Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
Aanavilasam is a small and elegant boutique plantation retreat
Beautiful lush surroundings make for an idyllic stay
Try a cooking demonstration during your stay here, learning about traditional Keralan cooking
Located up in the hills, do expect a few creepy crawlies here and there
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
To start planning your holiday to Aanavilasam
Aanavilsasam is a luxury plantation retreat located in Thekkady close to Periyar Wildlife Reserve in Kerala and has just six elegant rooms, fantastic cuisine and is the perfect base from which to explore this corner of India.
Aanavilasam was the vision of photographer Salim Pushpanath whose artistic creativity was lovingly used to create this wonderful boutique luxury hotel. The property is located in the hills above Thekkady, surrounded by verdant forests and spice plantations, making it an idyllic stay.
The design of the rooms is a blend of Keralan and Western decor. Choose from either a deluxe room or suite, the luxury pool suites have superb views over the valley.
The food at Aanavilasam is superb, using fresh local ingredients to create a fusion menu inspired by Keralan, north Indian and continental influences. The chef can also do a quick cookery demonstration for those interested in learning about Keralan cooking. Choose to dine in the restaurant or privately on your veranda. There is also a lounge area with comfy sofas for guests to enjoy.
Elsewhere, explore the plantation and discover pepper and banana trees, cinnamon and ginger growing alongside cardamom. Explore Periyar Wildlife Reserve which is home to a range of flora and fauna from langur monkeys, exotic birds, wild elephants and deer. Maybe hop on a bullock cart and explore the local villages, or take a trek into the hills around Aanavilsasam. If you are very lucky, Salim can give you a tip or two about taking the perfect photo.
There are just six rooms and suites at Aanavilasam. The suites offer a leather-suite lounge and open-sided dining area along with a cosy fireplace which is ideal during the winter months. It also has a private veranda. Expect king-size four posters and are designed to reflect local design with modern comforts.
Children are welcome at Aanavilasam, but please be aware there are no specific facilities for them.
Dining at Aanavilasam is very relaxed. You may dine on your private veranda or in the dining room which is generally a sociable, convivial affair. There is also a lounge area to relax in, as well as 7 acres of gardens.
There is plenty to enjoy in and around Aanavilasam including a cookery demonstrations, a guided tour of the plantation and visits to Periyar National Park on offer.
Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar
Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.
Periyar - Spice Plantation
Visit a spice plantation and discover where many of the spices you have in your kitchen at home are grown naturally. This is a lovely experience for couples or families of all ages to enjoy.
Highlights of Kerala and The Maldives
Cochin, Thekkady, Backwaters, Lake Vembenad & The Maldives
from £4100 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Excellent choice for honeymoons, a holiday for two or a family adventure wanting to combine culture and beach
- Enjoy a trip on the backwaters in Kerala watching the world go by, spending the night on a house boat
- From Cochin to the Maldives it is just a short 1-hour flight, making it a great combination
Location & directions
Kerala and Karnataka, India
Aanavilsasam is located close to Periyar National Park and is perched up in the hills making it an ideal rural retreat.
How to get there
It takes around 4-hours to reach Aanavilsasam from Cochin, but also 3-hours from Munnar or 3-hours to the backwaters. You could link it with Madurai to the east which takes around 4-hours.