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Cullinary Holiday

Cullinary Holiday at the Kandath Tharavad 4 days Kerala Cooking Holidays Features Activities • Cooking classes • Cycling nearby • Massage nearby • Shopping nearby • Basket Weaving nearby • Terracotta Jewelry making General • Air-conditioned rooms • Dining area • Environmentally friendly • Garden • Kitchen Services • Bicycle rental • Car rental nearby • Free toiletries • Laundry • Local market • Wedding Food During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to taste daily traditional Kerala meals and learn how to prepare the delicious dishes as well. Also, you will taste the special iddlies in a local tea shop and stop at a traditional roadside café for traditional village café snacks. Things to do (optional) • Additional cooking classes – 750 INR per person • Bird watching at Parambikkulam – 1000 INR plus entry fee for two persons • Book a session with the family astrologer – 750 INR per person • Enjoy a private performance of Indian classical music – 5000 INR • Visit the Prambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary for a trek – 1000 INR plus entry fee • for two persons • Visit to Kerala Kalamandalam (the school of dance and music) and to the • Guruvayoor elephant stables – 1000 INR per person • Yoga and meditation sessions at Tharavad – 700 INR per person Spa treatments You can book a rejuvenation Ayurveda massage at an additional cost of 1400 INR per person. Responsible tourism Tharavad’s responsible tourism initiative encompasses all forms of tourism and seeks to minimize negative economic, environment, and social impacts. They are trying to generate greater economic benefits to local people and enhance the well-being of local communities. Tharavad also makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and maintenance of the world’s diversity. Important information All activities will be done in your vehicle or, if you do not have one, transfers can be made in Tharavad’s vehicle at an additional cost of 2000 INR per day for local trips and 3000 INR per day for day trips. How to get there Arrival by airplane Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK), Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), and Calicut International Airport (CCJ). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request. Arrival by train The closest train station is Palakkad Junction railway station. Transfers from and to this railway station are available upon...

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Welcome to Tharavad

Welcome to Tharavad

Welcome to the official home page of the Kandath Tharavad, the ancestral home of the Kandath family which is set in the lush rice paddies of rural Kerala in South India. Tharavad is the place to experience the village life of Kerala. The house set in a rustic village outside Palakkad Town takes you back to a by gone era. Away from the busy traffic and into a countryside that is absolutely quiet and calm. The morning walks with the fresh breeze blowing against you and the evening starlit skies in a silent surrounding are some of the treasures of this abode. A morning visit to the corner tea shop to share your world with that of villagers over a tumbler of tea or an evening walk through the village and through the green paddies to watch the sunset are some of the past times you will enjoy. Cycling trips  along small winding roads through an unspoiled countryside are some of the interesting activities awaiting you. For somebody who is looking for a quiet corner to relax and catch up on some reading Tharavad has plenty of spots in and around the house. If you are keen on the Kerala cuisine the cook is always ready to fill your appetite with a variety of dishes both special and authentic.    ...

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About Tharavad

About Tharavad

Kandath Tharavad the ancestral home of the Kandath family is set in the lush rice paddies of rural Kerala in South India. The house is a two hundred year – old gem of domestic architecture constructed primarily of mud and teak.The house was built in 1794 by Bhagwaldas’s Great Great Grandfather,Mr. Kuppavelan, a landowner and money – lender. Situated in Thenkurussi Village in Palakkad, the nearest town, an equidistant two-hour drive from Cochin airport to the West or Coimbatore to the East. Five generations have lived here, as evidenced by the five ancestral stools in the Puja Room. The Most striking feature of the house is the frontal raised area (“Purathalum”) with grand bulbous pillars fashioned in teak at each corner rising to glorious carvings of elephants, snakes, fish and dragons. The floor is covered in natural dyed tiles of ochre, terracotta and blue. It was here until Bhagwaldas’s Grandfather died in the seventies that the serious business of money – lending took place – most of it tiding the locals over between rice-crops. No more than twenty feet away from the front purathalam where the men would congregate is another raised area at the rear of the house for the ladies to gather. It was acoustically contrived that no word spoken by the women could be heard by the men and vice-versa.The two areas are diagonally separated by a reception chamber in which there is a “Nadumuttam” or open area in the center. You can stand under this and see the stars. It is created by four roofs (now tiled but once palm thatched) descending into the room to shoulder height allowing monsoon rains to plash into a central sunken area below. Kandath Tharavad is an Ettukettu (Ettu-eight: Kettu- Block) structure having not one but two such areas, Built according to the principles of Vaasthu Shastra ( ancient science of architecture). The principal sunken area is where a goat is still slaughtered annually on Ancestor Day and its meat offered to the forbears in the Puja Room before family and friends make their feast. All doors in the house are low, narrow and stepped, constructed with teak hooped with brass. The theory is that whoever the visitor, any entry to the house was impossible without them according respect in the form of a low bow. The bedrooms have ensuite facilities. But the whole emphasis of the house is...

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Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism

Tharavad’s Responsible Tourism Initiative encompasses all forms of tourism and seeks to minimize negative economic, environment and social impacts. We are trying to generate greater economic benefits to local people and enhance the wellbeing of local communities. Tharavad also makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, and maintenance of the world’s diversity.....

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Festivals around Tharavad

Festivals around Tharavad

Ottapalam Periyanampetta 30 KM FEB Kongad Chirakkekavu 25KM FEB Padoor Panikkanirkavu 24KM FEB Palakkad Manapulli Kavu 10KM MAR Palakkad Koduthirapilly 14KM MAR Kathirvela Konganpada Chittur 12KM MAR Ottapalam ChinnakathurPuram 30 KM FEB Kavuserry Parakad Devi Temple 22KM MAR Mundur Palakkizhikavu 20KM MAR Koduvayur Ethanur Kummat 7KM MAR Kongad Chirrekekavu 25KM MAR Nemmara Nemmara Vela 25KM APR Kuniserry Siva Temple 15KM APR Elapully Parikkanchery Bhagavathy 18KM APR Kalpathy Kalpathy Ratholsavam 12 KM...

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