If you have to generalize about India, which is a dangerous thing to do, the one thing most people would agree upon is that we don’t do simple. We embellish, we ornament, we bring in a riot of colors, textures and materials to everything we do, from food and clothing to our movies and our houses. In stark contrast to this celebration of excess is the aesthetic of Kerala. Traditional formal clothing in Kerala is pristine white, with no embellishment. Temple architecture in Kerala uses plain stone, contrasted only with a little gold leaf on the flagpole or the tips of the gopuram.
This appreciation of the clinically clean comes through very clearly in this week’s property under review – a resort in Wayanad. Surrounded by acres of organic spice farms and fruit orchards, and offering activities such as hiking, mountaineering, birdwatching, and wildlife safaris, this resort is all about clean living and healthy eating. The 75-year-old buildings are meticulously maintained and inviting.