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Plantation Nature Walk

This is a half-day excursion in the lush green hills of Kundamkuzhi, located an hour’s drive north-east of The Hermitage. You will walk through shaded plantations of coconut and areca palm, rubber trees and pepper vines, that are perched on the edge of the hillside with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The area is rich in wild species of many plants – coriander, lemon-grass, chillies, water-apple, papaya – and the walk is fascinating as it gives an idea of the ways in which local people have always lived in harmony with nature. You will visit deep man-made caves which have been dug into the hillsides to provide natural conduits for potable water, have a natural pedicure from feet-nibbling fish, enjoy a water-massage from monsoon waterfalls and learn how to catch frogs using only a thin stem of the palm leaf!

"Neeleshwar is hybrid of a boutique hotel and an Ayurvedic wellness centre. Its 18 palm roofed villas are scattered across the sand, their porches cooled by spinning ceiling fans, and at the rear of each is a large outdoor bathroom with a tub set in a small walled garden. At the seafood restaurant, tables spill out into the beach, freshly draped in new combinations of linens for each meal: turquoise and pink or deep orange and violet."
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