Neeleshwar Hermitage

Neeleshwar Hermitage near Bekal

Neeleshwar Hermitage is a dreamy beach and spa hotel in North Kerala.

One of a kind and undoubtedly one of the best beach hotels in Kerala, this delightful place is set in a palm grove, just back from an unspoiled and safe beach. It has an immensely calm and peaceful atmosphere and has been constructed according to the architectural principles of Kerala Vastu. The traditional, thatched cottages house 16 rooms and are large, airy and wonderfully inviting, comfortable and spacious. Each has its own verandah and most look straight out to sea. They have been beautifully designed and decorated with polished wood pillars, gleaming teak floors and stone, partially open-air bathrooms with state of the art fixtures and fittings. Deep mattresses and fine linen ensure a good night’s sleep after spending time in the spa and Ayurvedic centre.

Along with yoga, backwater cruises, long walks down the pristine beach, visits to local temples, forts and villages, a stay here also allows you to gain an insight into local culture by way of fascinating evening lectures and cookery classes. Needless to say, the fresh seafood and mouth-watering local and international cuisine will have you longing for the next meal! Having recently been asked to join (and accepted) the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, this heavenly hideaway deserves such an accolade as it’s delicious in every way!

After travelling around the hills and jungles of North or South Kerala, at last there is now a superb beach hotel where one can be pampered, explore locally and enjoy beach life at its best!

Eco / environmental / responsible tourism policy

Considering themselves as fortunate stewards of the local land, we Neeleshwar Hermitages does it can to create an eco-friendly environment:

  • They are a non-smoking hotel.
  • All kitchen waste is recycled to provide bio-gas for cooking and heating.
  • All human waste is purified and used to water the garden.
  • All garden waste is recycled to make mature compost.
  • All burnable waste is incinerated on site.
  • Water is conserved.
  • The gardens are kept free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers.
  • The site has been landscaped to encourage butterflies and a large range of local and migratory birds.
  • Neeleshwar Hermitage operates a strictly ‘minimal plastic' policy. To this end they use bags made of cotton and recycled paper (which gives work to the local people).
  • Bottled water consumed by tourists generates a veritable mountain of plastic every single day. Accordingly, they have decided to forego the considerable profit gained from selling bottled water, and instead provide their guests drinking water purified on site by the most up-to-date method ('reverse osmosis'). This water comes in copper jugs which, according to Ayurveda, give it added nutritional value. Not only is this water safe, nutritious and delicious to drink, but it leaves no plastic footprint.

As part of their commitment to ecological awareness and the fostering and preservation of all wildlife in the area, they have established the Malabar Foundation. This organisation works with relevant governmental bodies, local NGO's and also other hotels in the region to do everything we can to raise awareness of, and implement genuinely beneficial programmes for, the precious ecology of Malabar.

Neeleshwar Hermitage's wider interest in the Ecology of the whole area around the hotel includes clear policies of employing over 80% local staff to maintain the traditional infrastructure as much as they can.  Their business suppliers of goods and services likewise are all local and integrated with the immediate community.  They actively support local culture in a sympathetic manner with more than just money to maintain temples and mosques in the vicinity.

Reservations

For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,or the hotel direct.

 
Must Do

Visit a local Theyyam festival and get your favourite clothes copied.

 
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Access

By air to Mangalore followed by a 2 - 3 hour road journey.

By train to Nileshwar from Mangalore, Cochin, Calicut, Tellicherry, Cannanore, Trichur followed by a 10 minute road journey.

By road from Mangalore, Sultan Battery, Tellicherry, Coorg, Nagarhole and Mysore.

 
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