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Heritage Homestay @ Nazarani Tharavad

Cottage - Palai, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Starts from 16750 For 2 Pax
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Nazarani Tharavad (Christian Ancestral Home) is the ancestral home of the Kottukapally family located at Pala, near Kottayam, Kerala. It is a heritage property which has been built, expanded and restored in Kerala, Dutch and Spanish architectural styles over period of 250 years.

The home offers 2 comfortable double rooms with attached baths and all meals with an exotic range of cuisine. The air-conditioned suites are well fabricated with period and antique furniture, internet and an extensive library with books as old as 200 years old.

A very good holiday stay option for everyone who wants to get in touch with the roots of Kerala and its surroundings and go home rich with the traditional reminiscences and lifelong bonding.

  • Property TypeCottage
  • CategoryLeisure
  • Total Rooms2
  • Capacity4
  • Country
  • State
  • City


  • Christian Ancestral Home
  • Kerala, Dutch and Spanish Styles
  • Extensive Heritage Library
  • Learn Traditional Cooking
  • Spa & Wellness


  • 7 course sit down dinner reminiscent of colonial era
  • Traditional Nazarani lunch on banana leaf with continental vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes
  • Variegated menu to chose from (Shepherd's pie, chicken roast, fish pie, meat loaf, Irish stew, traditional custard pudding are just a few of the dishes of the bygone era that you can relish)
  • Bed tea/coffee served in room


  • Bed tea/coffee served in room
  • Air-conditioned vehicles arranged on request
  • English speaking guide
  • Extensive library with books as old as 200 years old
  • Spa & Wellness


In House Activities:

  • Browse through the extensive family library with books dating back 200 years and centuries old Palm Leaf documents
  • Experience millennium-old style of living, observe the collection of cooking and other utensils - the enormous bell-metal 'varpu' that cooks food for 300 people, needs 4 strong men to lift and still in use for family functions, the variegated assembly of brass oil lamps and boxes and the unforgettable parade of 'kindis' - the ancient predecessor to the washbasin faucet
  • Walk through the ancient Tharavad (traditional house) and observe the intricacies of the Kerala architecture. Enjoy your reading in the Reading Room of the traditional house
  • Learn traditional Kerala cookery through detailed demonstration
  • Relax in the silence of the lush green Mogul Courtyard. Watch and listen to a wide variety of birds as they frolic and chirp even at noon
  • Fish in the Pond behind the house using the traditional fishing rod - choonda
  • Enjoy the company of the family and learn more about Kerala tradition and history and enjoy a barbeque in the evening with them
  • Relax through specially arranged Ayurvedic Massage after consultation with an expert
  • Cooking Demonstration
Outdoor Activities:
  • Visit the local artisans - the traditional kavani (cloth) weaver, bell-metal worker and potter
  • Visit the Vanilla Farm of the host
  • Visit the Teekoy Rubber Estate and watch the tapping of rubber and processing of latex
  • Trek to Marmala Water Falls in the estate
  • Walk the hanging bridge built by the British, still in use
  • Visit the Tea Factory and observe the production of tea and buy the brand of tea manufactured by the Factory
  • Visit Poonjar Palace
  • Visit millennium-old churches and temples in and around Pala
  • Enjoy the sunset boat cruise in the Kumarakom backwaters
  • Trek at Kayyoor, Ayyampara, Illickal Kallu, Illavizhapoonchira, Kurisumala and Vagamon
  • Take a day-trip to Thekkady and watch the wildlife
  • Go on a day's trip to Munnar - savour the high altitude tea, observe the 'Nilgiri Tahr', an endangered species
  • Set off to Vagamon to enjoy the beauty of nature and meditate at Kurisumala Ashram
  • Travel on a day-trip to Cochin to worship at the oldest Jewish Synagogue in Asia and the St. Francis Church (were Vasco da Gama was buried) and other Portuguese churches
  • Visit the testimonials of Kerala's rich Christian past
  • Visit the cutting edge of India's Christian future


Getting to Nazarani Tharavad
Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery - 75 Kms from Pala
Route: Nedumbassery - Kalady - Perumbavoor - Muvattupuzha - Thodupuzha - Pala or
Nedumbassery - Kalady - Perumbavoor - Muvattupuzha - Koothattukulam - Pala or
Nedumbassery - Aluva - Kalamassery - Thripunithra - Ettumanoor - Pala
Nearest Raiway Station: Kottayam - 27 Kms from Pala
Route: Kottayam - Ettumanoor - Pala
Road - Frequent Buses from everywhere.
Routes: From Kochi - Ernakulam - Thripunithara - Ettumanoor - Pala

  • From Thiruvanathapuram - Kottarakara - Kottayam - Ettumanoor - Pala
  • From Thiruvanathapuram - Varkala- Kollam - Alleppey - Chenganacherry - Kottayam - Ettumanoor - Pala
  • From Alleppey - Chenganacherry - Kottayam - Ettumanoor - Pala
  • From Kumarakom - Kottayam - Ettumanoor - Pala
  • From Thekkady - Mundakayam - Kanjirapally - Ponkunnam - Pala
  • From Vagamon - Teekoy - Erattupetta - Pala
  • From Munnar - Neriamangalam - Oonnukal- Thodupuzha - Pala

-At Pala Town ask for Kottukapally Tharavad as Nazarani Tharavad is locally called Kottukapally Nazarani -Tharavad is situated in the heart of Pala Town next to the Chapel Tower of St. Mary (called Kurisupally)
-The Chapel Tower is built wholly of grey granite and is crowned by a statue of Jesus Christ

Famous destination distances from Pala:

  • Ilaveezhapoonchira 25 Km: Specially for trekkers
  • Kannadipara 25 km
  • Kayyoor 10 km : Green Hills and Shabarimala temple
  • Bharananganam 5 km : Ancient center of Christianity
  • Mankallu Mudikal and Illickal Mala and Illickal Kallu 25 km : Flat hilltop
  • Ayyamppara 25 km : Cave of mythological importance
  • Kurisumala 40 km
  • Poonjar Palace 20 km : Magnificent display of the royal opulence of a bygone era like jewellery box, variety of lamps, weapons, chandeliers, etc

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Heritage Suite
(Total Units : 2)Inclusion(s) :  All Meals (AP Plan) 
Per night for 2 Adults: 2
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The air-conditioned suites are well fabricated with period and antique furniture. Rooms with attached baths and all meals with an exotic range of cuisine.

    Room Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • All Meals (AP Plan)
  • 24 Hrs Hot & Cold Water
  • Refrigerator / Minibar
  • Electric Kettle In Room
  • In-room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Attached Bathroom
  • Room Service

    General Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Family / Kid Friendly
  • Laundry Service
  • Doctor On Call

    Rooms (All Rooms Include)

  • Air Conditioning
  • All Meals (AP Plan)
  • 24 Hrs Hot & Cold Water
  • Refrigerator / Minibar
  • Electric Kettle In Room
  • In-room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Attached Bathroom
  • Room Service

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