Six of us, we left around 1:30 PM from Chennai by Road in a Tempo-Traveller and reached Kumbakonam in about five-and-half hours. We stopped near mid-way in outskirts of Neyveli in a Hotel called “Archana” and had some snacks and coffee. On Day 1, when we reached our rooms it was about 7:30 PM. We were welcomed by melodious Carnatic music, coming from the veranda near-by. A music troupe of high-school going students were playing Violin and accompanists. Since we were the only audiences, we requested them to switch off the amplifiers and speakers and listened to the music in a natural way. It was a very memorable experience.
Sterling can certainly improve the taste of the food served and improve the service to 5-star levels. Considering the authenticity and the interior details and the price it is worth visiting. If you are Sterling member remember to register for a voucher with Sterling-Chennai, you will get nearly 30-40% on the normal room rents (like Rs.750 against Rs.1400) and in Ayurvedic Massages.