7.12km from K M Sami Nagar Bus StopWe came to Kumbakonam to visit the three great chola temples, amongst the other notable heritage sites of Tamil Nadu. ***tra Koodam was the perfect place for us to stay at- it’s conveniently located close to Tanjore city, Darasuram, Chettinad and Trichy, so if you have a car, it’s easy to use this hotel as your base and drive down to other towns for day trips. The location is also gorgeous - the hotel is located between two rivers, so it’s perfect for nature lovers. The hotel took plenty of precautions for Covid 19 (sanitisation, low contact check in, etc) and the rooms are really well spaced apart, making this a safe stay. The highlights for us were the service and food - the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Mr. Ranjith, the restaurant ***ager, and his team (K***nakaran, Saran and the others) were outstanding, and the food was great. The kitchen staff was also great - we met young Antony, who is a talented cook (under the guidance of chef M***thavanan). He made us great meals and never failed to serve delicious coffee and snacks every evening at the tea kadai. The tasty food was always accompanied by his welcoming smile and conversation. The kitchen staff even prepared a sweet platter for every room for Diwali, and cooked up an amazing thali. The property was also beautifully done up with lights to celebrate the festival. One area of improvement was the landscaping at the ***tra ilam (where we stayed) - some of the weeds needed to be tamed and the upkeep of the garden there could have been better. However the staff had informed us that the property had only just reopened a month ago (since the lockdown) and this is understandable. While the garden may not be ‘***icured’, it does have a rustic charm. If you’re a bird watcher, you will love this property- we spotted kingfisher, whiskered bulbuls, mynas, babblers, rufous treepies, Brahmini kites, sunbirds, parakeets and woodpeckers, amongst others. The rooms were very comfortable overall and the staff provided all the amenities we needed. Our housekeeper Latha did a great job keeping our room clean and comfortable. She even decorated our bed with a beautiful hibiscus arrangement, as a surprise :) Overall, this was a fantastic stay and we highly recommend it for travellers.