For a soul-enriching experience of Tamil Nadu
Older than the Himalayan mountains, the Western Ghats with over 27% of India’s flowering plants and an array of endemic wildlife represent a unique and diverse biophysical ecology as it runs parallel along the Western coasts of the Indian peninsular, contiguous in its forests, national parks and habitat. While most of these Ghats cover the state of Kerala and Karnataka there are some noteworthy spurts that fall into Tamil Nadu. Tourism into Tamil Nadu typically is culture oriented and moves along the temple circuit while affording and promoting the neighbouring state of Kerala with the experiences that revolve around wellness, birding and hills. But every now and then (more often than you imagine) at RARE, we stumble upon experiences that breakaway from the usual and offer more than the expected; giving you opportunity to discover more than the typical.
A mere 60 minutes drive out of Coimbatore city towards Perumal Kovil Pathy takes you past a developing rural belt that is spotted with small shops, temples and local tea stalls and yet what strikes you is the clean fresh air, the clouds that hang like chandeliers around the hills and verdant greenery that only promises to get thicker and richer as you close in toward your destination.
A short driving distance from Isha Yoga Center and Dhyanalinga, Dvara Siruvani sits way past a local town, at the foothills of the dense Western Ghats, by the edge of a reservoir, a stone’s throw away from the Siruvani waterfalls that is popularly regarded as being possibly the sweetest tasting water in the world.
You are only still acclimatising, with the vibrant colours and fresh air when the surprisingly quick drive brings you to the unassuming entrance doorway to Dvara Siruvani, a doorway beyond which nests what we refer to as the perfect oasis: an intimate set up of a restaurant, library, open green areas, a kitchen garden, spa and 10 individual cottages dotted along the calm, blue rainwater harvested reservoir with green hills as backdrop.
Soulful experiences lie at the heart of Dvara Siruvani – whether it’s the nature walks, cycling, playing traditional board games or signing up for culinary classes.
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Your first interaction with the staff is at the stand alone reception and this sets the tone of your stay, where you quickly come to realise that the pleasure you receive from the magnificent views from the property are equally matched by the team’s service and the attention to detail that has...
Your first interaction with the staff is at the stand alone reception and this sets the tone of your stay, where you quickly come to realise that the pleasure you receive from the magnificent views from the property are equally matched by the team’s service and the attention to detail that has doubtless gone into establishing and managing the property.
One of the key themes of the property is the seamless integration of traditional with contemporary - sprinklings of local elements are on view throughout the property, from each door that is unique in style and story, to traditional murals, art, antiquity, artefacts, furniture, traditional Madras tiles each animating stories of the rich Tamil culture, heritage and history.
The central garden is the main access route and in some manner can be regarded as the element that holds the property together. Pathways lead you to your private, tucked-away cottages, as well as the common areas that have been thoughtfully located in a cluster, at the end of the property. The spa, the kitchen garden and a dinner gazebo that can accommodate a few dozen guests are set away from the property for the sake of privacy.
There are 10 thoughtfully curated cottages – 7 overlooking the mountains and 3 overlooking the gardens, artfully decorated, with vignettes of Tamil Nadu assembled seamlessly. Inner courtyards with swings, cosy sundecks, and in the case of the mountain cottages, a portico attached to the pool. Urban luxuries meet subtle aesthetics and unique artefacts and heirloom furniture. The rooms are perfect pods to unwind after a day of sightseeing, with comfy corners tucked away to read a book or just relax. The small plunge pool along the mountain view cottages are ideal to dip your feet in and relax those weary feet.
Aarogyam, the in-house restaurant serves traditional local fare along with a choice of continental cuisine. The resident chef is always available at meal times to offer personal recommendations or create a dish entirely as per specification. The authentic Chettinad cuisine is on everyone’s list when they visit – and the thaali does not disappoint.
There is plenty to keep you occupied at Dvara. If in pursuit of avian beings, a lovely serene trail leads you to the base of Western Ghats where you are sure to encounter the likes of the Paddy-Field Pipit, Indian Silverbill, Malabar Parakeet, Red Whiskered Bulbul, Vernal Hanging Parrot and more.
Sign up for a few meditation and mindful programs or a short visit at the Isha Ashram which is only a short driving distance from the property. Visit the Perumal temple, close by. The soothing vibe of the temple is ideal to start your day and get a glimpse of the much celebrated deity in Tamil Nadu.
The in-house spa sessions complete a do-nothing vibe to a day when you are in the mood for complete relaxation.
Cycles are available in the property for a spin around the village area. You can also walk around on the nature trails picked by the property to familiarise yourself with the local fauna.
Schedule a culinary workshop, with the in-house chef. Food is an intrinsic part of a travel experience, and there is no better souvenir to take home, other than the local recipes so you can time travel back to Dvara anytime.
Enjoy outdoor and indoor sports like volleyball, cricket and traditional board games in the recreation centre called Anandham.
Dvara Siruvani is a great for a glimpse into the local Tamil Nadu life, away from the bustle of big towns. The access to the Isha Yoga Ashram and the slow-paced promise for a holiday are reasons to book this. The property is ideal for families, with plenty to do for elders and kids.
Dvara Siruvani is open all year.
The team comprising mostly of locals (expect the specialised team responsible for the spa treatments) are an enthusiastic group, well trained and happy to show you around, engage with you regarding the selection of activities that you choose from, respond to your every question - be it on cuisines, about the locals and of course, the parent group's ideology and philosophy. The hotel prides itself in its eco-friendly and sustainable approach. Guests are provided with a reusable drinking water bottle and the rooms are devoid of plastic. All bathroom amenities are stored in permanent jars or offered in corn-starch biodegradable packaging. The hotel also offers access to safe drinking water to the locals while constantly maintaining and managing the water requirements for the locals from the reservoir during the summer months.
Preserving heritage in the form of décor and design inspiration for the property makes Dvara Siruvani a delightful property for those who are seeking an authentic glimpse of Tamil Nadu. A focus on local cuisine, locally sourced ingredients and gentle hospitality make it an ideal pick for those who are looking for a low-key responsible holiday.
by AnuraagR10 on 07/18/2022
We stayed as part of reunion. The rooms are pretty good and well taken care of. The property is green and maintained in detail. The food was good and the whole team including security person is...
by ABNazr on 07/18/2022
We had an excellent experience overall with friendly staff and willing to make the stay memorable. Great food with excellent mix of food choices. Rooms have a mountain view with a relaxing patio...
by SindhuTravel28 on 07/18/2022
Wonderful resort with scenic views, friendly staffs, well maintained rooms - mountain facing and pool…Big thanks to Vinod and Chef for helping customise breakfast, lunch and dinner…Food was amazing...