Soma Kerala Palace in Chempu, Kochi is a new offering of Somatheeram Ayurveda Group. A unique Kerala resort with the combination of Lake, Ayurveda, Yoga, the architecture Soma Kerala Palace is a blend of several remarkable structure that belongs to a long- gone epoch. The beautiful structures here are centuries old and have been transported from their original location and carefully reconstructed. Soma Kerala Palace thus provides visitors an opportunity to appreciate 250 year-old Kerala architectural marvels and the 5000 year-old healing art of Ayurveda. (more…)
All posts tagged Kerala architecture
Nestled in a setting of lush paddy fields and hills, Kalari Kovilakam of the CGH Earth Group in Kollengode, Palakkad is a two-and half hour drive through the countryside from the Cochin International Airport. Kovilakom,as the name suggests, was once a palace. It housed the daughters of the royal family of Vengunad, the traning ground for kerala,s renowned martrial art form, Kalaripayattu. Today, Kalari Kovilakom has been restored and recreated into a unique experience in wellness with modern facilities,but without compromising on the palace’s original spirit. (more…)
“Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina Sarve Santu Niraamaya….”
In this Sanskirt invocation lies the essence of Spa Niraamaya. And this, in translation, means: Spa Niraamaya at Surya Samudra Private Retreats, the heritage luxury vacation resort beside the Arabian Sea at Kovalam, Kerala, has been the destination that globetrotting wellness seekers have headed to for over two decades. Now, refurbished and renovated, with eight new treatment rooms, Spa Niraamaya has elevated the Spa experience to a whole new level. (more…)
Kumbalanghi, the first ever integrated Model Tourism Village in India, is home to Manjusha Group’s latest hospitality venture, Heritage Methanam. Just 12km away from Kochi, the eco-friendly premium hotel is located at the water front and set amidst lush greenery and offers refreshing different holiday experiences. (more…)
Lake palace, the Kerala luxury resort situated on the serene banks, of the Vembanad Lake in Alleppey, is managed by the Water World Tourism Company Pvt. Ltd, a pioneer in Kerala backwater tourism. Situated very close to the world renowned Nehru Trophy Boat Race Finishing Point, Lake Palace is a Kerala resort with difference. Spread over acres of excellently landscaped lagoon, Lake Palace is the symbol of fusion of Kerala architecture with the western luxury and comforts. It also offers a host of houseboat cruises, speed boat rides and motor boat cruises. (more…)
Bordered by the vast Arabian Sea and the bewitching Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam gained popularity as the merchant hub of Kerala. Imbibing the essence of Kerala travel and hospitality is Nani, a boutique hotel in the heart of Kollam. Showcasing artistic heritage in Kerala`s architecture and decor, Nani is an experience to cherish for the most discerning of travelers. (more…)
With the elephant as its theme and namesake, Elephant Court is a unique Kerala resort situated in the charming environs of Thekkady in Kerala. This project by Vijaya Hospitality and Resort Ltd, became a reality after decade-long research on the viability and the requirements of the travelers coming to the destination. The Kerala resort projects a fine blend of modern day luxury and the true vibrancy of unpolluted, unspoiled nature. (more…)
Hill Palace Tripunithura was the administrative seat and residence of Kochi royal family, was being built in 1865 by Kochi Maharaja. As the palace was being constructed on a hillock, it is known as Hill Palace. This 19th century building is situated on Ernakulam- Chottanikkara route, so close to Tripunithura at a distance of 2 kms and is 12 kms away from Ernakulam. It spans over 54 acres and consists 49 buildings. Single storied ‘Ettukettu’ with an adjacent pond, temple and kulappura, was constructed in typical Kerala architecture is the oldest structure here. The roof of the palace is perfectly done by Mangalore tiles which gives great protection from heavy downpour, longevity and asthetic appearance. The other buildings are a combination of traditional and western architecture.
Hill palace was taken over by the Department Of Archaeology in 1980 and converted it into a Museum. The complex has Kerala’s largest archaeological museum and first ever heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park. It was opened to the public in 1986. It has neatly maintained garden with fountains, ponds and lawns and rare medicinal plants are growing in the surrounding palace land. There is also a grave of Pareekshith Thampuran near the museum.
The museum displays finest 14 categories of articles donated by Kochi & Travancore royal families and the Paliam Devaswom which includes murals, paintings, coins, sculptures in stone and plaster of paris, manuscripts, inscriptions, carvings, archeological findings. The museum is preserving gold crown, ornaments & precious stones of Maharaja era.
An institute set up by the Department of Cultural Affairs, operates here in the Hill Palace.
The famous Malayalam film Manichithrathazhu was shot here in the palace.
The palace is open except Mondays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.