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Reviewed 24 January 2022

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, what not is available at her cafe, equal warmth as if you're home away from home and she never fails to impress you with the vivid collection at her cafe.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 11 March 2020

Just like most of the people, I did stumble across this shop almost accidentally. I wasn’t looking for anything particular, but I am glad that I discovered this quaint little shop, full of marvels. The shop is flitting with handicrafts collected from across the country....Each one is hand-picked, exquisite and notable. I found it a tad bit pricey, however taking into account the effort that would have gone into collecting these artifacts, it is worth the price. I purchased a terracotta bird caller, tried out a few times and was truly mesmerized with its efficiency in attracting birds. Unbelievable!!! I did try out the rainmaker, it was simple bamboo filled in with some kind of seed and each time you moved it, it would produce sounds as if it was raining. I do not recollect the name of the lady running this shop, however, what I do remember was she was extremely warm and affable. She explained to me about the various crafts and showed me what some of them did. There is a variety of crafts displayed ranging from handmade dolls, organic cotton scarves, jewelry, pottery, terracotta, wood, bamboo, cane, wrought iron, paper mâché, coconut products, ceramics, metal works, leather items, shell & stone things, hats, bags, toys, local art, paintings and much more. You would want to purchase each and everything available in the shop. The shop supports indigenous arts and crafts and local artists. So, do your part and when in Bandhavgarh do purchase a few things from there and support the artists.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Just as you cross the gates for the park, bang on the main road you will see this unobtrusive little place. Walk in and be surprised by a veritable treasurehouse of crafts from all over India. It was a joy to browse thru. Adding to...the whole experience are the stories behind how and from where the beautiful pieces were sourced. This place is a must visit if you are in Bandhavgarh.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 16 June 2019

We accidentally stumbled upon this place on our Visit to Bandhavgarh. The shop has such beautiful and rare handicraft items that one is sure to be dazzled by it. The owner of the shop is a very lovely lady Ms. Neelam, who enthusiastically shows and...explains all the artefacts. A definitely must go place!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 26 April 2019

Did not use the cafe but visited the adjoining tribal art store run by this dynamic lady in close proximity to our hotel.. She had a great collection of artifacts collected from all parts of India from household items - bedlinen, table cloths and jewellery,...sarees, shawls to books and ornaments. Lovely to browse around and picked up a couple of things. Recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Wonderful place for the enthusiastic who dwell in surroundings of art and craft, but alas, you need to be there to experience " MALAYA ". The owner Neelam is a soft spoken person with a wide knowledge of the crafts in her shop ,and goes...out of her way to make you mindful of the variety that she has to offer A must visit at the sleepy hamlet called BANDHAVGARHMore

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 28 December 2018

This place looks different even from outside and is a different world inside. The place has a collection of artifacts collected from different parts of India by Ms Neelam Varma. She is an inspiring lady and you should definitely ask her about her travel stories....We didn't have food here but we bought some stuff. You can get some snack bites and coffee over here. The charm of the place makes it very special. Also if you are in Bandhavgarh and you have some celebrations, you can order a cake from this place.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

The cafe is run by a dynamic lady. For breakfast you need to inform a day prior. Food is very tasty. A must visit place for foodies and art lovers.

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

We saw this place while just passing by n the whole get up tempted us to visit. The owner Ms Neelam Verma takes you through a round about n gives u all the details of each piece of artefacts at her store..... really commendable collection....She collects them from various places in India n Madhya Pradesh when Bandhavgarh is closed during rains for three months and one is definitely tempted to buy bcs many of the items we didn't get to see elsewhere in any shops that we went to during our tour of Madhya Pradesh. Loved the tribal musical instruments n Ms Neelam played each instrument for us. Also loved her idea of a personal touch cafe. Really appreciate her sharing about the narmada arti in the evening at Jabalpur. Its bcs of her that we could go there on Diwali evening for the Divine experience. A must visit when you are in bandhavgarh.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Ms.Neelam Verma the owner of the Cafe Malaya.She is such an inspiring lady.She has a beautiful collection of handmade artwork which she collects from different cities and villages of India.Must visit this place if you ever been to BANDHAVGARH.

Date of visit: October 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5