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Culture & Heritage

Malabar is a place that reveals its treasures slowly.

Beneath its modern veneer lies a traditional world in which the energies of the human spirit are still alive, evoked in temples and village shrines by many magnificent rituals. 

At The Hermitage we offer a key link with the people we live amongst, and their time-honoured customs. We are fortunate to be able to offer our guests a unique cultural programme, under the guidance of our Cultural Director, Alistair Shearer MA (Cantab); MA (Lancs); FRSA; FRAS. ( The programme revolves around Alistair’s evening lectures. Covering topics that range from history, art, and architecture to religion and philosophy, they are delivered in a relaxed and informal setting, usually before dinner. As well as these lectures, we offer musical concerts and dance performances, and visits and guided tours to local temples and festivals, many of which are not usually seen by tourists. The Hermitage is also a living celebration of the artistic richness of India. 


Theyyam Festivals October - April.

Festival of Light

"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)