PARADISA PLANTATION RETREAT ,MURINJAMPUZHA

   

Picture the earth in all its glory. Warm sunny mornings that end cool, starry nights. Birdsong. Greenery. Peace.

The Maharajas of Travancore chose this setting in the pristine hills of Kerala for their summer palace. Paradisa Plantation Retreat is also set against this backdrop, on our organically grown coffee and spice plantation. This area, renowned for its tea plantations, is on the ascent to the Cardamom Hills. The Retreat comprises traditional wooden Kerala houses, placed individually for complete privacy. The tree house was built by the tribal people of the area. Great care has been taken in the construction of the Retreat, not to alter the lay of the land, thereby preserving the original landscape.

THE LEGEND

The great Indian epic, the Mahabharata, has the five Pandava princes as its protagonists. Legend has it that the Pandava princes and their wife Panchali camped at a breathtakingly beautiful site, half a kilometer from the Retreat, later called 'Panchalimedu'. The remnants of their stay still exist.

ABOUT THE RETREAT

What seemed like an impossible dream has come true at Paradisa Plantation Retreat . Countless others have also been given the opportunity to fulfill their dream of a perfect getaway, in communion with the best of nature.

The architecture of the retreat is based on the traditional Kerala style wooden houses. These have been embellished with priceless antique columns and artifacts, all personally handpicked and placed, creating an ambience of quiet cultural richness.

As this is a power deficient area, captive power is used for about two hours in the morning and from dusk to
midnight. Antique lanterns and night lamps are provided in each room.

Ayurveda

'Ayurveda' means the 'science of life'. It is an ancient system of preventive medicine, which provides remedies for illnesses and prescribes ideal lifestyles to prevent the onset of sickness and disease. Excelent treatments are available at our inhouse ayurveda centre under the expert guidance of a qualified doctor and his team.

Astrology

Astrology is one of the areas which reflects the mysticism of India. An astrologer is available on request with prior appointment.

Acupuncture

A world renowned physician is available for consultation with prior appointment.

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient science, which upholds wellness as a state of being where the mind and body co-exist in complete harmony. Yogic exercises are designed for the attainment of peace through physical and mental well-being. Paradisa Plantation Retreat offers you the opportunity to be introduced to this ancient Indian discipline.

PLANTATION EXPLORATIONS


There is plenty to do besides soaking up the peace and quiet. A trek through the plantation is an education. See the cultivation and harvesting of coffee, cardamom, cloves and pepper. The tea plantations, factory and the cardamom-processing unit are well worth a visit.

The scenic countryside invites you to take long walks. The heady combination of raw nature and the clean air is a potent restorative.


ADVENTURE SPORTS


For those who need a bit of action, hang gliding, paragliding and powered gliding can be arranged on request with an instructor in attendance. The surrounding areas offer great spots for rock climbing and rappelling. There are many trekking routes to suit the capability of the novice or the expert.

Less adventurous but thoroughly exhilarating, flying a kite at Panchalimedu lets you rediscover the child in you.


EXCURSIONS

Using the Retreat as your base, you could visit Periyar Tiger Reserve which is only 37 kilometers away. Going on a picnic is a great way to absorb the bounty of nature.


KERALA CUISINE


The cuisine of Kerala is appreciated all over the world . Our chef will teach you how to cook any dish on the menu that you particularly like. Regular cooking classes can be arranged on request.

CULTURAL EVENINGS


To help you unwind at the end of the day performances of Indian classical music will be staged at the restaurant.

Kathakali is Kerala's legacy to the world of dance drama. Kerala's own classical dance form is Mohiniattam, the dance of the celestial enchantress. Bharatanatyam, though borrowed from the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, is widely practised in Kerala. We offer you the enriching experience of being audience to these performances.

MEDIA REVIEWS

The Abercrombie & Kent Travel Guide 2004, brought out by the Tatler , UK has listed the Retreat as one among their 101 top hotels in the world.

"Kerala has lifestyle karma. This is the India where the done-Rajasthan crowd wants to be, as do the yoga girlies and those seeking AAA: ayurveda, astrology and acupuncture. How cool is this: a divine retreat on organic coffee and spice plantation, lit by antique lanterns? Paradisa's cottages have been designed as traditional Keralan wooden houses, with swanky coloumns and a treehouse constructed by local tribal people using age-old jungle techniques. For ayurveda freaks, the Sahyadri Ayurvedic Hospital is four miles away. Serious stuff. Swamy Jagadeeswaranada rocks up as a yoga master - just saying his name is a verbal asana. The swimming-pool is in the shape of a giant foot-print; you can also trek to a beautiful lake in the jungle, paraglide or visit the Periyar tiger reserve."

The British Airways High Life Feb 2004 issue, under 52 Best Hideaways

"High in the hills south-east of Cochin lies this organic coffee and spice plantation dotted with wooden cottage suites in classic old Kerala style. Where the Maharajas of Travancore used to cool their addled brains, so latter-day lowlanders go to rejuvenate, practising yoga on an outdoor platform, breathing in the pure air and wraparound views".

The nearest airport is the Cochin airport.

 

The nearest railway station is the Kottayam station.

 

The Retreat is well connected by road to all destinations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

 

Paradisa Plantation Retreat is located at Murinjapuzha on the Kottayam - Kumily road, en route to the Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady.

 

Periyar Tiger Reserve-37 kms

 

Kumarakom-80 kms

 

Cochin -140 kms

 

Trivandrum -176 kms

 

Munnar -135 kms

 

Madurai  -179 kms