The shift pained the Rajah, more so, because it also meant being away from the Guruvayur Temple in his old kingdom. A fervent devotee of Lord Krishna, he vowed to build a similar one in his territory. And to be close to the diety, in the quiet, peaceful hamlet of Cherranelloor, he built a tiny palace, just for himself.
Even today, the modest tiled roofs and clean lines of Chittoor Kottaram reflect it’s raison d’être - devotion and simplicity, rather than regal pomp.
Chittoor can accommodate a mere six people. You need to enter barefoot (and stay that way). And the menu features a choice of precisely one. Yet if you’re open-minded enough to consider luxury as a feeling rather than a shiny object, you may be in for an experience. Of a kind you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else.
© CGH EARTH