Tharavad

Kerala, India

Tharavad is the ancestral home of the Kandath family and is the perfect place to experience the village life of Kerala. They offer culinary and yoga holidays.

Testimonials 6

  • a traveler Cornwall

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    Staying at Kandarth Tharavad remains one of the highlights of our journey through Southern India. Bhags was the most wonderful host and welcomed us into his beautiful, historic home with warmth and enthusiasm.

    The food was delicious and served on a pretty verandah by the garden. We loved walking through the rice paddies in the evening, meeting local children, and watching egrets and wild peacocks but there was an extra surprise in store, Bhags had arranged for his guests (two of us, seven altogether) to visit the amazing spectacle that is Pariyanampetta Valiya Aarattu.

    This is a huge festival with tens of thousands of people, 400 musicians and dancers, and 21 decorated elephants. Bags arranged access to the rooftop of a building at the side of the temple, so after a great breakfast at the Ramassery idli café, we all headed off to enjoy a most thrilling day.

    We spent some time at street level during the early stages of the Pooram. Then, when the temple got really crowded and the Elephants started coming down the hillside, we were able to retreat to the safe vantage point at the top of the building. The TV crews were all there too! This was the most unexpected and thrilling day of our trip. Thank you so much Bhags, I hope we shall be back to see you again one day.

  • a traveler

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    Staying with Bags for one night only was a truly unique experience. The house is situated a rural location, where you don't hear anything louder than the birds. Bags himself is utterly charming and spent the evening with us, explaining how he came to be back in his ancestral home.

    His restoration of the building enabled us to experience what life was like in the past. Rooms are simple, dark, and not luxurious by any means. But it was quiet and the lack of 21st century facilities could be overlooked by the charm and hospitality of the place.

  • Kathy V. United Kingdom

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    This is a wonderful place to stay. The building is stunning and the host is charming and attentive. Note there is lots to do in Palakkad, so ask, don't just go by the guide books. We visited the fort and did some shopping but there is a temple elephant stable, which sounded most interesting. This is a good location to start or end your trip via Cochin airport. Our host kindly organized a taxi for us to the airport for the flight home, which was a very relaxing way to end our trip to India.

  • Jahonbin Kazakhstan

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    We arrived here after several days journeying in busy locales. We loved exploring the grounds and surrounding villages. We can't count the number of bird species we've seen in just two days. The food was great and the host is very friendly. The property is like museums we've explored in neighboring cities.

  • a traveler Massachusetts, USA

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    This is one of the most extraordinary places I've ever been to in India, and I've come here many times since 1973. The main thing is how Bags makes sure that his business benefits the community. There is a village nearby and the villagers love to wave and smile at people passing through, who they can see are staying at Kandath Tharavad. Bags supports the village school and many other things there and he is delighted to show you around. We were there for a Brahmin festival that involved elephants and gigantic chariots and our host was right there with us, making sure we enjoyed and participated in the festivities. If you stay at Kandath Taravad, you are sure to come home with a lot of incredible memories.

  • a traveler

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    We were met by the owner and his dog, Dodger; he also has three other dogs, just a note of caution as some people dislike dogs. Food is prepared by a local woman and the property is in a small village, which would be good for walking. Unfortunately, we were only there over night and we did not have enough time to explore. The owner can arrange activities and visits to other villages, even wildlife parks, but this will mean an early start and long day.

    Basically, this property you are staying in is someone's ancestral house. There is good home cooked food. It is ideal if this is the type of accommodation you want and to be situated away from all the big hotels, with all modern comforts, within a small local community.

    It would have been nice to stay another couple of days. Don't expect anything fancy, this is a pleasant stay in someone's house.

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