Kandath Tharavad, Palakkad India, Kerala
Built from mud and teak in 1794, Kandath Tharavad is the ancestral residence of the Kandath family and one of the last original houses standing in the area. Five generations of Kandaths have called this place home, and it’s a quirky and intimate homestay experience for anyone wishing to get up close and personal with rural life in lovely southern Kerala.
Palakkad is a terrific base to explore such Kerelan treasures as the Parambikula Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, magnificent Malampuzha, and Silent Valley National Park. On or near the property, you can fish on the pond, bird spot, participate in toddy tapping, visit the Kalari (martial arts school), take a cooking course, practise yoga, or explore the countryside on bike or foot.
The accommodation at Kandath Tharavad is basic but clean. They practice responsible tourism and serve authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian Keralan culinary specialties. Expect small rooms and low ceilings, but modern, clean facilities and vibrant coloured furnishings. You’ll find stunning natural surroundings and lots of great open spaces for relaxing and exploring. If you need privacy and hotel-grade facilities, give it a miss. Instead, come to Kandath Tharavad for a unique shared experience in someone’s home.
Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!
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