I had posted about this serene place near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu way back in 2007 when I had just started the blog, it was called Sterling Swamimalai.
Since then it has evolved into a even more beautiful heritage resort and has been rechristened INDeco Hotels, Swamimalai, 1896 Tanjore Village.
INDeco Hotels Swamimalai, 1896 Tanjore Village is a heritage resort which consists of a painstakingly restored main village home built in the late 1896 and many other heritage structures which have been restored to create an ambience of a Tanjore Village.
Terracotta figurines and idols compliment the heritage space with pops of burnt red.
Painted prayers~ Kolams adorn the brick paths and entrances to the rooms.
My daughter learning to make little kolams on a little chalkboard...
Kolams are drawn every morning after a generous sprinkling of water on the paths.
The swimming pool has been designed like the village temple tank with niches for earthen lamps that I imagine would create magic on special days and festivals...
White-washed terra-cotta 'yalis' guard the dining hall which is tucked amidst thick banana plantation.
Few walls are painted red and white reminiscent of South Indian temples with beautiful sculptures of Gods & Goddesses.
The trees in the resorts have faces! The Cannonball tree (Nagalingam) seem to come alive with a terra-cotta face and floral hairdo. So delightful!
The Cannonball flower has such a mesmerizing fragrance.
The terra-cotta Gods are omnipresent:-)
The resort has been conceived and designed by Steve Borgia. It also houses the Steve Borgia Indian Heritage Museum where you can see a beautiful collection of antiques and collectables.
Lovely geometrical patterns created by Mr. Sun.
A huge Lord Shiva face in the museum open courtyard.
The sun-bathed courtyard in the 1896 village home.
A peacock enjoys the morning sunlight...
Hope you enjoyed the tour of the stunning South Indian village style, heritage resort. So next time you are on a South Temple trip in Tanjore District, do check out INDeco Hotels Swamimalai, 1896 Tanjore Village.
Have a great day with a stainless steel tumbler of the famous frothy Kumbakonam Degree Coffee:-)
(Images by Arch)