Swamimalai

Swamimalai


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Hotels & Resorts in Swamimalai

Swamimalai, in Kumbakkonam, near Tanjore, houses several temples apart from the Navagraha temples, the nine planet temples and it is also the capital of bronze iconography. Even today, the world rejoices the aroma of the Kumbakonam Degree Coffee. Distinctively, INDeco Hotels, Swamimalai, lies amidst 3 UNESCO World Heritage destinations: Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram and the Bragadeeswara Temple in Tanjore. This international hotel is the regions first and now the biggest and most sought after.

In mid-July 1896, in Thimmakudy, a small hamlet in Kumbakonam, foundation work for this epic home began. In 1906, the massive project was completed by Sri.Srinivasa Iyer. Generations of his family continued to live here until the 1990’s. This house has played host to many freedom fighters and religious leaders – significantly the great Hindu pontiff Sankarachrarya of Kanchi Mutt, who lived here during his visits to this town, the poet Subramanya Bharathi also frequented to receive support for his news paper.

In 1996, the familial household changed hands and is currently owned by Steve Borgia. Under very divine circumstances INDeco Hotels Swamimalai was manifested in an epic villa, exactly a hundred years after the original house was built. The most important prerogative was to ensure that the hotel emerged from the existing village framework, its heritage, culture, traditions, lifestyle, and practices.Transformed from a home to a Hotel, it has turned into an experience, providing local flavour for the global market, created by local craftsmen, serviced by the neighbourhood and entertained through local talent.

Over the years, INDeco Hotels, Swamimalai has inspired a million, not only as a hotel but as a lifestyle product and has emerged as a destination in itself. The experience at INDeco Hotels Swamimalai can cultivate deep change in society. It is simply awe-inspired by the culture of this land and the unparalleled intellectual history of this region.



Your very stay here can be a workshop. INDeco Hotels Swamimalai is a space of energy grounded in a wildly active environment. With your eyes closed you can see the convergence of all elements created for man’s well being. Art, Culture and History sweeps gently but ignites deep thinking. The entire experience could be an adventure, but you got to believe it is an unfurling of a divine mantra.

hospitality

hospitality

“Imbibed With Love For Life And Delight For Nature, Rural India Enthralls Me. The Wisdom, Adventure And Romance Contained In Them Are A Part Of The Life, Thought And Behaviour Of Every Indian Even Today. Here, Every Feeling Finds Experience. I Have Lost My Heart, Mind & Soul To Rural India.”And kumbakonnam remains an epitome.

-STEVE BORGIA

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Guest Welcome at Swamimalai  is not just a ritual but a warm and an unique experience. The welcoming of guests with the saffron tilak, cold towel, Ayurvedic foot massage and the welcome drink is endearing and soulfully draws one to the place. Apart from the staff, there are times when the deer joins in for welcoming and  sending off the guests. Our guests come here and  realise the wonder of the place right at the entrance. An age-old village conserved and adapted to accommodate INDeco Hotels Swamimalai. The palace and the mansion of the village head is an epitome of luxury. The house of the late Hindu pontiff Sankaracharya is the source of all this profound energy.

Most guest supplies are sourced from the vicinity benefiting rural suppliers. There is a constant search in this direction, forget soaps, shampoo etc. The city baker’s cookies is replaced with traditional sweets of good old days. All knowledge and most solutions come from the village, its people, the flora and fauna. A very honest pursuit survived an attempt to avoid plastics and alien material even if they were cheaper. Even plastic straws to suck juices got replaced. Guests drinking tender coconut with palm leaves nearly became a miracle.

accomodation

accomodation


All Rooms Are Different And Unique In Its Own Way And geographically distributed In different Zones within the estate. While the Suites in the ancient Heritage Village offer The Old World Charm, The Palace Block Exhibits sheer luxury of space and ambience whatever the mood, space and the charisma. The rooms around the home of the late Hindu pontiff, Sankaracharya of Kanchi have its share of divinity. There are over 80 individually and ethnically designed comfortable suites at INDeco Hotels Swamimalai and no two rooms are similar in size, décor and feel but the experiences will be the same.

