“Facing the sea, this eco-friendly detox spa/yoga/ayurvedic centre has 16 bungalows also has a 2 cabin rice barge (Lotus Houseboat) for taking backwater cruises.”,
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Eco FriendlyEco Friendly
Swimming PoolSwimming Pool

Hotel Description

Set in a secluded palm grove beside the Arabian Sea in Northern Kerala, Neeleshwar Hermitage breathes tranquillity. Built according to Kerala Vatsu’s traditional architectural principles, the cottages are a mix of wood and thatch architecture with contemporary touches. The resort features 2 restaurants, a large swimming pool facing the sea, a spa/yoga centre, and an unspoilt white sand beach.

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Hotel Facilities & Highlights

Neeleshwar Hermitage highlight
Infinity pool 20 x 8 m
Neeleshwar Hermitage highlight
The Annapurna restaurant, dedicated to the Goddess of Nourishment, specialises in authentic, predominantly vegetarian food, honed by ayurvedic teaching on the importance of attending to the appearance, balance, flavour, enjoyment and nutritional effects of any dish. Meenakshi, the beachside restaurant, serves superb fresh fish caught by the local long boats, healthy lunchtime salads and delicious light meals.
Neeleshwar Hermitage highlight
Genuine Ayurvedic treatments are practised in the traditional way, in collaboration with the Sahayadri Foundation, one of the few 100% organic herbal medicine manufacturers in India. All the preparations used are completely natural and organically produced, and are sourced in a way that does not impact negatively on the environment. Disadvantaged tribal groups in the Sahayadri mountains in Kerala are producing for Neeleshwar Hermitage guaranteeing them stable employment, fair wages and social improvements. 20 Ayurvedic treatments on the menu, both general and localised.
Neeleshwar Hermitage highlight
Early morning by the beach is the best place to see them. Kites, Brahminy, Grey-headed Eagles, Fishing Eagles, White-bellied Sea Eagles nesting just north of our lagoon (one of only 38 pairs known in Kerala), Black, long-necked Little Cormorants, Little Eagrets, golden Bee Eaters, Sandpipers, Green and Red Shanks, White-breasted Kingfishers with long beak, are often seen. In the gardens: purple-rumped Sunbirds, Pond Heron and Flameback Woodpeckers can be seen climbing the trees in the early evening, usually in pairs. Malabar is very rich in bird life, having over 340 species.

Your Host & The Team

Altaf ChapriAltaf Chapri
“I believe that India has the oldest and most gracious system of refined hospitality, and with my team, we are keen to bring this to the attention of all beyond our shores." After the creation of Neeleshwar Hermitage on a glorious beach in Malabar - the unexplored beauty of northern Kerala - and the addition of a rice barge on the backwaters, connected to the Hermitage  and giving guests the opportunity to visit some of the least visited temples and villages in Kerala, the property has won twice the award by CNBC TRAVEL for Best Resort for health and rejuvenation. Altaf recently restored and upgraded his father's houseboat in Kashmiri’s Dal lake and launched the only Eco Luxury houseboat and only Secret Retreats in Kashmir.”

We Care

Neeleshwar Hermitage offers a peaceful and serene escape while emphasising activities that are both sustainable and local. As ambassadors of the local land, the resort provides bikes on a complimentary basis, along with maps that highlight nearby temples and the estuary, cultivating environmentally conscious sightseeing. The resort also encourages guests to immerse themselves in the surrounding natural beauty of the area with an eco-walk in the paddy fields or a relaxing hike in the Ranipuran Western Ghats. In addition, Neeleshwar Hermitage joins in preservation efforts at the local turtle hatchery, home and shelter to many rare and beautiful turtles, which guests can reach via the beach.

Neeleshwar Hermitage also serves as an ideal gateway for exploration of a village just beyond its gates where guests can immerse themselves in the daily life of friendly locals. Members of staff often invite guests to their homes for tea and traditional refreshments, sharing in a mutually memorable exchange and offering the opportunity to experience authentic local culture. Guests can return home with a thoughtful token of their experience with a piece of local and sustainable clothing created by Neeleshwar Hermitage's in-house tailor.

Welcome to Kerala

Bounded by the vast Arabian Sea on India’s southwestern shores in Northern Kerala, tranquillity permeates the air in Malabar. Celebrating life with myriad marvellous rituals and colourful annual festivals, the hospitable people who dwell here are significantly influenced by their innate belief in their deities.

Useful Information

Total number of rooms: 18
Annual closing:
open all year

Time zone: (GMT+05:30) New Delhi
Currency accepted: INR
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity plug type:    
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Nearest Airport: Name & Code Mangalore - IXE - 95 km
Nearest Railway Station: Name & Code Calicut - CCJ - 186 km

Neeleshwar Hermitage, Ozhinhavalappu, Padanakkad, Neeleshwaram, 671314 Kasaragod-Dist., India


Time & Weather

Current Temperature

26° C

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Local Time

1:40 pm