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Experience the village life of Kerala and enjoy true Kerala cooking classes in an astonishing tharavad. The morning walks with the fresh breeze blowing against you and the evening starlit skies in a silent surrounding are some of the treasures of this abode. A morning visit to the corner tea shop to share your world with that of villagers over a tumbler of tea or an evening walk through the village and the green paddies to watch the sunset will make this a unique holiday you will never forget.
Kandath Tharavad, the ancestral home of the Kandath family, is set in the lush rice paddies of rural Kerala in South India. The house is a 200-year-old gem of domestic architecture, constructed primarily of mud and teak. The house was built in 1794 by Bhagwaldas’ great great grandfather, a landowner and money-lender.
Five generations have lived here, as evidenced by the five ancestral stools in the Puja Room. The most striking feature of the house is the frontal raised area, also known as purathalum, with grand bulbous pillars fashioned in teak at each corner, rising to glorious carvings of elephants, snakes, fish, and dragons.
The floor is covered in natural dyed tiles of ochre, terracotta, and blue. It was here, until Bhagwaldas’ grandfather died in the seventies, that the serious business of money-lending took place; most of it, tiding the locals over between rice crops. No more than 20 feet away from the front purathalam, where the men would congregate, is another raised area at the rear of the house for the ladies to gather.
It was acoustically contrived that no word spoken by the women could be heard by the men and vice versa. The two areas are diagonally separated by a reception chamber in which there is a nadumuttam or open area in the center, where you can stand and see the stars. It consists of four roofs, now tiled but once palm thatched, descending into the room to shoulder height, allowing monsoon rains to plash into a central sunken area below.
Kandath Tharavad is an Ettukettu (eight-block) structure, having not one but two such areas, built according to the principles of Vaasthu Shastra, the ancient science of architecture. The principal sunken area is where a goat is still slaughtered annually on ancestor's day and its meat isoffered to the forbears in the Puja Room, before family and friends make their feast.
All doors in the house are low, narrow, and stepped, constructed with teak hooped with brass. The theory is that whoever the visitor, any entry to the house was impossible without them according respect in the form of a low bow. The property offers four double bedrooms, one suite, and one mini suite. All rooms have en suite facilities and are air-conditioned, with hot and cold water available.
This holiday will take place in Palakkad, in Kerala, India.
During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to taste daily traditional Kerala meals and learn how to prepare the delicious dishes as well. Also, you will taste the special iddlies in a local tea shop and stop at a traditional roadside café for traditional village café snacks.
You can book a rejuvenation Ayurveda massage at an additional cost of 1400 INR per person.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK), Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), and Calicut International Airport (CCJ). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request.
The closest train station is Palakkad Junction railway station. Transfers from and to this railway station are available upon request.