The Austere Kings of Kerala

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.

 

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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.

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Restoration by Touch

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.

The Faces of Chittoor

A warm, personal welcome

A warm, personal welcome

Lunch for your Highness:the staff at work

Lunch for your Highness:the staff at work

An ayurvedic massage in your personal therapy area. Royal pampering!

An ayurvedic massage in your personal therapy area. Royal pampering!

"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."
-from TripAdvisor

 

"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."

-from TripAdvisor

On Golden Pond

Chittoor Kottaram has its share of quaint nooks and crannies, each with its own history. The Pond next to the ayurveda centre is a meditative space of solitude and peace. With its traditional bathing steps, it is a minuet of temple ponds seen throughout Southern India, used by pilgrims for ritual cleansing.