only one couple/family at a time so you can experience living in a royal palace all by yourselves. It is beautifully restored and the furnishing is in keeping with the building.
Chittoor Kottaram has its share of quaint nooks and crannies, each with its own history. The Pond next to the ayurveda centre is a meditative space of solitude and peace. With its traditional bathing steps, it is a minuet of temple ponds seen throughout Southern India, used by pilgrims for ritual cleansing.
Natural and traditional styles are the norm here, and while the bathrooms are modern, the towels are simple, pure linen. Lunch in the dining room is served on traditional banana leaves. But Dinner is a more indulgent affair, when you dine off pure silverware, just as the kings of yore did.
The food at Chittoor Kottaram is pure vegetarian traditional cuisine, based on the ‘Sadya’, a Kerala festival style. Breakfast is delicious South Indian homestyle food. And freshness is, of course, the main ingredient in every meal. What could be more royal than pure wholesome goodness?
Come evening and you can participate in a simple tradition, the lamp lighting ceremony. You watch in amazement as from within, the whole palace slowly seems to come alive. Shadows begin their dance upon the wall and the stained glass painting magically draws you into its embrace. From within, the palace seems afire. This is how the kings lived. With romance and magic, but created from an ordinary earthen lamp.
Master Bedroom and Two additional Bedrooms
Traditional Kerala Cuisine – Vegetarian
Private grounds, peace and seclusion
THINGS TO DO
Private Boat Rides
34 km from Cochin International Airport
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