To stay at Mangala Rural Retreat is to be ensconced in a culture in which antiquity and the contemporary are both alive. It is especially ideal for curios travellers, long-stay workshops and residency programmes for dancers, writers, artists, historians and others seeking immersive creative engagements. It is equally perfect for families seeking to explore their heritage and those who are on pilgrimage routes. The setting provides you with a tranquil, welcoming experience that's very different from hospitality on the temple circuit.

The home with a thinnai (verandah) and inner courtyards is typical of the vernacular architecture of the region. It had been abandoned for a long time and had run to utter neglect. With the help of conservation architect Benny Kuriakose, the design inputs of Shanta Guhan and the skill of the local workforce the home was restored over a period of two years.