DOMESTIC PUBLISHED TARIFF FOR THE YEAR 2016-17 - INDECO HOTELS SWAMIMALAI

ROOM TYPE PUB / TARIFF TAXES (21.2%) NETT RATE
Heritage Deluxe Room 3500+TAX 742 4242
Heritage Suite 5000+TAX 1060 6060
Heritage Royal Suite 7500+TAX 1590 9090
Zamin Suite 5000+TAX 1060 6060
Zamin Royal Suite 9000+TAX 1908 10908
Palace Suite 6000+TAX 1272 7272
Palace Luxury Suite 7500+TAX 1590 9090
Extra Bed 1000+TAX 202 1202

NOTE:
EXTRA BED RS 1000+21.2% TAX
2 CHILD BELOW THE AGE OF TH 10,WITHOUT EXTRA BED CAN BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE ROOM.
NEW YEAR EVE GOES WITH SUPPLEMENT CHARGE OF RS.1500/- PER PERSON

Foreign Nationals and Non-Resident Indians

               
ROOM TYPEROOM TYPE ROOM RENT & AMINITIES
Heritage Deluxe Room 5000.00  
Heritage Grand Suite 6500.00  
Heritage Royal Suite 7500.00
Royal suites in palace 6000.00
Zamin Suite 6500.00
Grand suites in Palace 7500.00
King suites in Palace 8500.00
Extra Bed (per person) 1200.00

1. Extra Person/Extra Bed charges 1000/-+tax 21.2%
2. Exclusive dance program – Rs 8000/-
3. Common dance program – Rs 5000/-
NOTE:
TAXES AS APPLICABLE (CURRENT YEAR 21.2%)    
LONG STAY FOR DOMESTIC AND OVERSEAS SPECIAL PRICE AVAILABLE    
NEW YEAR EVE GOES WITH SUPPLEMENT CHARGE OF RS.1500/- PER PERSON    
APPLICABLE FOR ALL THE RESORTS

HERITAGE VILLAS

ZAMIN BLOCK

PALACE BLOCK

HERITAGE VILLAS

The Suites in the Heritage Village are set amidst rural culture, tradition and lifestyle. These rooms radiate harmony and Tanjorean ethnicity. Some villas here are over 100 years old and are all at ground level. Most suites here are crafted on the erstwhile foundations of over 100 years with traditional material.

ZAMIN BLOCK

The Royal House of Sri Srinivasa Iyer and the Kumbakonam abode of The Great Saint Of Kancheepuram, Sankaracharya has been conserved to house The Zamin Block Suites. This 1896 Built Traditional Tanjorean House Is Perhaps One Of The Few To Survive In The Region. The Zamin Block houses some exquisite suites on the First Floor too.

PALACE BLOCK

This block has been etched out on an erstwhile Muslim Feeding Centre gifted by the then rulers to the local people during the times of famine in the last century and was connected to the dilapidated remains of the mosque In the property. The Palace block houses 24 super luxury Rooms befitting the lifestyle of the Royals.

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FOOD & DINING

FOOD & DINING

The Hotel contains 3 restaurants and many more dining spaces. We offer authentic South Indian vegetarian food. The Garden Glass House serves some very delicious non-vegetarian food. A Continental Menu also forms a part of our spread. The traditional Tamil Thali, special butler service, wedding food service, and thematic dinners make the best of the experiences. Most vegetables and fruits used for preparation of food are from the in-house garden, where eco-friendly techniques are employed. The milk for the hotel comes entirely from the in-house dairy. Owing to fresh and local produce, the food is of the highest quality. The restaurant also contains the clock, vessel and the lamp museum. It also houses the Queen’s Columbian Press that was once serving the Dutch Tarangambadi Fort. There are two air conditioned conference halls. One can accommodate upto 225 pax in theatre style. The other accommodates 40 pax.

