Apart from the stream of pilgrims on the navagraha temple tour, tinsel town stakeholders -- from directors and producers to cine stars -- are mostly here for a shoot or to kick start an auspicious beginning for their new venture.

HOTEL RIVERSIDE RESORT & SPA

KUMBAKONAM

USP: For some quietude

Food, films, fitness and fun… these are what you are sure to get at “Riverside Resort”. An added bonus would be an occasional glimpse of a film star. This property, once with the Tamil Nadu Government, is now under the Chennai-based PGP group, and has become a hotspot in the holy town of Kumbakonam, rich with history, culture and greenery.

“This place feels just like home,” is the comment in the guest book from actor Nayanthara. That, perhaps, says much about the hospitality and service.

Four km off the town, this four-star property spread over two acres has beautifully-landscaped gardens. Quietude is a hallmark, but there are quite a few surprises for the guests, such as film screenings in the open air, fun games and magic shows, a food festival or a special Sunday lunch.

The rooms are spacious and neatly done. Fourteen of them form a ring around the swimming pool, and overlook the multi-cuisine restaurant, Mayuri, and the vegetarian eat-out, Cauvery.

The chef is a local boy who goes out of the way to please your palate.