Paradisa Plantation Retreat has a magical location with spectacular views over the hills
Enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine here
Taste the home grown coffee with your breakfast on the sun drenched terrace.
Excellent service and expert knowledge from Simon, Maria and the rest of the staff
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.
Paradisa Plantation Retreat is just 90-minutes from Periyar National Park and set on terraces carved into the beautiful Cardamom Hills, it is a haven of wildlife and relaxation.
Paradisa Plantation Retreat comprises individual wooden villas each built in the traditional Kerala-style and embellished with handpicked antique columns. The retreat sits comfortably in its surroundings and allows the guest to enjoy not only the beautiful view of the Cardamom Hills, but also Paradisa’s very own organically grown coffee and spice plantations. Seeing where the spices grow and then tasting them in your dinner is its own sort of farm-to-table experience.
Each of the villas has its own private location and personal view of the hills. The locally sourced food is delicious and the hopsitality you'll receive from the friendly team at Paradisa is second to none.
For those people who simply want to get away, everything you could possibly desire is provided at the resort, including yoga, acupuncture, astrology and evening performances of Indian classical music and dance. For the more adventurous guests the resort offers plantation walks, golf and some great adventure trips, including a visit to Periyar Tiger Reserve which is only 37km away.
There are two room types at Paradisa Plantation Retreat. Choose from the Two Bedroom Cardamom Cottage or the One Bedroom Deluxe Room. All are built in traditional Keralan style and furnished with hand-picked antiques to reflect the rich culture and peacefulness of the retreat.
The facilities at Paradisa include a swimming pool, yoga, astrology and a restaurant overlooking the coffee and spice plantations. The food served is excellent; typical Keralan cuisine which can be enjoyed whilst watching a performance of Indian music and dancing put on each night. There are also many explorations close by that can be organised by the manager Simon and the rest of the team as well as a spa only 6kms away where many Ayruvedic therapies are available.
Relax at the retreat enjoying the amazing views, learn to cook typical Kerlan dishes with the hotel chef or trek through a coffee and spice plantation and take a look at the factory. Visit the Periyar tiger reserve, fly a kite at Panchalimedu or play 9 holes at the Peermade Golf Club which dates back to the time of the British in India. For those looking to unwind, yoga and acupuncture are available at the retreat and an Ayurvedic spa is located only 6kms away where you can chose from a variety of treatments.
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.
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.
Take a jungle walk in Periyar National Park. You will see a variety of bird life and small mammals, including Nilgiri Black Langurs (a type of monkey), deer, giant squirrels and if you are lucky wild elephants.
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.
Nestled in the at the foot of the Cardamom hills in Kerala, Paradisa Plantation Retreat is surrounded by it's own coffee and spice plantation.
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