With more people preferring to spend vacations in holiday destinations which offer them peace of mind, several properties have come up in Kerala to cater to this need.
Tharavadu Heritage Home at Kumarakom is one such destination that invokes nostalgia in Malayalis and introduces true traditional lifestyle of Kerala to other tourists.
Tharavadu Home is an ancestral house with a 150-year-old history to which suitable modifications have been done to convert it into a resort with modern facilities. It offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy the feel of canals, which are the lifelines of Kuttanad while relishing the tasty local cuisine.
The resort can be reached by crossing a bridge over a canal. Serene greenery with several trees dominates the premises of Tharavadu.
Though the building is a century-and-a-half old, the beautiful swimming pool offers a link to modernity. The traditional gateway near the pool opens to a canal, along which local people travel in their canoes and other boats. There are numerous canals in the area that are interconnected to the Vembanad Lake.
Serving quality Kerala cuisine
Kumarakom is renowned for a cuisine in which backwater fish is the chief item. But 'duck mappas' served at Tharavadu can rival these fish dishes. The ideal combinations are hot tapioca and fish curry with chillies, and 'palappam' and duck 'mappas.'
The kitchen at Tharavadu follows Kuttanad cuisine faithfully. However, some special dishes, too, are served for guests, among which 'pork-beef roast' is one of the favourites. Prepared by roasting pork and beef boiled in local masalas, the dish is a great combination with rice as well as chapatis.
Another highlight of Tharavadu is it's grand dining hall.