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The main building of Svatma was built a century and half years ago as the colonnaded colonial-style home of a British trader

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September 28, 2016: Tamil Nadu is known for its cultural attractions and most famously the three Unesco-inscribed Great Living Chola Temples. Of these three temples, Brihadeeswarar in the state’s ancient capital Thanjavur – is the one which is not to be missed. Apart from that, there is Thanjavur Royal Palace, and the collection of Chola bronzes it holds, not to mention the nearby Chittanavasai Cave, famous for its murals, and the nearby towns of Thiruvaiyaru and Kumbakonam, with their brightly painted temples.

Apart from that, there is Thanjavur Royal Palace, and the collection of Chola bronzes it holds, not to mention the nearby Chittanavasai Cave, famous for its murals, and the nearby towns of Thiruvaiyaru and Kumbakonam, with their brightly painted temples.

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An Indian architect and designer Krithika Subrahmanian explain Tamil Nadu as a state-off the tourist route. In spite of the cultural attractions and the famous temples the tourists drive away because of the lack of luxurious stay places people would stay only for a night, mentioned Telegraph.

According to the reports, to overcome this and let the tourist live the cultural feel of the place Krithika came up with the idea of setting up a hotel one with a spa, three restaurants, and the usual attributes but also one which mirrored her background and training. Krithika was not only an architect but also a Bharatnatyam dance, which is a classical dance which has its origin in the Hindu temples of the place. All these factors summed up and resulted in ‘SVATMA.’

The main building of Svatma was built a century and half years ago as the colonnaded colonial-style home of a British trader. The building has been empty for the past 75 years. When Krithika and her architect Sumantha visited this place, it was treacherous and was stocked with antiques. This place now houses the hotel’s seven heritage suites. A further 27 rooms, with a slightly more contemporary style, can be found in the adjoining new wing, said the leading news portal.

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Swimming Pool at Svatma
Swimming Pool at Svatma

Places where they could not find sources in the building they made a swimming pool, the bar, for instance, is sited under a traditional porch recovered from a 220-year-old house in the neighbouring region of Chettinad.

They have also created galleries showcasing different aspects of Tamil art and culture. One area accommodates Chola bronzes, another veena and another sitar. The hotel has consequent programs of  recitals both Indian classical music and dance.

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With the emergence of modern day lifestyle the culture and traditions of India are fading out. Svatma having been opened one will get the feel of the lost culture and traditions of Tamil Nadu,Vedic chanting and Tamil Naidu’s vegetarian cuisine.

Svatma is a five-hour drive from Chennai International Airport (to which British Airways flies direct) or an hour from Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) Airport, which has connections to Delhi and Mumbai. Rooms from 16,000 rupees/£170.

-Prepared by Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of Newsgram. Twitter: @enakshirc58

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  • Antara

    Great initiative to promote Tamil tourism!

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

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Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

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Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS