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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I stayed at Niraamaya Retreats, Cardamom County (NRCC) for 5 nights last week. The resort is beautiful, clean and quiet, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and city life (it's a 10-minute drive in from the Kumily-Periyar main road). The forest canopy in and around the resort is teeming with a variety of birds which we enjoyed spotting and identifying. We saw over 50 species of birds during our time at the resort!
We stayed in a lovely wooden cottage called "Fennel". It is higher up on the mountain side and is just a small uphill walk from the main lobby/restaurant building, with a balcony sit-out overlooking the surrounding forests and cardamom plantation. The bed was extremely comfortable and the room was large enough to accommodate an additional full size bed for a third child/adult. The bathroom was spacious and well designed, and the shower had an openable "porthole" window with a green view, which was a very charming touch. Our mountain-view cottage was equipped with a split air-conditioner, a minibar, a tea/coffee making facility and a TV - which we never even switched on during our stay!

The resort has a collection of books (most donated by past guests) and indoor games that you can use during your stay. The gorgeous outdoor infinity pool is surrounded by tall trees that are full of birds in the morning and evening. The pool offers a perfect way to spend a couple of hours of your day. Be sure to book your timings in advance with the staff, as they maintain a schedule for usage by different guests (part of their current Covid safety protocols).

The team at the resort was extremely welcoming, warm and super-helpful. All of them stringently followed hygiene and safety protocols and remained masked during our interactions. Yet their smiles and genuine care effortlessly shone through their eyes and their body language.

We were sent a customised, multi-course menu by WhatsApp before each meal period with a combination of Indian and Western food to choose from. In particular we recommend their breakfast selection and their South Indian food - it was fresh, tasty and healthy.

Special shout-out to Himadri (Operations Manager) along with Ashok and Shikha (F&B Service) and Dhanya (Front Desk) for all their assistance during our visit. They are all superstars!

We highly recommend NRCC for anyone planning a much-needed getaway from reality.

Travel notes: we drove to NRCC from Bengaluru and the roads are in great condition. Google showed the travel time as 9.5 hours, but we did the journey (both going/coming) in 7.5 hours. The resort helped us get a Kerala travel e-permit and I also got an e-permit online for Tamil Nadu (both for our in/out journeys) but these were not asked for at any state border crossing. Also, though we took RT-PCR tests in Kumily 48 hours before returning, they were not checked anywhere while crossing from Kerala to Tamil Nadu or Karnataka. Go figure!

Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Vishi S
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marketing niraamaya, Owner at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review about us - I am so delighted that you are having a wonderful time at Niraamaya. We really do appreciate you mentioning all the aspects of your stay.

It is nice to hear the retreat being endorsed for its perfect settings and the warm hospitality of our staff during your stay. I am personally delighted to hear that the team offered an elevated experience throughout your vacation.

We look forward to welcoming you back and also highly recommend our other retreat in Kovalam and Kumarakom for a truly enchanting experience on your next vacation.

Warm Regards,
Himadri Bhatt

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a truly amazing experience while staying at the Retreat. Everything from the look, feel, ambiance food, pool and most importantly, the hospitality was 10/10. They made sure we celebrate Holi in the best of ways!
Check the season you plan to go.

Date of stay: March 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Pareeta_Chheda
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marketing niraamaya, Owner at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review about us - I am so delighted that you are having a wonderful time at Niraamaya. We really do appreciate you mentioning all the aspects of your stay.

It is nice to hear the retreat being endorsed for its perfect settings and the warm hospitality of our staff during your stay. I am personally delighted to hear that the team offered an elevated experience throughout your vacation.

We look forward to welcoming you back and also highly recommend our other retreat in Kovalam and Kumarakom for a truly enchanting experience on your next vacation.

Warm Regards,
Himadri Bhatt

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful and luxurious property.Excellent staff behaviour.Was a very refreshing experience.Would love to visit again.The chef is also very commendable.Cant think of a better place to stay in thekkady.

Date of stay: March 2021
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank FarheenA44
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marketing niraamaya, Owner at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review about us - I am so delighted that you are having a wonderful time at Niraamaya. We really do appreciate you mentioning all the aspects of your stay.

It is nice to hear the retreat being endorsed for its perfect settings and the warm hospitality of our staff during your stay. I am personally delighted to hear that the team offered an elevated experience throughout your vacation.

We look forward to welcoming you back and also highly recommend our other retreat in Kovalam and Kumarakom for a truly enchanting experience on your next vacation.

Warm Regards,
Himadri Bhatt

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for our first wedding anniversary and had the most wonderful time. The team was very warm and welcoming. It instantly felt comfortable and taken care of. The food was amazing and the team was thoughtful enough to organize a small celebration for us. It meant alot to us and we thoroughly enjoyed staying here.

Date of stay: January 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank sarahrF2994BR
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marketing niraamaya, Owner at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review about us - I am so delighted that you are having a wonderful time at Niraamaya. We really do appreciate you mentioning all the aspects of your stay.

It is nice to hear the retreat being endorsed for its perfect settings and the warm hospitality of our staff during your stay. I am personally delighted to hear that the team offered an elevated experience throughout your vacation.

We look forward to welcoming you back and also highly recommend our other retreat in Kovalam and Kumarakom for a truly enchanting experience on your next vacation.

Warm Regards,
Himadri Bhatt

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our three day stay at Niraamaya Thekkadi was such a relief this season. We booked a mountain view cottage directly with them and I'll remember the cottage, Poppy, for the homely feeling and the well-equipped rooms. The food was the best part. We were lucky to meet the chef on the last day when they gifted us a 'bon voyage' brownie. We had all our meals from their restaurant and they were customized to meet our requirement. Diving into the pool every morning and an 8km trek in the forest made the vacation all the more memorable. We had an awesome, relaxing 1 hr at their spa as well! It was definitely a "vacation". And the super-friendly staff there made the stay all the more better. Special thanks to Shikha, Ashok and Himadri for all the help! The special Praanayama session with Shikha was very helpful. Will definitely recommend this place for a relaxing and satisfying vacation.

Date of stay: March 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank AshlyKoshy
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marketing niraamaya, Owner at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club - Thekkady, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review about us - I am so delighted that you are having a wonderful time at Niraamaya. We really do appreciate you mentioning all the aspects of your stay.

It is nice to hear the retreat being endorsed for its perfect settings and the warm hospitality of our staff during your stay. I am personally delighted to hear that the team offered an elevated experience throughout your vacation.

We look forward to welcoming you back and also highly recommend our other retreat in Kovalam and Kumarakom for a truly enchanting experience on your next vacation.

Warm Regards,
Himadri Bhatt

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