Edakkal Hermitage and India’s only Cave Restaurant

Hermitage, by definition is a remote, small dwelling for living in solitude. Down the the slopes of Ambukuthy hills in Wayanad and near the pre-historic caves of Edakkal, Hermitage seems to be the right name for this resort.

Cosy cottages built around boulders and nestled among coffee plants and under the foliage of large trees, the wilderness has a homely feel to it as well. May be because, we grew up in Kerala. Or may be it was the absence of the typical resort like setting with far too many artificial props and service staff running around. The non-intrusive service was apparent.

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Early morning sun rays filters through the foliage @ Edakkal Hermitage Resort

 

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Cosy cottages

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The resort is build around rocks on the hill slopes provides many natural spots for amazing views

 Waking upto the cacophony of bulbuls, wood-peckers, mynahs and drongos is joyful. Plant yourself on a boulder in front of your cottage, with a cup of hot tea, a binocular, camera and a book on birds. And simply forget time. That’s what we did in the mornings. Being November, we spotted the winter visitor to this part of the world – Indian Pita.

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Fresh morning. Bird watching by the room and tea on the rocks

However, the surprise was the unique experience of cave dinner. While it was mentioned during our bookings, it was quite a surprise. A small cave accommodating 2-3 dining tables, lit by candles had a surreal feeling to it. This perhaps is the only cave restaurant in India.

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The entrance to the unique cave restaurant

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The candle-lit cave dinner

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The candle-lit cave dinner

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The candle-lit cave dinner

 

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Edakkal Hermitage has only seven cottages that is spread across the hill slopes, sufficiently spaced apart, and built at different elevations offering great views.

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Friends at the hermitage

Edakkal Hermitage is in Edakkal, 25 kms from Kalpetta in Wayanad, Kerala. Nearest railway station and airports are at Kozhikode (Calicut). Wayanad is also accessible from Mysore/Bangalore.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Tushar

    Wow. . That is something very interesting. With those candle lights and the cave – the restaurant is inviting to tour. Thanks for writing. Cheers!!

  2. Param

    Wow. What a place! Book marking it now. Have always loved quaint places inside wilderness without disturbing nature….

  3. Carlo Cretaro

    We’re heading to India in August for a few months, and will definitely check out this cave restaurant if we manage to get ourselves to Kerela 🙂 

  4. Suresh

    Solitude!! Longing for it,however it still eludes the city dwellers like us..Hats off for your spirit to enjoy life..Keep walking!

    Love,Suresh

  5. nadia

    Wow, what a unique way to have dinner! I had no idea there is a cave restaurant in India. In fact, even my Keralite colleague hasn’t heard of this place. Thank you so much for sharing this information. 

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