Rivalries and Devotions

Legend has it that the Rajah of Cochin, Rama Verma, was forced to move the royal seat from Perumpadappu to Thripu-
nithura, following an  invasion by a rival King.
The shift pained the Rajah, more so, because it also meant being away from the Guruvayur Temple in his old kingdom. A fervent devotee of Lord Krishna, he vowed to build a similar one in his territory. And to be close to the diety, in the quiet, peaceful hamlet of Cherranelloor, he built a tiny palace, just for himself.

Even today, the modest tiled roofs and clean lines of Chittoor Kottaram reflect it’s raison d’être - devotion and simplicity, rather than regal pomp.




Chittoor can accommodate a mere six people. You need to enter barefoot (and stay that way). And the menu features a choice of precisely one. Yet if you’re open-minded enough to consider luxury as a feeling rather than a shiny object, you may be in for an experience. Of a kind you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else.

King for a Day (or for that matter, several)

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. 

Of Guests and Guest Books

Treated like royalty

Treated like royalty

A relaxing stay

A relaxing stay

A repeat visit

A repeat visit

Royal Indulgence

A passage through a Royal world. For more videos, do visit our youtube page.

An Ancient Fairy Tale

The Chittoor Temple finds special mention in a chapter of the ancient text of the fairy tales of Kerala, the “Aithihyamala”, first published about a hundred years ago. One chapter is dedicated to the nearby Chittoor temple and its village chieftain, Cheranelloor Kartha. Legend has it that he set the Palace on fire while displaying his prowess with magic to the royal family.
Miraculously, the Palace was instantly restored.

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