"INDeco Swamimalai hotel is India's only winner of the global eco tourism award. it is a hundred year old heritage home that has been remodeled and converted to a heritage house. Kumbakonam is known as the temple city of South India and lies in the Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
The construction of Indeco Hotels Swamimalai started in mid-July in the year 1896, in Thimmakudy, a small village in Kumbakonam. This huge home got completed in 1906 and was managed by Sri Srinivasa Iyer. His family resided in his house till the 1990’s. This house has welcomed several freedom fighters and important religious leaders such as the great Hindu sage Sankarachrarya of Kanchi Math. Poet Subramanya Bharathi was also a frequent visitor.
Since 1996, this family home has been owned by several people. Currently, Steve Borgia is the owner. The place looks like a huge villa, giving the feel of an old Kerala home. It is now one of the best heritage hotels in Kerala.
Accommodation at Indeco Hotels Swamimalai has been divided into 80 guest rooms and suites. No room or suite is similar to each other as far as décor, feel and size is concerned but all of them offer a memorable stay, amid world-class comforts. The rooms and suites are divided into different zones in the estate, on a geographical basis. Following is the classification of accommodation here:
Boasting of wonderful rural traditional, culture and rustic lifestyle, the suites in the Heritage Village have a Tanjorean décor, offering a comfortable stay. All the suites are on the ground floor and some of them are more than 100 years old. Traditional material have been used in the construction of these villas.
The regal home of Sri Srinivasa Iyer has the Zamin Block Suites. This block also has a home of visitor saint, Sankaracharya. This Tanjore house was constructed way back in the 1896. These suites are located on the first as well as ground floor.
This block has been built on the grounds that has a Muslim Feeding Centre. This place was gifted by the then rulers to the locals when the region was suffering from famine in the last century. Near the block is a mosque, which is almost in ruins. There are 24 uber-luxury rooms.
The property has 3 restaurants and special meals can be arranged are various dining spaces. Guests can savor authentic South Indian vegetarian delicacies. Lip-smacking non-vegetarian dishes are served at the Garden Glass House. The menu also has Continental delights. Enjoy special traditional Tamil thali here.
The trained chefs prepare finger-licking dishes with eco-friendly techniques using fresh fruits and vegetables. Milk and other dairy products come straight from the in-house dairy. Some of the recipes are straight from the royal kitchen. One of the specialties is the Stand Idly, an item served in breakfast. This is basically an idly that has a size of a dosa and is served with vada curry. Most of the food is prepared in aluminum utensils.
Distance From Airport39 Km
Distance From Station24 Km
Kumbakonam is known as the temple city of South India and lies in the Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. It is located amidst two rivers- Cauvery and Arasalar. Kumbakonam is one of the most ancient towns of Tamil Nadu. Mahamaham festival is celebrated here after every 12 years.