Elegant palaces, sprawling rubber estates and lakeside reveries
NEW DELHI :
It was renowned artist Raja Ravi Varma who first piqued my curiosity about the Travancore region, once a princely state. I have been an admirer of his work for many years, enamoured especially of his beautiful models, in their elegant saris and ethnic jewellery. But all I knew about him was that he was born in Travancore and was related to the royal family. So when I got the opportunity to explore the region that had been his home base, I grabbed it.