We stayed two nights at Olappamana Mana. If you want to experience a very important part of Indian culture, this place is a must. The family taught us about the Brahmin Priest class and the lands they occupied for several hundred years. We stayed in a building over 250 years old. It was comfortable and had a haunting view of the temple from our bedroom's second story veranda. We were able to attend a Kalam Ezhuthi Pattu, in which a picture of the Goddess Kali is drawn. The drawing ceremony was one of the most memorable experiences in our many years of traveling. The food was delicious, including awesome fresh juice with every breakfast. We started learning to eat Kerala-style with our hands. We had a driver and guide with us and we very much appreciated the kindnesses extended to them by the family. A morning tour included a visit to a compound where elephants were very well cared for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olappamanna Mana is a 300year old home. It has unique architectureIt contributed to the development of the most popular form of Kathakali. It also gave birth to a lot of literary people, vedic scholars and snaskrit scholars.Finally it is a well known Cultural Center in Kerala ... more less