Our home base for the retreat will be the INDeco Hotel in the town of Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu, on the outskirts of Kumbakonam. From here we will take day trips by chartered air conditioned coach to local sites.
INDeco Swamimalai is a destination in itself. On forested grounds, this stately heritage hotel is composed of a variety of buildings reflecting different styles of architecture, including a restored 1896 villa and an ancient palace brought to the site in pieces to be painstakingly restored.
With countless activities on site, there is much to see, including the wild deer, geese, and the resident peacocks. Other activities include bullock cart rides, cow milking, bicycle rides to the nearby village, and kolam drawing (using colored powder to draw patterns on the ground, also known as rangoli). On a quiet afternoon, you may choose to have an Ayurvedic oil massage or other treatment.
The on-site Indian Heritage Museum represents traditional Tamil lifestyle, artifacts and practices with pieces preserved from many different sites and brought to the museum, which has garnered many awards and commendations.
We will be staying in the Heritage Village block, which offers old world charm in a traditional rural village atmosphere. Some of the buildings here are over 100 years old.
The tile roofs and abundant greenery make you feel like you are in a picture book. The simple, clean rooms come in double or single occupancy with bathrooms featuring modern western toilets.
Delicious Fresh Organic Meals
Our meals will be held at our retreat center and will feature organic fruits and vegetables grown in the in-house garden and milk from the in-house dairy. The fresh and local produce prepared for a diverse clientele assures that the food is of the highest quality.
Magnificent buffet meals feature traditional South Indian delicacies and dishes unique to the region including long lost recipes that have been rediscovered.