Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovlam : In and Around Activities

 

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar.

 

Take some time to absorb the colorful culture that surrounds the Retreat. Our Team has prepared a selection of culturally enriching excursions. Choose from guided Temple visits in Trivandrum to bathing elephants to just meandering through the Poovar backwaters and Mangroves till the amazing Golden Sand Beach. There is something for everyone that will enrich your vacation and leave you with more than just photographic memories. A glimpse of the real India, which will reside in your heart for years to come.


Dining By Design

Longing to experience an intimate candlelit dinner or a romantic barbecue by the bonfire? We are ready to create an experience beyond your dreams.

For those with special requirements, our dedicated chefs will be pleased to surprise you with something simple, yet unforgettable.

Here are the selections to match the magic of every moment We take pride in offering you wide ranges of cuisine made only from the freshest and the finest ingredients available on the market.

You could pre-book online or at the Retreat with our Resort Manager and Chef.

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Niraamaya Culinary Discovery (Cooking Class)

A cooking class which showcases the wealth of traditional local cuisine, and provides a memorable experience for guests on their vacation. This is an opportunity to learn authentic traditional recipes from the region. Our Chef has collected dishes that have been passed through generations in a time honoured tradition.

Hands on classes by our Chef's that teach the nuances of aromatic spices, herbs and fresh ingredients that each Niraamaya destination is blessed with.

Choose from just an afternoon of discovery to an advanced 7 day course. You could pre-book online or at the Retreat with our Head Chef.

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Weddings By Design

Whether it's a wedding or a renewal of Vows, Niraamaya offers breathtaking locations and a complete package for tailor made memories. Choose a ceremony with typical local rituals and decor or an elegant barefoot on the beach setting. Our Wedding Planner has a choice of discreet or opulent celebrations, along with indulgent menus to match the occasion. For reservations please enquire online, or if you are already staying with us on vacation our Operations Manager will be thrilled to organize the same.


Trivandrum Cultural Immersion

Spend the day discovering Trivandrum’s rich history.

Depart from the Hotel with our knowledgeable Tour Advisor. We first take you for a look around of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. This ancient temple is the most dominating feature of Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake from which the city derives its name.

It has been in the news for one of the richest treasure troves ever found. Imagine over One Trillion U.S. Dollars’ worth of gold and gems in just one of seven vaults inside.

After that we walk down an amazing bazaar street. This colourful market is Kerala's hidden treasure and a prime shopping destination for the 'daring' buyer only.

A quick vist to Kuthiramalika Palace with its fascinating 122 carved wooden horses The palace, with its excellent carvings and amazing architectural designs, is by itself a slice of heritage. The museum has a wide range of exhibits representing the erstwhile state of Travancore.

An optional trip to Sri Utharam thirunal Palace

At the end of the bazaar we reach Ganapathy temple with a chance to enter. Please note photography is not allowed at this divine place of worship. Lunch is an amazing Sadhya Meal served on a banana leaf in Trivandrum's world famous "shabby chic" restaurant. After lunch if you are still ready for more cultural immersion we head on to Napier museum. This museum was started in 1855 and has rare archeological artifacts and ancient ornaments. It also houses an art gallery. After this enlightening afternoon Our Tour Advisor brings you back to the comforts of Niraamaya Retreats.


Backwater Cruise & Beach Picnic

A short 20 minutes drive south of Niraamaya retreats, The Poovar estuary so named by the erstwhile king Marthanda Varma of Travancore was the epicenter of Trade in sandalwood, spice and ivory. We transfer you to a motor boat that cruises through unspoiled coconut groves on either side of the river with a glimpse of rural life.

The boat leads you up to Golden Sand Beach where you can see where backwater meets Arabian Sea. Our Recreation team will set up a luxurious sunbed while you enjoy a special picnic hamper that our chef has prepared and relax in this amazing spot over a glass of chilled wine.

After your afternoon of leisure our team will pack up your picnic and on return the boat will take you through a pristine Mangrove Forest . This stretch is full of aqutic bird’s busy hunting for fish, Back at the Boat Jetty our Driver will transfer you back to retreat.


