Svatma is a hotel with a difference in that it really aims to immerse its guests into Tamil culture. Literally translating as ‘one’s own soul’, Svatma has raised the bar in the magical, architecturally and historically glorious city of Tanjore, which is often by passed by tourists due to a dearth of good hotels. The spiritual, Tamil owners are experts in classical Indian dance, have an in depth knowledge and passion for architecture and the classical arts and this shines through in the way they have restored and designed their hotel. A stay at Svatma will take guests on a rich, cultural and culinary journey, aiming to reveal the hidden secrets of this extraordinary city, along with educating them on the arts and crafts of the area – all the while, immersed in comfort and peace. It will be like a voyage of discovery for those who are game and one may choose from various ‘themed’ stays; or simply pass through and use it as a brilliant base for see the wonders of Tanjore. The themes will concentrate on the cuisine, dance, temples, weaving, chanting, classical music or bronze casting and it’s a uniquely different and intriguing idea. Guests will leave feeling enriched and fulfilled and just a little bit wiser on a fascinating aspect of Tamil history.
Part heritage hotel (the main 100 year old former family residence has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to its former glory) and part newbuild in the style of the original building, the 38 rooms and suites are all unique and are influenced heavily by Tamilian building styles and materials. This comprises fresh, cream washed walls with much use of stunningly polished floor boards, wooden pillars and beams – all of which give it a warm glow. 7 rooms and suites with verandahs are in the main heritage building, the rest being housed in a new building next door. Each room is a really good size and has an ensuite, state of the art but traditionally furnished, shower room.
Along with its aim to impart spiritual strength, the beautiful Ayurvedic spa will aim to revive, re-connect and restore so that you come away relaxed and at peace but enlivened and raring to go. Svatma is tucked away on a quiet lane, opposite a church, in the middle of Tanjore. A stroll out from here is a wonderful experience, as you plunge into the bustling streets of the city. The spacious, well landscaped grounds provide a lovely sanctuary to return to, with little to disturb you except the noise of birds and the chiming of the church bells.
The hotel serves alcohol. It does not serve meat - delicious Tamilian vegetarian cuisine only.
This is a fascinating hotel with a solid foundation of spiritual classicism, connecting seamlessly with Tamil culture, literature, art and architecture, but with all the modern comfort and style one could wish for!
Several charitable Trusts founded by the family are focussed on presenting the classical Indian performing arts to contemporary audience enhanced by dynamism . They support several Vedic schools, temples, artists , educate and provide healthcare for the under privileged.
For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,or the hotel direct.
A visit to the extraordinary temples in this world heritage site city or experience one of their unique and enriching classes, for which they will surely become well known!
By air to Trichy followed by a 1 hour road journey.
By train to Tanjore.
By road from Karaikudi (Chettinad), Trichy, Madurai, Rajakkad and Pondicherry).