Location: Mattakkara, Kottayam
Punarnava is located at Mattakara, on the main road which leads to Kottayam town (22kms). Pala (18 kms away) is another town close by.
Mattakara is a peaceful and beautiful village in the outskirts of Kottayam town, with hillocks, small waterbodies, coconut trees, banana plantations, nutmeg, tapioca, and arecanut trees. It is also surrounded by many ancient and traditional temples and churches adding spiritual vibrance to the place. River Pannagam nourishes the greenery of the village and is just 100metres away from our homestay.The nearest railway station is Kottayam and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is a 2½ hour drive from our homestay.
The Punarnavasurroundings comprises mango, jackfruit and nutmeg trees. There is anorganic vegetable garden in the premises. Our homestay is in the traditional Kerala style of architecture.It has two bedrooms, wheelchair-friendly access,a spacious drawing room and a traditional-style swimming pool. We use nature friendly Mahalakshmi natural products for day-to-day use including toiletries.
Our kitchen predominantly offers traditional and vegetarian South Indian and Kerala food. The dining is modeled in the traditional way - handmade mats for floor seating, offering food on plantain leaves and other aspects. For senior citizens and others who are not able to sit on the floor, we havesuitable arrangements for their dining.
CLAY-Aranyakam, spread across 2 acres of lush green land, is a core project of the CLAY team to nourish Mother Nature, through coexistence with its myriad and colorful forms and making our planet a better place to live!
At CLAY-Aranyakam we have the beautiful Mahalakshmi Goshala, animal huts for dogs, horses,hens and geese. We offer unique experiences of animal rearing, organic farming, nature walks and horse rides for our guests.
Experiencing Culture & Traditions of Kerala.
Punarnava provides exciting experiences in cultural aspects unique to Kerala
• Kerala traditional mural art and drawing
• Self-defense techniques from KalariPayattu – the first martial arts form in the world
• Preparing Kerala Sadya – the grand feast of food
Introductory classes on Bhagavad Gita and Advaita Vedanta
Relaxing the mind is the most important part of a vacation. Reconnecting to our spiritual roots helps in quietening the mind and making our lives meaningful. We partner with the nearby centre of Chinmaya Mission to offer you a short session on“The Message of the Bhagavad Gita”
We offer yoga sessions to help the body loosen up and freshen the mind.
Temple Darshan Trips.
Matrumala–8 kms from Punarnava
Matrumala is a hilltop that offers stunning views.This place is known for the Raja Rajeshwari Temple, also known as DakshinaKudachadri, and is considered one among the 108 important shrines of Kerala. The temple is believed to have been built by Parasurama who installed idols of the sevenDevis (Saptamathas) here.
Nalambalam – Circuit of 4 temples- 40 kms from Punarnava
Nalambalam is a set of four temples in Kerala. In Malayalam, Nalu means "four" and Ambalam means "temple". These temples arededicated to Rama and his brothers.
The four temples of central Kerala are centred round Ramapuram, within a distance of three kilometres. They are RamapuramSree Ramaswamy Temple, KoodappulamSreeLakshmanaswamy Temple, AmanakaraSreeBharathaswamy Temple and MethiriSreeShatrughnaswamy Temple.
Trip to famous Siva Temples – Ettumanoor and Kadapttoor – in the vicinity of 20 Kms
Kadappattoor is a small beautiful village situated on the banks of the Meenachil River andKadappattoor Mahadeva Temple is the important landmark of this village. The main speciality of this temple is the idol of Lord Shiva. The stone idol of Lord Shiva is noteworthy and is unique. This is the only Shiva temple in Kerala where Lord Shiva is worshipped in a Swaroopa Vigraha (idol). In all other Shiva temples Lord is worshipped in Linga form.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is one among the 108 important Shiva temples in Kerala, located at the southern tip of India. It is renowned for its mural art. The paintings of Lord Nataraja (God of Dance) on the gopuram (temple tower) is one of the main attractions here. As per legend, the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The present temple building, with its gopuram and the fortress around it, was reconstructed in 717 ME (1542 AD).
There are lot many small and big temples and churches in the nearby vicinity and we can arrange trips to those as well, based on your preferences.