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Tucked away within the quixotic tea valleys and spice plantations of Munnar, "Kaivalyam" is a holistic health wellness retreat that would ensure a cool and relaxing holiday of your dreams. Yoga shala forms the center of day long activity, be it asana, pranayama, meditation, satsang, yogic philosophy, or general discussion. It allows for core energy of the retreat to sublimate into guests leading to experience higher consciousness. A yogic wellness program at Kaivalyam will ensure rejuvenating experience of body, mind, and soul.
The accommodation division consists of 16 rooms spanning four different categories. Luxury rooms form the base category followed by suite rooms. The large windows and louvers of the cottages let in plenty of natural light and air while the rich teak wood furniture and the handmade lamps ensure a touch of ethnic feel.
Tree-top regular and duplex cottages are two other categories in midst of plantation provides an experience of being connected with nature at close proximity. Waking up with listening to birds, beetles, crickets and sun-rays provides ideal setup for rejuvenating holidays. A deck in between the tree house provides open space for contemplating with nature.
The guests are ensured of some of the most modern amenities and facilities to ensure a reclusive holiday without being cut off from the outside world. The farm yard is the main attraction of the retreat theme of organic living and dining. The well-tended spice plantation allows you to take a closer look at the farming activities and if interested, you can try out a hand too! Reception and restaurant provide prompt and customized service to guests to live the concept of "Atithi deva bhava".
Experience a yoga retreat for beginner with Kaivalyam Retreat. The short yogic wellness program caters to visitors who are looking to have a break with yogic rejuvenation. The daily schedule can be modified to includes other activities like sightseeing, hiking, cooking, tea tasting and bird watching. The purpose is to provide a glimpse of yogic wellness (asanas and pranayama) along with attributes like sat kriya (body cleansing), Karma yoga (mind cleansing) and satsang (soul cleansing).
Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat is located seven kilometers from Munnar on Cochin-Munnar highway. Munnar was a summer resort of British Government in South India at around 5400 ft above sea level. It is pronounced "Moon-aar" meaning "Three rivers" in Tamil and Malayalam. There are in fact three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
Munnar comprises of Munnar and surrounding Panchayats of Kanthalloor, Vattavada, Chinnakkanal, Marayoor and Pallivasal and forms a sub region rich in resources for tourism development. This hill station, situated in the Western Ghats, is famous for its salubrious climate through out the year, green carpeted tea plantations, deep valleys and rugged mountains, oceanic reservoirs, mythic ponds and lakes, numerous water falls as well as thick forests and adventurous remote areas.
Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands in Munnar is the Neelakurinji, a blue flower which blooms only every twelve years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, 2695m.
There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. Among these, majority of the plantations are owned by Tata Group's Kannan Devan Tea Estate. A visit to Munnar can witness the nurturing of tea in plantation to the process of manufacturing and packing.
Half the world population of the rare species of mountain goat (Hermitragus hylocrius) Nilgiri Tahr, is now found in the highlands and rocky regions. They have become a species which is fast becoming extinct. Small herds of Nilgiri Tahr are found in the Eravikulam Rajamala region.
The organic landscape, and all its overwhelming colossuses, has been left untouched with the magnificent stretch of wilderness of tall trees where cardamom covered tufts of land beckons one into an aromatic and dreamy landscape. Beautiful landscape, cool climate and wonderfully scented tea leaves are some of the other aspects that make this place a much sought after tourist destination.
One can almost feel the divine vibrations of the past history echoing alive in every tree. And in the silence, hear one's own thoughts taking shape. In this virginal remoteness, even time moves at a different pace.
Sattvic Indian vegetarian food customized for vegan and gluten free is available. The fresh ingredient are from within the retreat farm or locally procured from neighborhood. Special care is taken in preparation so that when served, it is tasty and rich in prana.
To enhance your holiday experience, you can take part in the following activities without additional charge:
Coimbatore International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$63 per person
Cochin International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$42 per person
Transfer available for additional US$63 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). The airport is three hours' drive away from the venue.
You can take a bus from Cochin (four hours), Madurai (four hours and a half), or Coimbatore (five hours).
The nearest rail head is Aluva (3.5 hours' drive).
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