Mantra Veppathur

Resort in Kumbakonam

Lost in the riverside jungle, 10km northeast of Kumbakonam, this is a wonderful retreat from temple-town chaos. Comfy modern-rustic rooms fronted by porches with rocking chairs have open-air showers and carved-teak doors; ayurveda is offered; there's rain-water harvesting; and the organic farm fuels the Indian-focused restaurant, where you can eat out on a turquoise-tiled verandah.