Thursday, January 23, 2014

Splendour of The Chitoor Kottaram

The Mansion next door to the famous "Chittorappan Temple" in Ernakulam ,Chitoor and very near/stones throw distance from my Aunts house had always intrigued me.The mansion was none other than the splendorous "Chittoor Kottaram" that was built nearly 50 yards from the temple.The Raja of Cochin built this palace to cater to the use of the Raja during his regular visits to the shrine.


The Kottaram /Palace steeps in history and folklores of the time when the Rajas ruled Kerala.Suresh Nampoothiri gave us a warm welcome and this visit of mine happened some years back and he had told me about the "kottaram" being run by CGH earth for catering to the tourists.As told by him the restoration activities was quite a challenge for him,as he got all tiles replaced,the granite pathways,the teak doors,flooring detailing and wood work too..The athangudi tiles were added for more royal look.Glass door were put in at the entrance on the ground floor to provide more light and the furnitures replicated from old designs .The palace exudes in grandeur..Enjoy with the Periyar river flowing next to it its a paradise for sure!



the grandeur..

notice the columns and the sides
inside out


the long corridors..


the swings and the athangudi tiles

wonderful place to rest,read and have your tea
the back side 




the trees and the tropical lush greenery

shadows cast a magic
onto the periyar river



the wooden stairs
beautiful are these windows

in love with the corridors
the separate dining room


the umbrella  from earlier times made with palm leaves
the temple pond entry





as we sat down to relax

its beautiful:)-




All Images Idea:Lakshmi Arvind
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11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post and wonderful captures laksh. Truly a place of grandeur.

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  2. How amazing! the corridors, the tiles, the windows, the beams, the umbrella -so much character, sigh! I could live here... beautiful pictures.

    ~deepa

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  3. Very earthy and beautiful! Thank god it's hidden from commercialization.

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  4. There is something to be said for old Kerala style architecture. The pillars and the courtyard are truly magnificent!!
    Shyama
    http://www.vannam.in

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  5. Beautiful photos....loved the long corridor too :)

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  6. wonderful !!! These places are not known to many.

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  7. Great Informative blog.. Now a days deforestation is very big problem for Earth... So we need waste management services and environmental services for good Earth and Environment.

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  8. What a lovely place, mesmerising greens, colourful tiles and gorgeous rich woodwork ! Thanks for the tour ! Karishma

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  9. oh my gosh.. oh my gosh.. I love that floor.. adore it..

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