Sparkling Sunset Cruise

A short 20 minutes drive south of Niraamaya retreats, The Poovar estuary so named by the erstwhile king Marthanda Varma of Travancore was the epicenter of Trade in sandalwood, spice and ivory. We transfer you in the late evening to a motor boat that cruises through unspoiled coconut groves on either side of the river with a glimpse of rural life. The boat leads you up to Golden Sand Beach where you can see where backwater meets Arabian Sea.

Sip chilled Sparkling wine as you enjoy the sunset from the comfort of the motor boat and enjoy a selection of Deluxe canapé’s that our Team has put together for you. On return the boat meanders through a pristine Mangrove Forest .This stretch is full of aquatic bird’s busy hunting for fish, Back at the Boat Jetty our Driver will transfer you back to retreat


Fisherman’s Delight

Visit to the local fish market at 7 am with our celebrity Chef. The open air fish market which is situated at Vizingjam harbour where the boats come to unload. Spend time watching the ancient custom of fish auctions as each boat arrives back from a long night at sea.

Ancient Vizingjam was the capital of Venad and has such atmosphere that you just have to keep your camera going. The view across the harbour looks past the big Old Catholic church right on the beach and 2 distant mosques at the far end.

Choose the fish that you want our Chef to cook for your dinner and don’t forget to mention the cooking style you prefer. Later that night enjoy a three course dinner with the freshest fish that you selected !


Picnic with the Asian Elephant

An hour’s drive out of the Retreat, through rubber plantations, is located one of Kerala’s secret nature hideaways. A Dam across the Neyyar river has created a scenic reservoir that teams with wildlife. While enlightened founders have built a Lion safari nearby, the outstanding feature is the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre near Kottur camp a short 7 kms away.

Here you have a rare chance of a close encounter with Asia’s behemoth. Elephas Maximas. This camp of tamed elephants spends their leisure time here when they are free of their Festival duties. Join the elephant trainers in helping bathe these animals.

Look out for baby elephants frolicking while being trained and muster courage to go on atop the magnificent Asian Elephant for a twenty minute unforgettable ride. Our Team will put together a Picnic Lunch Hamper with a Chilled bottle of Wine for your enjoyment in these natural surroundings, as well as take care of all park entry, safari and elephant ride fees.

Spend the day at relaxing and return back to the Retreat in the evening


Tea by The Sea

A leisure afternoon Hi-Tea, at the far end of our secluded Chandra Beach. Our Beach butlers will set up a cozy sun mattress and umbrella, for you to laze on. Learn about the secret origin of this beach as you walk down through this stretch below our retreat.

Meanwhile our Chef will delight you with delectable nibbles ranging from Tuna Samosas to Tropical fruit tartlets and Cardamom cashewnut biscotti, to pair with a selection of superior Teas.


Explore A Village on Your Bicycle

The environs of Niraamaya Retreat include our coffee and cardamom estate that sprawls right upto the Periyar Tiger Sanctuary Border.

Our eager team will accompany on this 4 km trek to the top. For the inspired choose to do this trek at dawn and watch sunrise at the ‘heavens gateway’ from Mount Miracle.

This walk is a great opportunity to catch local wildlife such as the Gaur or ‘Indian Bison’ and various species of deer.

The highlight is looking out for the diversity of birds that team this area. White bellied treepies, Rufous woodpeckers. Better still listen for the songbirds like the Waynad laughing thrush, and the melancholic tune of the ‘Whistling Schoolboy’, the endemic Malabar whistling thrush.

While Malabar grey hornbills are easily spotted the ‘steam locomotive’ sound of a flying Great pied hornbill or the Malabar pied hornbill will remain embedded in your memory. Spotting these majestically casqued rare Hornbills could make your vacation unforgettable.

Our team could put together a small picnic backpack for you if you wish to linger longer in nature.


Take A Pottery Class

There is nothing quite as therapeutic and fulfilling than creating something with your own hands. Feel the wet clay take shape, as your fingers gently direct its motion in this relaxing pottery workshop.

Includes: A one-on-one experience with our professional potter who will demystify the craft with a hands-on experience.


Boutique

Keep some time aside to browse through our handpicked selection of local crafts, statuettes and exquisite fabrics.

We pride ourselves in promoting local South Indian artisans with our array of Channapatna toys and bric-a-brac. These handmade wooden objects are coloured with natural vegetable dyes.

Take home a souvenir or gift from the vibrant culture of India