Sunday, June 03, 2012

Swamimalai, an offbeat destination

If you are looking for a place to visit - an offbeat destination - consider Swamimalai. The Indeco resort here is a really cool one. The resort has an olden day feel to it - created as it is from an abandoned village. The houses are painted in the old colour scheme (indeed, you can see similar schemes outside it), there are many old equipments and furniture for the resort visitors to browse through. The swimming pool looks like a temple tank and overall, it is a nice place to relax. Food is great too. All of this makes for a quaint resort - very different from the cement and concrete monstrosities that pass off as resorts.

And around Kumbakonam - which is perhaps the epicenter of temple country in India - there are a million temples to see - each grander than the other. Each of these temples has its own quaint story and it is amazing to see how these temples bind one part of India to another by these stories.

Plus Swamimalai also happens to the epicentre of the bronze statue making art and there are numerous workshops that sell these statues. Beautiful, hand crafted and exceptionally detail oriented, they are a collectors dream come true. All in all, quite an offbeat destination, but if heritage is your thing, this is one of those must visit places.

And if you need a cab while you are there,do ask for Sriram of Gopalan travels...

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