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Every time I visit Kerala for a holiday it is refreshing. For a tourist, state of Kerala certainly feels as God’s own country. In the past, I have stayed at Kumarakom Lake Resort, Munnar, Guruvayoor, Trident Cochin, Taj Bekal & Vasundhara Sarovar Vayalar. This time for my son’s summer holidays, we revisited Kumarakom Lake Resort – there is of course equally good Taj Kumarakom too. Kumarakom is a small town with plenty of resorts, it takes about 120 minutes from Cochin Airport. One of the reasons I like Kumarakom is that there is literally no place worth sightseeing – there are no museums or…

After seeing Chettinad Palace and Kanadukathan on Monday, on Tuesday we went around Tanjore. I have written earlier detailed posts on my visit in 2012 to Thanjavur Palace and Big Temple, so I will keep this post brief. First stop…

After seeing Thirumayam fort we went to Kanadukathan (கானாடுகாத்தான்) to see Chettinad palace, the palatial house of Sri MAM Ramaswamy and family. Chettiyars hail from Chettinad region are a prosperous banking and business community who traveled across South East Asia doing trade especially during…

Early this week I was staying in Thanjavur (Tanjore) for few days. On Monday I went to see Thirumayam fort which is on the way to Karaikudi from Tanjore. The fort was built in 17th century by Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathi, the Raja of Ramnad and it was in this fort that Oomathurai the brother of Panchalankurichi chieftain Kattabomman was captured by Britishers. The fort is well maintained under the care of Archaeological Survey of India, it even has clean toilets with running water – a rarity in tourist places in India. On top of the hillock inside the fort you will find a…