If you have wondered what it would be like to live in a palace, think no further as you can stay in one at Chittoor Kottaram.
On a recent visit to Kochi, my first stop was at Chittoor Kottaram – a beautiful palace that is hidden from the main road and sits pretty on a private backwater stretch in the sleepy village of Chittoor.
The car maneuvers into a tiny lane and I am at the gate of the single key palace hotel. Milton the caretaker and the staff are waiting for me and I am welcomed with a traditional arati, sandalwood tika and ushered inside in style flanked by two staff carrying ornate umbrellas.
As I settle into the sofa, Milton says that this is a three deb property that can be hired by one guest and their family. Belonging to the erstwhile property, this as built by the king as a resting place post his temple visits in the vicinity.
I had a wonderful sadhya prepared by the team sitting on the banks of the backwaters and was delighted to see several birds including the blue tailed bee eater.
If you are looking for a secluded, private getaway in Kerala, look no further, this is where you will find it all with a royal touch.
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