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We take pride in our traditional and long lost recipes. We go one step further and search for the utensils that made them. A typical example among others is the STAND IDLY. A breakfast item that is like an idly but to the size of a soft dosa served with vada curry. We managed to restore a totally damaged vessel and took it beyond – finding a village tinsmith to work on aluminum and reproduce the utensil. Today hundreds of these vessels have been reproduced and have found their way into the homes of many of our earnest guests all over the country. In such a way, we aim at the revival of traditional techniques to enhance our lives.

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES

All activities and experiences and INDeco are experiences provided by local people. Initiatives and guest activities aim at building a society that not only conserves and appreciates but inspires a sustainable lifestyle.

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The Banks of River Cauvery were once the repository of music, art and culture. The carnatic music of India thrived here…literally in every village. This was second home to music stalwarts like the late Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M.S.Subbulakshmi, et all. Most of the performers have migrated from here to cities. INDeco engages several artists from this community to perform in the hotel. This helps in creating livelihoods and reviving cultural traditions of the village.

MUSEUMS & RESTORATIONS

MUSEUMS & RESTORATIONS

The conservation of the 1896 villa in the site made it one of the few surviving in its category and the hotel is a Museum in itself.  Preserving all traditional features of the village was predetermined. Typically an abandoned temple tank in the property was converted into a modern swimming pool. The past is certainly the business of the future, so conserve, preserve and care for the neighbourhood.  The restoration story of INDeco Swamimalai is well documented and presented to the guests.

In order to cover Tamil Nadu, in Southern India, “The Steve Borgia Indian Heritage Museum” has been establishing thematic museums since 1998, organizing travelling museum shows. These museums represent Tamil lifestyle, heritage and beliefs and practices. INDeco’s Museums are India’s only units credited by the American Association of Museums.

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A miraculous translocation of a worthy heritage monument,THE MINT PALACE, from Chennai to INDeco Hotels Swamimalai in Kumbakkonam. 42 lorries, 120 conservation student volunteers, 40 craft masons, 30 labour persons and about 35 days of labour did the job. A multitude of men, a couple of crores of rupees and a few persuasive minds doubled with tons of passion and pride has reincarnated the Mint Palace in the estates of INDeco at Swamimalai. Here is the story.

An oil wick lamp, placed on the roof of the officers’ mess, which was also the then Exchange Building (now the Fort Museum), served the vessels coming into the Madras port during the 17th and 18th century for the east India company. As technology improved, a new flashing light consisting of argand layers and reflectors were ordered from the Chance Brothers, Birmingham, UK. This was to be placed in the lighthouse tower being constructed in the present high court campus. Interestingly, even before all this, the East India Company officers were looking for a tall building along the shores of the then Madrasapattinam within their territory to embed a traditional wick lighthouse to guide their cargo carrying sailboats.

One of their suppliers and minter, by name Bhansi Lal Rai Bahadur, owned the interesting tall building near the black town. While the consideration to fix the wick lamp here was on, the British officers arrived to reject the idea of the company men and position the same within the officer’s mess along the shore.

The said house was, at that point, known as the Mint Palace, for the simple reason, the street led to the government mint. In 1742, the second mint of the Madras Presidency was established in Chindadaripet, which was shifted into Fort St. George in 1792, alongside the existing mint established in 1695. These mints were finally closed down in 1869 to make way for the Government Press. But Mint Street once known as Thangasalai remains until this day housing several gold and silver dealers.

Even though the idea of positioning the wick lamp on top of the mint palace failed, the provisions created on the roof for this lighthouse was left behind and not removed. The good relationship between the East India Company and the owner of the house resulted in giving him the title of Rai Bahadur. The last owner was known a Bhansi Lal Abheerseth Bahadur.

Sadly, this beautiful building was razed to the ground in 2010 to make way for sale of the land and erection of another multi-storey complex; a real-estate compulsion. Another story of how beauty dies to bucks. INDeco has acquired all the pieces of this beautiful building with the deep desire to erect it at a suitable location where it would live forever. Interestingly, unlike many other buildings in Chettinad, every pillar, jali frames and woodwork has been singularly edged in Rajasthan and transported to Chennai for this unique creation. No two columns are of the same dimensions.

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