Chotta Udaipur was a princely state of the Chauhan Rajputs,
who ruled much of this tribal belt for many years. The golden period came
under HH Fatehsinhji, whose reforms and infrastructural additions brought
about the progress of Chotta Udaipur in the late 19th and early 20th
century. The Kusum Vilas palace was built in the early decades of the 20th
century and is an imposing building with porticoes, courtyards, 30 acres
of open grounds and outhouses.
The French Impact
The interiors are beautiful with original French furniture of the Louis XIV style, chandeliers, grand dining and drawing rooms and old billiards room. When ready the heritage hotel will include 10-12 rooms, a restaurant and swimming pool. Chotta Udaipur has many historic buildings of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century including palaces, clubs, mansions, schools, hospitals, etc.
Around Chotta Udaipur are a number of very picturesque tribal villages of the Bhils and Ratwas, known for their colourful attires, ornaments, dances and pristine cultures. Native handicrafts like Pithra wall painting, pottery, terracotta figurines and arrow crafting thrive here. Places of interest within 80-km radius of Chotta Udaipur are Sanmkheda, known for it's beautiful lacquered wood furniture, the historic fort of Pawagadh, the Indo-Saracenic monuments of Champaner and the 13th century fort of Dabhoi. Chotta Udaipur is around 100-kms form Vadodra.