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By Sudha Mathew

Welcome to seek&hide’s blog. It’s wonderful to see you here. As this is my first blog post, I'm starting with something that is central to the genesis of this website - why I love staying at small properties.

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Great Value B&B, Thekkady

INTRODUCTION

The Great Value B&B is an anomaly in Thekkady, where every other hotel vies to outdo the other in luxury and services. This is a simple bed and breakfast that offers excellent value. If you are focused on the wildlife experience and won’t be spending much time... Read more...

Island Heritage Home, Fort Kochi

INTRODUCTION

A tragic past is only one of the things that makes this Island Heritage Home different from any other Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Kochi, for that matter any other establishment. The house was built in 1930 for Mary, the eldest daughter of an important local family... Read more...

Centennial British Bungalow, Fort Kochi

INTRODUCTION

A perfume of history mixed with spice and tea lingers in Fort Kochi. This area developed in the colonial past during which the cultural milieu was moulded by various communities from other parts of India and abroad like Jews, Parsis, Kutchi Muslims, Gujaratis, Tamil... Read more...

Secret B&B, Fort Kochi

INTRODUCTION

Only after you negotiate the winding bylanes of Fort Kochi to reach the Secret B&B, it strikes you how apt the name is. The small lane gives no indication of the oasis of charm that lies at the end.

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Eagle’s Retreat, Thekkady

INTRODUCTION

Rather than a fairy tale beginning, Eagle's Retreat started with a tale of a lost cow. One evening, a cow went missing on Simon’s newly acquired coffee plantation. He found it late at night in an uncleared area but couldn’t move it sinc... Read more...

Courtyard Hotel, Fort Kochi

INTRODUCTION

“Tread lightly as you are walking on history” says a sign in this marvelous heritage hotel in Fort Kochi. You may end up holding your breath in awe as you walk up the original wooden staircase. The dwindling number of Cochin Jews is a tale that tugs at the heart... Read more...

Village Manor Home, Alleppey

INTRODUCTION

The simplest way to travel back in time is to walk into the gracious house of Anthony and Rema Tharakan in Alleppey, here you go back a hundred years into the aristocratic lifestyle of the Syrian Christian landowners of Kerala. The Parayil Tharakan family that start... Read more...

Luxe Beach Villas, Alleppey

INTRODUCTION

Luxe Beach Villas are a gorgeous cluster of boutique beach cottages run by a European couple, Olga and Rupert. Before settling on Marari beach they spent three months combing the Indian coastline to find the best beach. Marari beach near Alappuzha was their unanimou... Read more...

Kavu House, Fort Cochin

Find solace in an Art Deco, 50’s style bungalow furnished with antiques in the central Fort Kochi area.

When asked by a friend to run a 1950’s bungalow in Fort Kochi, Rose Kuruvinakunnel was probably the only one who saw its potential. After the addit... Read more...

Ayurveda Spa Palace, Palakkad

INTRODUCTION

Luxury comes in many forms but this is one of the more unusual ones. A beautiful century old palace with every detail customized for the guests who have to get up at 5.30 am, are not allowed to wear their own clothes or step outside the palace grounds and follow a s... Read more...

Evergreen, Mundayakam

Succulent local cuisine, charming hosts, an art deco bungalow, all amidst a rubber plantation.

INTRODUCTION

The first thing that strikes visitors is that the house seems to be out of place in a quiet Kerala rubber ... Read more...

Chittoor Kottaram, Kochi

INTRODUCTION

“Once upon a time there was a king…” Now you can be part of that story as the royal family of Cochin has opened one of their homes to guests. Long ago, another powerful king stopped the Raja of Cochin from visiting the famed Guruvayoor temple. The Raja vowed t... Read more...

Anthraper Gardens, Alleppey

A century old gracious home on the Vembanad backwaters a short drive from Alappuzha.

Nostalgia and history hang heavy around the Anthraper homestead as you enter the gates at the end of a long driveway. The house seems perfectly preserved from a bygone ar... Read more...

Chalets in the Clouds, Munnar

INTRODUCTION

There is something simple yet very very appealing about Chalets in the Clouds in Munnar. These twin cottages in Munnar are breathtakingly beautiful. Is it the lush plantation with birdsong in the background, the warm hues of the wooden chalets or the doctor who is p... Read more...

Governor’s Heritage Villa, Pondicherry

Creole and Continental cuisine delight visitors at this 250 year villa in the French Quarter of Puducherry

INTRODUCTION

If Governor's Heritage Villa in Pondicherry were a person, the first thing you would say on me... Read more...


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About me

The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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