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Various packages, ranging from 2 to 4 nights,
are available on request. These include:

  • Nirvana
  • The Honeymoon Package
  • The Wellness Package
  • The Cooking Cruise

The Nirvana Package

Embark on a blissful journey that offers an exceptional combination of four days at Neeleshwar Hermitage, a stylish retreat on a peaceful palm-fringed beach, and a two day cruise through the tranquil Malabar backwaters. While at the hotel your visit will be enhanced by a rejuvenating personal treatment programme for body, mind and soul. The cruise will be on The Lotus, a two-bedroom rice barge offering serene comfort and exquisite style, and it offers the chance to feast your senses on superb views, birdwatching and the unhurried rhythms of village life. The six night package includes:
  • 04 nights in Neeleshwar Hermitage with bed tea and breakfast
  • 02 nights on The Lotus with all meals (i.e. breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner)
  • 04 private Yoga classes
  • 04 Ayurveda treatments in consultation with our in-house Doctor
  • 01 spa herbal bath
  • 03 day meditation course
  • 02 cooking lessons while on The Lotus
  • Airport transfer from Calicut or Mangalore airport
  • A private poolside candle-light dinner with bottle of Indian wine

Valid from 16th April 2017 to 16th October 2017. Rates are in Indian rupees including tax

Private Plunge Pool Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus
Sea View Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus
Garden View Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus
Pool View Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus

Valid from 16th October 2017 to 15th April 2018. Rates are in Indian rupees including tax

Private Plunge Pool Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus
Sea View Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus
Garden View Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus
Pool View Cottage in Neeleshwar + The Lotus

Extra bed Cost only one permitted per room. Neeleshwar Hermitage: 4,200 per night
The Lotus: 7,900 per night

* Rates are in Indian Rupees including taxes.

** Peak Season supplement from 16th Dec to 28th Feb: INR 5000 per person per night


The Lotus Cruise (one night)

Day 1
Your cruise today covers about 25 kms of the Valiyaparamba backwater, a large inland lake several miles due east of The Hermitage. Depending on the time taken for visits en route, the journey lasts about 3 hours. It begins from Lotus Point, a small jetty about ten minutes drive south from Neeleshwar Hermitage, situated on the banks of the Tejaswini River that joins the backwaters after a long, slow descent from high above the tea and coffee plantations of the Coorg Hills.

Once you have boarded The Lotus and enjoyed a welcome drink from the staff, you will be taken to your room: either Sukhima (‘Happiness’) or Lalima (‘Beauty’) to relax and settle in. Not long after we leave the jetty a small cluster of colourful boats announces the Snake Temple, dedicated to the fierce Goddess Badrakali, a delightful spot with many bright carvings sacred to the local fishing community. The nearby fish-landing point attracts flocks of sea-birds that wheel and dip over the arrival of each fresh catch.

These are the first of many that will accompany your trip: black snake-necked cormorants perched on trees and posts in the water, imperiously elegant white Great Egrets, orange-breasted kingfishers with iridescent turquoise wings. As verdant islands appear ahead of us, we approach Valiyaparamba Village, a long strip of land between the backwater and the open sea. Here coloured houses can be seen peeping through the dense fringe of coconut palms that lines the water front. The village’s main source of income is producing coir fiber from coconut husks that is used to make twine, mats and mattress stuffing. You can visit the production site with different qualities of coir in heaps awaiting shipment to distant factories.

The backwater has four tides a day, so those who sail her need to know every yard of her shifting sandbanks, different depths of water and subtle changes of mood. The further south you go, the quieter the scene becomes; soon even the waterfront activity has died away and the only sound is the lapping of water or the occasional jumping of huge red snappers. Those of you who wish can fish for your own supper... Today’s cruise ends with a visit to Monkey Island. A short walk through a sleepy village brings you to a thick forest inhabited by friendly monkeys. In its heart sits a clearing with an ancient shrine dedicated to the Naga snake deities. This simple place exudes a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Back to The Lotus for tea, home-made cakes and another 20 minutes cruising before we anchor in the middle of the lake for the night. Then you have time to relax on your elevated deck, watch the evening birds and fishing canoes return home for the night, and enjoy the sunset with a drink before a delicious dinner under the canopy of stars.

Day 2
The day begins with Bed Tea served with flowers; you can take it out onto your own private verandah and watch the changing light as the day begins. Breakfast is served around 9, then we move south for another hour towards the softly rolling contours of the Ezhi Elimala range. Legend has it that on his journey back from the Himalayas bearing the life-saving herbs of Ayurveda, Lord Hanuman let fall part of the sacred mountains to make these seven hills. Next to the boat whole shoals of tiny fish leap together to form one shower of silver sparks; further away fishermen wade up to their shoulders setting their nets. On land the occasional minaret rises up above the soporific sway of coconut palms. After an hour or so we reach Kotti jetty, from where a three kilometer auto-rickshaw ride takes us to the remarkable temple dedicated to Lord Subramanyam, second son of Shiva.

The shrine dates from about 800 AD and is the living heart of Payyannur, a town famed all over India for its expertise in the sacred science of astrology. As well as the elegant building with its fine carvings in wood and brass you can see the daily ritual when the silver image of the deity is processed three times around the temple compound. Then, quench your thirst with chai from an open air tea- shop by the temple before heading back to The Lotus. A further hour’s sailing brings you to A further hour’s sailing brings you to Sultan Canal, constructed in the late 18th century by Tipu Sultan,’the Tiger of Mysore’ and implaccable foe of the British. Post that you disembark and continue your journey: southwards to Calicut (c. 3 hours) or north back up to Neeleshwar (c. 2 hours).


The Lotus Cruise (two nights).

For those taking the 2 night cruise, the programme is as above, with time to relax on board after lunch on the second day. Then, after tea at about 3.30 pm, we take a taxi 18 kms to the Shri Mutthappan temple, a highly atmospheric and popular shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in his form as a local tribal hunter. Here the evening ritual involves the priest acting as a trance-medium for Shiva and serving as an oracle for worshippers. After witnessing this unique ceremony we return back to The Lotus for drinks and dinner and golden dreams.

The next morning, after an early breakfast, you return to Neeleshwar ( c. 1 ½ hours) or transfer to Calicut airport (c. 3 hours) for your onward journey.