Mantra Koodam is located in a forest between two rivers. CGH Earth hotels recently took it over and already the good taste (their designers should win awards) and efficiency is evident. It's like a peaceful leafy little village of cottages around broad walks and canals (empty for now). Each building is spotless - the gardens in September are blooming and well-maintained. Their pool may be one of the most beautiful I've seen in India (though very warm these days because of September heat). My cottage bedroom was mostly simple white, cool, furnished simply - no excessive decoration (other than the intricately carved antique doors. The bathroom includes a waterfall shower under open sky. Don't worry about creatures getting in! It's a rare joy to stand under cool water coming from a stone trough and listening to a distant peacock calling.
The restaurant is good - breakfasts, especially. Staff were talkative and friendly - the masseuse here does a head and shoulders massage you shouldn't miss.
From here you can travel to several important sites- chief among them is the great temple complex of Tanjore (or Thanjavur).
If you are looking for a peaceful retreat in Tamil Nadu - this is it.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking