Thanjavur, India


Rates from (ex tax)$112.16

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR8,748.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Committed to culture


Teeming with temples

In temple-dotted city Thanjavur, Svatma boutique hotel is itself a shrine to Tamil culture. Housed in a fully restored colonial home, the eco-friendly stay has galleries dedicated to painting and music, books by local authors, and bronze chola sculptures (Gods and Goddesses in elegant repose) displayed throughout. Rooms continue this lived-in history lesson, drawing together both antiques and contemporary works of art. Let your tastebuds travel through the hotel’s three restaurants, each serving regional specialties made with organic ingredients. Or escape to the tranquil pool for a more literal immersion in this golden South Indian city.

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Need to know


34, including 12 suites.


10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.


Double rooms from $112.16 (INR7,200), excluding tax at 21.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR8,748.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a generous breakfast buffet.


The on-site boutique, Sri, has a beautifully curated selection of local art, antiques and eco-friendly bits and bobs to take home.

At the hotel

Gardens, spa, parking, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, minibar, Soul Tree bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms on higher floors are the lightest and brightest. On a lower level, the spacious Swappanam Suite has a terrace facing a 200-year-old tree in the serene hotel garden, and there's a skylight above the king-size, four-poster bed, for sunny wake-up calls.


The walled-in, indoor-outdoor pool is for adults only. Day-beds are propped up over the water in the shallow end, so guests can simply roll over to take a refreshing dip.


Sowkyam Spa has three treatment rooms, including one for couples. Incorporating Siddha products, the treatment menu has decadent massages and aromatherapy treatments traditional to the region.

Packing tips

Bring art supplies: a setting with an Indiana Jones movie's worth of artefacts is rife with inspiration.


Arogyam, the house yoga centre, has a range of classes and guided-meditation sessions for yogis of all experience levels.


All ages are welcome, but the art-focused scene is best suited to adults. For those who bring children, the hotel has highchairs, and games to entertain.


The hotel was awarded gold status from the Indian Green Building Council for its zero-waste approach. Food is sourced locally and composted, and waste water is used in the gardens.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At Aaharam, request seats close to the windows overlooking the pool.

Dress Code

Bold colors and flowing fabrics will match the artistic spaces.

Hotel restaurant

Svatma’s three eateries all use organic, local ingredients and preparation methods handed down through generations. Aaharam specialises in home-style, vegan Tamil cooking, served from breakfast through to dinner. The restaurant in the dining room, with exposed beams and bright tiles, serves up the spiciest fare. Head to Palaharam for coffee and snacks on the veranda, where a bank of shaded tables face the garden. On moonlit nights, visit the rooftop terrace for a feast at Nila, which serves traditional, often themed, meals inspired by family dinners from colonial times.

Hotel bar

On the roof, Nila bar's mixologists shake up classic martinis and other classic drinks in a contemporary slate-and-marble-lined setting with wrought-iron tables and lucite chairs. An upbeat fusion mix of music sets a cosmopolitan scene.

Last orders

Aaharam is open from 7am until 10pm. Palaharam serves from 11am until 10pm. The bar at Nila serves from 6pm until 10pm.


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No. 4/1116, Blake Hr Sec School Road, India


Tiruchirappalli International Airport is the nearest, an hour’s drive from the hotel. Direct flights arrive here from cities throughout India and some international destinations, including Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The hotel can arrange private transfers for INR2,250.


Thanjavur Junction railway station, a 10-minute drive away, stops at cities throughout the state, including Tiruchirappalli, Kumbakonam and Chennai. Transfers are available for INR500.


Driving in India can be stressful for those uninitiated with the chaos, but for those eager to hire a car, on-site parking is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Svatma has no shortage of on-site experiences, including classical-music concerts and performances of the traditional Indian dance form Bharatanatyam. Get a sense of inner peace with meditation and chanting sessions led by temple priests, or clock up hours of reading in the library. Those keen to up their kitchen game can watch cooking demonstrations or sign up for hands-on lessons. Thanjavur is home to the Brihadeeshwara Temple, a Unesco World Heritage Site dating back more than 1,000 years, which rivals Angkor Wat in its marvel-worthy 64-metre tower. For a more contemporary adventure, visit the studios of local bronze sculptors; the hotel can arrange a tour of area talents.

Local restaurants

A 20-minute walk along the canal, Sathars on Gandhiji Road serves home-style Northern Indian dishes, including meaty options. It’s especially popular with lunch crowds. The elegant Layam Bar, inside the Sangam Hotel on Trichy Road, makes an excellent pit stop for spicy snacks and spritzes after touring the sites. Next door, Thillana restaurant serves Continental cuisine in addition to Indian classics.


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Some hotels recreate home comforts for guests, but Svatma, on the other end of the spectrum, immerses culture-seekers in India's vivacious past. The hotel’s MO is to educate visitors on the Tamil region’s rich history, including its art, architecture, literature and cuisine. The owners have sourced musical instruments, gathered a library of local books and displayed sculptures by native artists in the hotel’s public spaces, so guests feel like they’re living in a remarkably comfortable museum. Thanjavur has plenty of unique treasures; its location is off the typical tourist path, so you won’t have to elbow your way through mobs to see Unesco-protected, fresco-lined temples that draw comparisons to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Svatma offers sanctuary from the town; guests can cosy up within rooms dressed in local textiles and furnished with period antiques, and three distinct restaurants serve vegetarian dishes that exemplify the regional cuisine. Even fitness is a lesson in local traditions: the yoga centre's guided chanting will put downward dogs of every ilk at ease.

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