Tharavad houses in Kerala are a treat to watch. Built without much machinery, they are monuments demonstrating the skill and artistry of the carpenters and masons of the time.
Here I have some pictures of my grandfather’s house (also in Thidanad).
This is the varanda (sit out) on the upper floor. A completely wooden structure
A liberal use of brass giving decorative beauty to the rosewood and teakwood walls, doors and ceilings
The furniture has the elegance of the times. The staircase to the upper floor is a bit steep without the usual middle landing and bend.
Also we can see that, part of the ground floor is renovated and modernised. That’s the hall area. But gatherings now prefer the upper sit out.
Luckily it’s not the stuffed heads, but the horns are probably collected.
The carpentry skills are evident on the ceiling. A different but uniformily flowing designs are hand carved.
Built in 1909.
P.S. My grandfather had a pet elephant. (Entappooppakkoru Aanaondayirunnu).