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Stunning Surroundings

Hermitage Information

A unique retreat hotel in Northern Kerala.

Design

An oasis of calm set in twelve naturally landscaped acres, Neeleshwar Hermitage is built according to the traditional architectural principles of Kerala Vastu. The whole site oriented to the east and the rising sun, while the buildings are all placed in correct relation to each other, the four directions and the site as a whole.  The traditional wood-and-thatch architecture is balanced with stylish contemporary touches and familiar modern comforts.  The site overlooks a gloriously unspoiled beach of sand, stretching as far as the eye can see in both directions. The sea is clean and safe for swimming most of the year.

Service

Our sensitive and attentive staff offers Keralan hospitality with unparalleled attention to detail. From the signature coconut drink that greets your arrival to the smiling faces genuinely sorry to see you leave, everything here is carefully and subtly designed around your personal needs.

Location

Northern Kerala, traditionally known as Malabar, is a jewel awaiting discovery. Empty beaches fringed by coconut plantations, peaceful inland waterways and lush hillside spice gardens are features of an undisturbed rhythm of life set against the immensity of the ocean.

The Hermitage is approximately two hours from Mangalore international airport and between four and five hours from Calicut international airport. It is directly linked with the rest of the state by air, road and train.

Our Name

200% at Neeleshwar Hermitage

Many of our guests are intrigued as to the origin of our name. The idea of 'the hermitage' goes back to the retreats built by Renaissance princes on their country estates as places to commune with God. The term was later applied by Louis XIV the ‘Sun King’ of France, and other monarchs, to country residences where court ceremony and formality were abandoned in favour of the simple life. Peter the Great imported the idea to Russia, building a ‘Hermitage’ in his country palace and using it for private entertainments, and his successor, Catherine the Great, built her own  hermitage pavilions onto the Winter Palace, filled with works of art, as places to entertain her friends and lovers.  

Here in Neeleshwar Hermitage, we have adjusted this European tradition by blending in traditional Indian motifs. Neeleshwar means 'the Blue Lord' in Sanskrit and is one of the many names of Shiva, the Hindu god of Transformation and lord of Yoga. The use of temple carving and lotus motifs around the hotel, the many paintings, prints, and images of deities in the rooms, the use of blue in the main dining room, are all ways in which we allude to the presence of Shiva and his retinue, that infuses the atmosphere of our paradise garden.  

So we aim to offer our guests a 200% experience: 100% material enjoyment, where they can relax and feel like royalty amidst highly civilised surroundings, and 100% spiritual inspiration, nurtured by the ancient Indian tradition of forest retreats that cultivate yogic wisdom and insight.

FACILITIES AND AMENITIES

Our Complimentary Services  
Bed tea with special Hermitage flowers Breakfast as per choice
Daily Newspaper Fruits available in restaurant
Shampoo Soap Bar
Body Moisturizer Conditioner
Parking RO purified drinking water
Wi-Fi  
Complimentary Services on request  
Group Yoga session for 45 minutes every morning Consultation with our in-house ayurveda doctor
Services on request  
Doctor on call Medical assistance
Shaving kit Shower cap
Services provided on chargeable basis  
Taxi on call Ayurvedic massage
Cookery class Yoga and Meditation sessions
Sight Seeing to nearby places Short cruise in the backwaters
Features  
Restaurants 2
Rooms & Suites 18
Swimming Pool Yes
A/C Rooms Yes
Location  
Nearest Airport Kannur 76km
Nearest Train Station Neeleshwar 4km
Bekal Fort 15km
Kannur 70km
Coorg District 130km
Wayanad District 150km
Koxhicode (Calicut Airport) 170km
Kochi (Cochin) 360km
Bangalore 390km

Reviews

Rani has taken such a amazing care of me for the last week.

I feel like a completely different person. Truly the best Christmas present – lots of tender love and care. So thank you Rani ! And everyone else at the spa who has been lovely and kind. 

Georgina Boothman
2022-09-27

"Neeleshwar, a small coastal village in Northern Kerala, has many gods - Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian take your pick - and more than a hint of the divine. .... A journey along the Malabar Coast, as the area is romantically known, is an Indian myth made real...This place - with its red earth as if imported from Mars - feels other; this isn't the India where you queue for a stature or jostle for a seat; northern Kerala gets hardly any tourists and lacks the tick-box sights you find elsewhere. This is its magic; strange things happen here, tales of the unexpected."

The Sunday Times Travel
2022-06-17
"The greeting in Neeleshwar set the tone of the coming week: it was warm, professional, calm and had an understated attention to detail that meant you could completely relax into the arms of the place. Neeleshwar is beautiful, superbly run and the best place I have ever visited for recharging a weary body and mind. By the end of the week I felt 10 years younger."
Monty Don ( Gardening expert)