We had a two-night stay at Visalam during a trip through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Delighted with every aspect of the hotel. We were a bit taken aback when the gates swung open in this ramshackle town, but immediately Ramu offered us a warm welcome, and we were shown to our cool, elegant rooms. The sense of history pervades the whole hotel, from the poignant story of it s foundation to the details of furniture and decoration, to the 1930's radio playing softly as we went to dinner, and then the distant lights of a train moving across the horizon into the darkness of the south. Next day Ramu took us on a tour of some of the historic Chettinad houses, and then to lunch and antique shopping in a nearby town. Returning, we found the hotel shop, which had an excellent selection, and then had to hurry to fit in all the other pleasures - a cooking class with Siva, a swim in the delightful pool, and another dinner prepared and explained by marvellous chef Ashwin. We were sorry to leave and heartily recommend the hotel to other travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visalam ( A CGH Earth Experience) is where you would want to go to experience a unique Tamil culture. Located in Kanadukathan village in chettinad, Visalam has many a stories to tell of the heritage, culture, food and people of this interesting tamil community, the chettiars. Stay at Visalam for that journey back in time and for that warm tamil hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Visalam Hotel Kanadukathan