There’s a regal new way to experience the Keralan Backwaters as CGH Earth Experience Hotels opens Chittoor Kottaram Palace – restored as a private villa residence just outside Cochin.
The only living palace owned by the Cochin royal family, Chittoor Kottaram was built in 1898 for the erstwhile Rajah of Cochin, Rama Verma to be able to spend more time worshipping at his temple in Cheranelloor by the backwaters.
Unlike the extravagant palaces of Northern India, Chittoor Kottaram is a simple three-bedroom villa residence, sleeping up to six people. The property is constructed in the local Keralan style of cool whitewash walls, timber frames and tiled roofing.
Guests can follow in the footsteps of the Rajah, arriving by boat through a private canal with a team of household staff to cater to their every whim.
A chef will serve up local vegetarian delicacies and recipes from the royal household of Cochin, including banana fritters laced with honey, homemade chutneys and rice dumplings. Local therapists are on hand to provide traditional Keralan massages. Private music and dance recitals can also be arranged.
Guests can soak up the tranquility of the Kerala experience, with private boat rides on the backwaters, fishing trips, and walking tours, or by simply relaxing in the extensive gardens.
Chittoor Kottaram is located 29 km from Cochin International Airport. Prices start from £325.00, per person per night, based on a couple staying at the palace on a full board basis.