Palakkad accommodation - Kandath Tharavad

Kandath Tharavad

Kandath Tharavad is an ideal place to experience the true village life of Kerala. The majestic 'Tharavad', the ancestral home of the Kandath family, is surrounded by 10 acres of rice paddies, coconut, mango and guava plantations outside Palakkad town. Your host is businessman turned homestay host Mr Bhagwaldas, or Bugs to his new friends.

Built in 1794, the house design is based on traditional Kerala architecture and the most striking feature is the front raised area (Purathalum) with grand bulbous pillars fashioned in teak at each corner. There is also a reception chamber in with four roofs descending into the room to shoulder height allowing the rains to splash into a central sunken area. Constructed of mud and un-baked bricks decorated with tiles, guests are requested to remove footwear as you step over doorways onto smooth cool floors streaked with golden sunlight.

Seven spacious but simple guest rooms have been created and modified to include en-suite bathrooms with solar powered hot water. The suite with its mosquito-netted four poster bed has a private terrace while another room was once the family’s strong room containing currency and gold. The whole place exudes an historic feel.

A morning visit to the corner tea shop or an evening walk through the village, across the green paddies to watch the sunset or ambling along in the back of a bullock cart are among the old-fashioned pleasures, the traditions and local culture interpreted by your host. On the way you may encounter a man mixing Ayurvedic potions by the roadside or women clustered around the village well and everywhere you'll be greeted by smiling children keen to practice their English.

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