Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady

Wrapped in the cool embrace of a tropical rainforest, the Niraamaya Retreats, Thekkady is your chance to connect with nature. Tucked high in the misty mountains, this hideaway has a uniquely charming setting amidst a verdant cardamom plantation.

While the pure mountain air and the tranquillity help you unwind, the exquisite Niraamaya Spa with Western & Ayurveda therapies will revive your senses. The treatments can be combined with a daily yoga session under lush tree canopy.

Our chefs aim to enhance guests’ discovery of the region by preserving timeless regional recipes. Sample simple, freshly cooked meals that combine herbs and spices of Thekkady. And in-between tucking into freshly cooked meals and dips in the infinity pool, there is plenty to explore. Guests seeking adventure can choose between spice walks, treks through dense evergreen forests bamboo rafting at the Periyar Tiger Reserve or spending a day with the Asian elephant.

Accommodations

Spread amidst 8 acres of cardamom plantations the retreat offers 13 elegantly furnished ‘Garden and Mountain-view’ cottages that look out onto the wilderness.

Garden-View Cottages

Located along the pathways through the trees offering a breath-taking visual of the gardens, these traditional plantation style cottages offer rich interiors blending together traditional...

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Mountain-View Cottages

Where romance meets luxury, Mountain – View Cottages on stilts with panoramic mountain views are a blend of classical charisma with contemporary French windows that allow...

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special Packages

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Romantic Escapes by Niraamaya
Escape to this romantic getaway in the mountains with your beloved and soak in the pristine beauty of the location. 2-night stay in our Mountain View Cottages.

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Half Board Package (2 nights)
Holiday escape with complimentary Dinner for two. Accommodation in our spacious Garden View Cottage for 2 nights. Transfers to Kumily Town

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Niraamaya Retreats 5 days Bliss
This all inclusive package (Room, Full board, Wine, Transfers) offers a glimpse of the beach and the mountains, stay at 2 luxury retreats including Spa

Curated Experiences

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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.

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Cooking Class
A cooking class which owcases the wealth of traditional local cuisine, and provides a memorable experience for guests on their vacation.

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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

Thekkady Experiences

NATURE & ADVENTURE

  • Periyar Tiger Route: Book your date with one of the rarest animals on Earth. With only 3000 odd tigers left in the world, the Thekkady reserve is one of the few places where these big cats can prowl freely. Catch a flash of yellow and black in their sanctuary, only to return awed and inspired.
  • Border Trekking: The Border Trekking Program restricts itself to the higher terrains, ranging from 1000 to 1200 metres. Supervised by guides, the trek is lively and entertaining, with fascinating stories of the jungle. The trek is also extremely educational and you will invariably learn about the variety of tropical flora and fauna given the guide's exceptional knowledge of the jungle.
  • Elephant Sanctuary: Grab this rare opportunity to experience Thekkady on an Elephant's back. Take a majestic trip through spice plantations where the gentle breeze will refresh you with spice-scented air as your jumbo steed slowly ambles on. Or why not get up close and personal? Our elephant trainers will accompany you to the Periyar Lake where you can bathe these gentle giants and end the day feeding the elephants by hand.
  • Gavi Jeep Safari : For a genuine safari experience, travel by jeep into the densest reaches of the Cardamom Hills. Thread through all forms of terrain – valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grasslands and cascading waterfalls. The rare Lion Tailed Macaques, the Yellow Necked Nilgiri Marten, Salim Ali's Fruit Bats, gaurs, black bears, wild elephants and tigers are some of the extraordinary sights you will see on your trip here.
  • Boating and Bamboo Rafting: Ferry across the Periyar Lake and catch spectacular views of the wild and nature. If lucky, catch glimpses of elephants bathing their young ones or tigers lapping up some of the crystal clear water during early mornings. If adventurous, you can opt to go bamboo rafting down a river. Steer your little craft through dense forests, skirt the rapids and come back with a new respect for the wild.
  • Spice Route: Take a walk down the bustling streets of Kumily Bazaar as the local spices tickle your senses. Stop over to absorb the local culture while you enjoy crisp banana chips straight from the baskets of street vendors. Travel the spice route along the beautifully maintained plantations of Thekkady. The mountain air and the scent of spices blend together to create a truly spellbinding aroma as you are guided to clove, pepper, rubber, vanilla, coffee and tea plantations of Thekkady. After which comes the daring venture into tribal settlements in the surroundings. You can also visit the Tea Factory and see how tea is made. After, take a walk along the lush terraced farms, accompanied by birdsong and the quiet trickle of mountain streams. All the while, make sure you pause regularly to capture the astounding view of the valley from the various vantage points.
  • Bird Watching: The beautiful grove that is Thekkady is home to a vast spectrum of birds. Watch as Crimson-Throated Barbets, Sunbirds and Blackwinged Kites flutter past the horizon. Our guides will take you around, just be sure to carry your binoculars and a journal.
  • Jungle Scout :Partake in this three-hour trek and you are not only taken on night patrols across the fringe zones of the Tiger Reserve, but you are also helping to protect the forests of Periyar. And while on your hike, make sure to listen carefully and keep your eyes peeled to spot one of the many forest avians. Whether it is the distinct calls of the Jungle Babbler or the proud casue of the Malabar Pied Hornbill, the birds of Thekkady will leave you enchanted.

