Olappamanna Mana , one of the centuries old feudal Namboothiri (Kerala Brahamin) Illam (house) , have a glittering cultural heritage in the field of Kathakali (classical dance form) , Carnatic Music, Melam and Thayampaka (classical percussions) , Literature and Rig Veda.
Kerala's splendor in varied forms of fine arts is an internationally acclaimed one. No adjective is enough to describe the contributions made by the then Feudal Namboothiris.
Olappamanna Mana is located at Vellinezhi, a small village, surrounded by unpolluted river Kunthi on northern and western sides and is literarily famous as Thourathrika Gramam (village with the perfect blending of music, rhythm and dance).
From Cochin , via Trichur and Shoranur, you can reachCherpalcherry . - 120km from Cochin/ 90 km from Nedumbassery Air port
property: Certain portions of the main building of the Mana Complex (House Complex) are older than 300 years. Truly speaking the Mana Complex cannot be called a home, it is rather an institution with many people staying there, in addition to the owners, with specific duties for each one. There were arrangements for food and stay for students and teachers and to study Kathakali, Music, Vedas and Sanskrit in the Mana.
Even though the members of family may be around six to seven people, there were more than fifty to sixty people taking food from Mana every day belonging to servants, staff, poor people and guests. Every day more than 50 Kg of rice was served and on special days it may go beyond 100 Kgs.
Three sub buildings known as Pathayapuras surround the building. Even the sub buildings are too large and can accommodate a large number of people.
accommodation: Two double rooms with all necessary facilities for Foreign Tourists are now available. This will be increased to Three/ four shortly.
The rooms are furnished, have European closets and bathrooms, fans (no a/c), emergency lights and thermo flasks. Kerala special vegetarian food made at home with all neatness only will be served. Filtered and boiled water/ packed mineral water/ tender coconut water can be served. Basically no mosquito here, but net/repellent can be provided if asked for. Personal attention to each tourist will be provided. The cost varies from $100/- to $150/- per day inclusive of home made
Veg. Food and accommodation, on twin sharing basis. For single occupants a reasonable discount can be considered.
Entertainments like KalamEzhuthi Pattu (picture of Goddess Kali is drawn by hand, using natural colors and certain rituals are performed), Kathkali, Thayampaka.
Charge Free Entertainments
food: Pure Vegetarian Home made Kerala Style food. No non –vegetarian stuff, alcohol or any intoxicating drinks. Fresh fruits and vegetables . Water supplied will be filtered, boiled and cooled or mineral water. Usually stainless steel utensils washed and dipped in boiled water and fresh banana leaves are used for serving food.
other guests say: "What
a fascinating place! Step back in time at this heritage masterpiece. The
puja was a moving experience and the art work on the powder drawn Kali
extraordinary. Ms+ Mr. Damodaran have treated me like a daughter-thank
you. The food has been delicious and this has been a special, memorable
stay." Laura Kinch, Editor: Special Places to Stay: India (26th
contact details: please contact the owners for further details
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