Kalanivasthi is a heritage-style venue that takes you back in time to the regal grandeur of the Chola dynasty. This venue is inspired by the ancient architecture of the Chola empire along with the influence of Balinese culture during the period. The entrance is adorned by two large doors that are originally from Karaikudi. These doors preserve historic significance as well as add to the beauty of the property.
At the entrance is a humble Ganesha temple for seeking blessings and grace before new beginnings. As you further enter, you are met with a majestic well with countless tales to tell. This ancient well has been part of the property for ages and creates a magical atmosphere.
The main highlight of the venue is a unique structure inspired by the step-wells prevalent in ancient India during the reign of the Cholas. The design consists of a series of descending steps in the form of a circle that leads down to a clear, blue, water pool at the bottom. A long aisle from the top of the stairs takes you to the centre of the water pool where a stage or mandap is present. The surrounding stairs are made of stone and act as a perfect seating area with a panoramic view of the whole area. This structure is encompassed by various other fora around it.
The courtyard has rooms that lead into an open front space with a direct view of the step-well structure. The rooms themselves follow an Indo-Bali theme and are spacious and equipped with all the necessary amenities. The ancient doors of Karaikudi, a town in Tamil Nadu, are known for their intricate wood carvings, which hold great historical and cultural significance. These carvings reflect the rich artistic heritage of the region and provide insights into the local craftsmanship and architectural traditions. Only a few of these antique doors are still around, and twelve of them are now in Kalanivasti.
Nine of these intricately carved doors are part of the rooms in the courtyard. Each door has different carvings on it and represents certain events or mythological legends.
Right next to the courtyard are the twin banquet halls. Two identical, open halls with ample room for large gatherings. A bridge connects both the halls at the side to help with easy movement within the halls. The halls have elements of Balinese architecture and decor, with statues of laughing Buddhas and smiling monks.
The smiling monk statue symbolizes joy, contentment, and happiness. It is believed that the presence of these statues can bring positive energy, blessings, and good fortune to the surroundings.
Kalanivasti is a venue rich in heritage and immersed in the culture. From the ancient well to the pair of Konamavu trees that have been in situ on the property, everything in this venue has a story to tell and a purpose to fulfil.
Nestled amidst the bustling city, this architectural gem stands as a testament to the rich heritage and cultural tapestry of its surroundings. With its ornate façade and meticulously preserved interiors, it transports visitors to a bygone era, where each nook and cranny holds secrets waiting to be discovered.