 

   SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

  • Vantage Views : Chellarkovil (15 km) This little village, known for its waterfalls and hilly terrains, is located in Kumily.
  • Grampi :(28 km) Grampi is also known as "Eagle Rock" because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rock plains, lush hillside, forests and picturesque views lend charm to this destination.

 

CULTURE

  • Kathakali : A blend of art, music, dance and drama, Kathakali has its roots in the ancient Sanskrit text "The Natyashastra", written by Bharata circa 17 AD. With grand costumes, detailed and bright make-up, mythological stories and intricate movements, an enthralling evening is guaranteed.
  • Kalaripayattu :With careful and measured movements and of course the clash of swords, it is the oldest form of martial arts indigenous to Kerala. The performances are held in the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre – a specially designed gallery in Thekkady. Seated at a safe distance enjoy the view the performance guaranteed to leave you mesmerized.

 

FULL DAY EXCURSIONS

  • Spend a magical day amidst the City of Temples – Madurai. Here you can lose yourself in the antiquity of the Meenakshi Temple, the largest temple in South India. And later, either continue visiting the smaller temples that surround the area or indulge in bargain shopping.
  • A visit to the Munnar Hill Station will send you home with experiences to relive and stories to relate. Provided you choose to go home, that is. Mattupetty, surrounded by tea estates, is a stunning picnic spot with boating facilities. The Echo Point uplifts the soul. At the Kundalay Dam take advantage of the pedal boating facilities and manoeuvre your way to the more picturesque spots on the lake.
  • Soak in the breathtaking panoramic view of all the neighbouring states at the Top Station. Or take in the majesty of nature from the Devikulam Hill Station. The aerial view makes the tea plantations seem like endless green carpeting. The Power House Waterfalls is a beautiful spot to view the mighty falls. And if you're visiting during the celebration season you must visit one of India's largest dams, the Idukki Arch Dam which is only open for only 15 days during the Onam celebrations (August/ September).
  • Visit acres of verdant groves or learn about the magic behind Thekkady's home brew. Tea factory visit (Closed on Sundays) Timings: 9am – 4pm Travel time: 40 minutes Spice plantation tours (1 hour tours) Timings: 9am – 5pm Travel time: 15 minutes

 
IN-HOUSE

  • Bonfire Nights and Bespoke Destination Dining :While our chefs relish your palate with delicacies perfected with fresh ingredients sourced from the organic garden and selected farmers, the beauty of the natural surroundings are a treat for the eyes.
  • Authentic Cooking Classes: Our chefs provide comprehensive, hands-on cooking classes so that you master not only the flavour, but all the nuances of authentic Malabar cooking.
  • Cardamom Club Estate Trek: Trail through an invigorating 4 kilometers trek through the fragrant cardamom plantations. Carry your binoculars and catch a glimpse of the usual suspects – The Racket Tailed Drongo, The Pied Hornbill and The White Bellied Treepie. The estate borders the Periyar Sanctuary thus giving opportunities to glimpse the wildlife in its finest.

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