Neeleshwar, Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
All the cottages are modelled on fisherman's huts
Despite it being a long drive from the closest airport, the resort is a great place to relax
Neeleshwar Hermitage has a fantastic Ayurvedic Spa for the ultimate pampering
The coastline is home to the Olive Ridley Turtle, which is now an endangered specie, protected close to Neeleshwar
The hotel's houseboat is a lovely experience for guests to enjoy the surrounding area
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 Neeleshwar Hermitage
Neeleshwar Hermitage is a gorgeous beach hotel located in a quiet, unspoilt corner of Northern Kerala. With a glorious peaceful atmosphere, Neeleshwar is a perfect destination for relaxation or a base to explore this wonderful part of India.
Neeleshwar Hermitage was built in accordance with the architectural principles of Kerala Vastu and has a number of thatched cottages, with either sea or garden views. Each room has its own private courtyard, balcony and outdoor bathroom. They are furnished with contemporary colour schemes with a slick, modern finish. To the front of the cottages you will find a pleasant verandah.
The hotel has a main dining room at the centre of the resort called The Hermitage serving continental, classic Indian and local cuisine. There is also a delightful seafood and fish restaurant, by the pool and overlooking the beach.
The hotel has a superb spa offering Ayurvedic treatments. They offer traditional massages, purification regimes, aromatherapy, facial and beauty treatments and rejuvenation therapy.
Neeleshwar Hermitage is perfect for those wanting to relax, but for those wanting a little more to do you can visit the impressive fort at Bekal, take backwater cruises, go walking in the Western Ghats, explore untouched local villages or visit the many delightful local temples in the area.
In short, Neeleshwar’s relative untouched isolation is its true trump card; coupled with its wonderfully crafted rooms and facilities - and the chance to explore a part of Kerala that few tourists visit.
Neeleshwar Hermitage offers sixteen Cottages set back from a stunning long and deep Keralan beach. All the cottages are rustic in style, designed on traditional fisherman's huts and have en-suite outdoor bathrooms. Cottages are spacious, light and airy featuring teak floors, high ceilings and locally handmade furniture and both antique and contemporary works of art from Kerala.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Neeleshwar Hermitage. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Children will love the many cultural activities in the area and be able to enjoy the wildlife tours to see the Olive Ridley turtles and the abundant birdlife.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool and a spa offering traditional massages, purification regimes, aromatherapy, facial and beauty treatments and rejuvenation therapy. There are also two restaurants serving continental, classic Indian and local cuisine, as well as having a small selection of beers and wine. There is also a small shop, beauty salon and internet access is provided.
Activities at the hotel include cookery classes. The surrounding area offers a wealth of cultural activities including visits to the Bekal Fort, walking in the Western Ghats, cruises on the infamous Kerala Houseboats, cycling and wildlife tours to see the rare Olive Ridley turtle. From October to November there is also a bird guide at the hermitage.
Julie Geyton (Staff)
Neeleshwar may be a seven hour journey by train from Cochin but it is worth every second. The property is a hidden tropical gem set in palm groves and on a lagoon next to an unspoilt white sandy beach. This luxurious boutique property is small and comprises of 18 thatched cottages with large bedrooms and outside Kerala style bathrooms. The Property uses local artisans who make the furniture in each room and the property has an amazing library courtesy of Alistair Shearer, a British Historian and novelist and some of these rare books may be borrowed whilst staying at Neelshwar. Morning yoga classes are complimentary and there is no excuse that you have nothing to wear as the hotel has a resident tailor that will run you up a yoga outfit in four house made to measure ! As well as this the hotel has a houseboat called the LOTUS HOuseboat which has been made to very high specifications and can be used for day, evening or night cruises. Many guests end their holiday with a three day cruise on the Lotus Houseboat which means you are three hours from the airport when you disembark. the good news Kunnar will soon be given an international license which means that you can fly in or out of Kunnar making Neeleshwar that much closer.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Neeleshwar Hermitage, 'for the rest of your life'. A serenely elegant hotel nestled under the coconut palms on the shores of the Arabian Sea. The friendly staff greeted me with the ritual Tilak mark on my forehead and a delightfully smelling garland of white jasmine flowers. The airconditioned accommodation is in very private detached thatched cottages adorned with locally carved wood. The open air restaurants provide a selection of traditional Keralan cuisine with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. Close to the shore at the Meenakshi Fish restaurant I enjoyed the locally caught fish of the day. The authentic Ayurveydic Massage should not be missed.
Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.
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.
Location & directions
Neeleshwar, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Neeleshwar Hermitage is set on an unspoilt beach in northern Kerala - a region traditionally known as Malabar - about 25km south of the town of Kasaragod.
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