Unlike most of their kin at the time, many of the royal families of Travancore were known for having eschewed ostentation, in favour of a simple, austere lifestyle.The King was seen as an example, someone the subjects could emulate, rather than a remote, absolute ruler.
And so, at Chittoor, no fancy chandeliers hung from the ceilings. Lamps lit the rooms instead. In place of palatial suites, there were only three simple chambers, and an extended space for devotion, complete with a traditional temple pond. This, after all, was Royalty, but with the heart of a simple devotee of The Lord.
The whole palace has been faithfully restored to its original simple glory. The stained glass painting near the staircase tells its own story. From the painstakingly restored wooden ceiling to the original floor tiles to the fine balustrades, no effort has been spared in making this an authentic experience, one that transports you effortlessly to a century ago.
"Having spent some of our holiday visiting old palaces, it was a perfect ending to actually stay in one. Overlooking the backwaters, we were able to travel by boat to Fort Cochin, and relax in the peaceful gardens."
"This little palace was magical. Its has its own private waterway on the backwaters of Kerala, and is away from the touristy hussle and bussle of Cochin. It is rented out to only one couple/family at a time so you can experience living in a royal palace all by yourselves. It is beautifully restored and the furnishing is in keeping with the building."