Just two hours from Mangalore’s international airport, Neeleshwar Hermitage is a hidden tropical destination set in a secluded palm grove in Northern Kerala. Authentic ayurveda and spa treatments, a huge infinity pool, unobtrusive individual service, meticulous attention and a deliciously varied cuisine combines to induce a sense of complete relaxation and wellbeing at this secluded beach resort. Traditional Keralan wood-and-thatch architecture is balanced with stylish contemporary touches and familiar modern comforts.The resort overlooks an unspoiled beach with swimmable seas most of the year. Each of the 18 cottages has been modeled on traditional fishermen’s huts, embellished with carved and dressed woodwork fashioned in traditional style by local craftsmen. Cottages are private, comfortable and individual in character. The resort is ideal for a yoga and wellness break, as the building is positioned amidst verdant foliage; light and airy, each structure is named after a traditional yogic virtue. We love the variety of experiences on offer here – cycle through local fishing villages, enjoy a houseboat on the untouched northern backwaters or take a traditional Keralan cooking class with one of the world class chefs.