Halcyon Castle

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Halcyon Castle was built in 1932 in the princely state of Travancore, in the modern-day state of Kerala, India. It was constructed by M.R.Ry Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran, the consort of H.H. Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, as a retreat for their family.[1] In 1964 the entire property was sold to the Government of Kerala by the Valiya Koil Thampuran, and has since been converted into a deluxe hotel. The castle became disputed when the ITDC (India Tourism Development Corporation) who was running the hotel sold out the hotel to a private Hotel resort group. .[2] The Hotel and the entire adjoining land area at measuring around 65 acres is now owned by the NRI Business man Dr Ravi Pillai who has entrusted The Leela Hotel Group to manage his 5 Star Deluxe hotel.