Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat: A Pampering Vacation In Munnar, Kerala

Review of Kaivalayam Retreat | Moolakada, Pallivasal
Kaivalayam Retreat
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Rolling tea gardens with a smattering of cardamom spice plantations, waterfalls, mountain air, and tall, tall trees, all abound at the Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat in Munnar, Kerala. The Munnar region, situated at 4500 feet (1500 meters) above sea level provides a wonderful respite from the sultry, tropical weather of Cochin and surroundings. The temperatures here are 5-10 degrees cooler and there is little humidity. Historically, Munnar was a hill station that the British developed to help escape the heat. They brought along with them the cultivation of tea, and the very green tea gardens stretch up and down the hills and mountains of Munnar, intriguing in their orderliness and clipped precision. Read on to learn more about a stay at Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat.

Treehouse rooms are special

Treetop living

This small boutique hotel offers a variety of rooms including smaller and larger suites, each with a comfortable double bed, separate sitting area, and outdoor porch. The bathrooms with either stall shower or large tub are well outfitted with luxurious soaps provided. A kettle and tea and coffee as well as bottled water is provided at no extra charge. The views from the rooms are magnificent. In addition to the twelve suite rooms there are four treetop rooms, a treat not to be missed! Large picture windows also ensure a perfect view. Perched high up in the trees directly above the cardamom plantation, a stay in the treetop room is luxury right in the heart of nature.

Yoga and meditation

Yoga shala

Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat provides both balm for the body and the soul in the form of daily yoga classes in the morning and meditation sessions in the evening lead by the host, Harish. These classes are held (at no extra charge) in the picturesque, open air yoga shala amid the trees.

Plantation walks, waterfalls, and tea-tasting

Tea garden

Walking and trekking are the activities of choice at Kaivalyam. The driver will drop you off at one of several locations to enjoy a walk through the tea gardens or a hike to a sparkling waterfall with a picturesque tea shop right on its banks. On the grounds there is a guided walk through the cardamom plantations offering a glimpse into the glorious nature and wildlife that surrounds. At the end of the day you can join Harish for a tea tasting talk to get an insider’s view about the various kinds of teas, their tastes and health benefits.

Satvic dining - a vegetarian's dream

View from the balcony

Special mention of the wonderful culinary delights that await visitors to this special hotel. The small restaurant serves up excellent pure vegetarian food with both local Kerala cuisine and dishes from other parts of India as well. Breakfast is included with the room, and lunch and dinners are a la carte. Service is always with a smile and the food is made with care and love.

A stay in Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat: Good for the body and the soul

This retreat into nature is balm for both body and soul. Immersing yourself in the green surroundings of Kaivalyam, the trees, the tea gardens and spice plantations, listening to the birds, practicing yoga and meditation, and eating wonderful, healthy food go a long way to healing the stresses of everyday life. Book your stay here the next time you’re in Munnar!

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