Wednesday, June 06, 2012

INDeco Hotels Swamimalai, 1896 Tanjore Village.


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.


Beautifully designed entrances to various rooms in the resort.
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)

19 comments:

Anu Gummaraju said...

What a lovely place! And pics! Loved the read, Archana :)

Paaka Shaale said...

This sis so beautiful. Thanks for letting us know about this lovely place:)

notyet100 said...

Wow,,,luved this place,..

Shanthi said...

WOW !!!! this is a lovely post and thanks for sharing. Swamimalai has always been on my list of travels for its bronze sculpture treasures. Now I know where to stay when I visit that place. Thanks for sharing.

vineeta said...

I remember this post from 5 yrs back. Gorgeous place & gorgeous pictures!!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

superb pictures of a beautiful place.

Ambika said...

Wonderful place, they've done it up so well! Lovely photos Archana.

Kisui Nai said...

Nice place, and also nice photshoot

Sudha said...

its on the top of the must visit list for me now..thanks for sharing archana

Shri said...

Beautiful! These vignettes evoke a feeling of stillness...where one can tiptoe or get lost in a book...

Dithi said...

Trust you to take us for a visual joy ride into such treasure troves, the peacock casting its shadow from the morning Sun and the Coffee froth has almost made day break for me at 1:57am in the night!

Aparna GK said...

Loved this post. The tree with a painted face in bizarre but interesting. Really enjoyed the story :)

Emreen said...

Beautiful place... They have an excellant resort in Yercaud as well... We stayed there a couple of years back and really enjoyed the stay !! (http://liventhingsup.blogspot.in/2010/07/lake-forest-blend-of-old-and-new.html)

Brinda Nilesh said...

wow..thts a gr8 option!!v generally visit the temples and rush back to the city as the hotels around them r pretty basic!!
now v know...thanx for sharing:)

Ramya said...

Lovely round up of the resort...thank you!

Thea said...

This is a wonderful post. I really enjoyed the face in the tree and just wished it would have been the same color as the tree :)
I never went to Tamil Nadu, but it is certainly on a never ending list of Indian must-sees :) - Thea

Pooja said...

beautiful. looks like a fantastic place to visit! awesome pics - and an awesome blog!

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story said...

Aww..........the place is so pretty. Missing India. Great pics as usual.

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