Relish A Traditional Meal in Real Royal Grandeur at Padmavilasom Palace
Thiruvananthapuram: A palatial building sporting a blend of Victorian-Travancore style architecture on the side of Enchakkal – West Fort Road, reflecting the capital city’s royal grandeur, hardly goes unnoticed by any traveller along this route. With age-old trees like mahogany and Cassia fistula (Kanikkonna) greeting you at the entrance of the building with the traditional ‘mukhappu’, Padmavilasom Palace offers its customers a vintage culinary experience. This 150-year-old building, which was earlier known as ‘Vadasseri Ammaveedu’, now serves traditional breakfast and lunch to tourists visiting Thiruvananthapuram.
‘Vadasseri Ammaveedu’, a 150-year-old building in Thiruvananthapuram, has received a makeover as a restaurant, Padmavilasom Palace
“I inherited this property from my mother’s side. As it was in disuse for many years, I was considering many options to make this place alive. As I love cooking and also the concept of ‘annadanam’, we came up with the idea to open a restaurant,” says Archana Mohan, the owner. She finally launched Padmavilasom Palace in March this year. Along with the restaurant, the Palace has two royal suites on the first floor of the building each comprising a hall, bedroom, bathroom, dressing area, study and balcony.
While converting the property, no alteration was done to the original structure, which was once owned by the Travancore royal family and used to perform rituals during the annual ‘arattu’ procession from Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Even the furniture resembles those of the vintage era. Customers can buy the same furniture, which will be replaced. The bathrooms, however, have been renovated to meet modern standards.
People, on prior booking, can enjoy their breakfast and lunch at the dining area near the ‘naalukettu’ and a mini traditional pond. The ‘thali’ breakfast consists of a combo including ‘dosa’, ‘puttu’, ‘pongal’ and ‘poori.’ Lunch will be offered in the traditional Kerala ‘sadya’ model with three ‘payasams.’ Another attraction of the Palace is that ‘prasadam’ from the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple will also be served along with the lunch. Walk-in customers are also entertained as long as food is available. Breakfast is priced at Rs. 250 per person and lunch Rs. 350. The Palace also offers a personalised walk for customers in the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Dhotis and saris for visiting the temple will be provided.
“Our target customers are the devotees visiting the temple from across the country. However, interestingly, we also receive several foodies from the city, belonging to all religions,” says Archana. Guests checking in for over two days will be able to use an in-house ayurvedic spa. “There have been enquiries for celebrating birthday parties in the hall and a few have been hosted. But we always ensure that the homely atmosphere is not lost,” adds Archana.
Malayalam film director Deepu Karunakaran, Archana’s spouse, is also actively involved in the venture.
For bookings, contact: +91 80860 80286.