Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady: Activities

You are spoiled for choice in Thekkady !!

Choose from an evening of vivid Kerala culture, to wildlife adventure and bird watching.Many visitors come to the destination to try and spot the elusive Tiger and to watch the Asian elephant in all its glory but few know that Periyar Sanctuary and Thekkady is an Ornithologist's and Lepidopterist's dream hideaway.

Watch Malabar grey hornbills and raucous Racket tailed drongos from the indulgence of your porch , better still trek in our estate and try and spot the threatened Malabar pied hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) or larger Great pied hornbill (Buceros bicornis) with its magnificent casque and almost pterodactyl style of flight.

Highly recommended is a morning of languid bamboo rafting or a visit to the Elephant camp.To those who prefer something less adventurous a visit to a Tea Estate and Factory established in 1941 or an amble through a spice plantation could be the perfect evening out.

Thekkady has something for every lover of nature.

Rock-Garden Room

Kumily Cultural Immersion

A short ride from the Retreat is bustling Kumily bazaar; here the Mudra Cultural Centre helps preserve two vibrant forms of Kerala’s arts

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Heritage Classic

Boating or Bamboo Rafting

With the gentle sound of the river beneath you and a chance to breathe in the fresh air, a boat ride on the Periyar Lake is a must. The view as you skim past is spectacular:

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Heritage Superior

Nature Walk or Border Hiking

A plethora of animals and birds await. On a nature walk through the sanctuary.The extremely adventurous could opt for a 6 hour trek or even brave the wildlife at night !

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Tea Factory Visit

India is the largest producer and exporter of the World’s favourite brew. Take a trip to neighbouring Vandiperiyar town and visit a working estate and factory.

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Banyan Tree Bangalow

Chef’s Spice Plantation Visit

The secret to our Chef’s cuisine is the freshness of the spices that are harvested on the property as well as the immediate environs.

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The Octagon Room

Picnic with the Asian Elephant

30 minutes’ drive from the Retreat is the Thekkady Jungle elephant Camp. Grab this rare opportunity to experience India on elephant back.

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Family Villa

Bird Watching Trek up Mount Miracle

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

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The Octagon Room

Gavi Jeep Safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve

For a genuine safari experience, book a jeep into the densest reaches of the spice hills in Gavi. The safari leaves early in the morning and enters Periyar Tiger Reserve.

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Family Villa

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.

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