KOCHI: Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom has become synonymous with backwater cruises and homestay across the world. It is less likely for any visitors to miss Kodianthara Heritage Farm House, an approved heritage building by department of Kerala Tourism, that is located in the heart of Kumarakam.
The history of Kodianthara dates back to 1852 when a magnificent house was built which was to become the Tharavadu or ancestral home for the Kodianthara family under the supervision of Uthup Ittiyavirah. Since then the property has been passed down over five generations to the present occupant - Crispin Kodianthara.
With his immense experience in the hospitality industry, Crispin renders his ancestral home for homestay while retaining its ancient glory. “I have great love and regard for this Tharavadu. It reminds me of a history still alive and so I make sure to maintain it in its impeccable condition,” said Crispin.
This beautiful palatial house constructed with tiled roof wooden ceiling, cravings, teak wood doors and windows provides the guests with an authentic experience of ancient architecture of Kerala. The Nadumuttom, an open courtyard in the centre of the house, and the diverse ancient furniture in the house are worth seeing. The well-furnished rooms with modern amenities compete with the ancient look of the rooms maintain their uniqueness without contradicting each other. Besides the building, what attracts many tourists to this abode is its serene ambience. Set in a sprawling two acres of lush greenery with fish ponds, narrow meandering canals, ayurvedic and vegetable gardens, rubber plantations and coconut groves, Kodianthara offers the ultimate homily experience.
“The house is extremely exotic and attractive. One can sit in the central atrium and contemplate life or sit on the veranda or on their tiny island and while away a day with a book. The building evokes the taste of a rich tradition and aesthetics of ancient architecture,” said Tom and Linda from Sydney who holiday there.
Kodianthara is indeed an apt location to witness an ear gone before you