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.
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.
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.
" One night was not enough. We should have stayed a second night. I could have spent the day sat on the balcony, drinking tea and reading my book. You leave the hustle and bustle of Kochi behind you at the gate and enter a sanctuary, perfectly restored. "