About The Mandala A Nature Boutique Resort
The Hermitage Guest House is a well-appointed and secluded working farm set amidst the lush forests of the Western Ghats. If you are a Wildlife enthusiast or Nature Watcher, keen on Birding in India, a Nature Photographer, enjoy Trekking, or just simply love the outdoors, then the Hermitage is a perfect holiday destination for you.
Your Farm stay at the Hermitage will give you an opportunity to experience and observe life in Rural India, an opportunity seldom presented to the international traveler. Have a close encounter with Provincial India, the Village Community, and its Culture.
Facilities & Amenities at The Hermitage Guest House:- Star Gazing
- Excursions by 4 x 4 Jeep
The Recreation Area:
If you are in the mood for company here is where is it all happens, this is also the dinning area complete with a barbecue pit. You will find comfortable chairs for lounging and chatting. The 'Bhum' for hot water is also located here. The notice board will bring you up to date with the latest news.
Dinning at The Hermitage Guest House:
Their pride themselves on our food, which is both wholesome and healthy, assured by using only the freshest of ingredients, natural herbs and spices, and low cholesterol sunflower oil. We cater to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Parsee cooking has its roots in the community’s Persian heritage, and the resemblance remains to modern Iranian food. One such likeness that Parsees and Iranians share is their affinity for meat and eggs, [both Iranian and Parsee cooking use them well], and there is no tradition of vegetarian cooking in either cuisine. Parsee food has of course been influenced by the traditions of Indian cooking, notably by the food culture of Western India. Ginger and Garlic, fresh herbs particularly mint, and the spices coriander and cumin, are all generously used in Parsee cooking.
Anglo Indian Cooking:
Memories of Kofta Curry and Yellow Rice at Sunday lunch.
Dry Fry, Pepper Water and Pappadums!Anglo-Indian cuisine, as the name suggests is a delicious blend of East and West. The Western preference for meat and eggs is balanced with the Indian affinity for vegetables, rice, and pulses. The Anglo Indian Kitchen is perfectly capable of producing a delectable Irish Stew as it is a dish of Pork Vindaloo.
Accommodation at The Hermitage Guest House:Experience the art of simple living without electricity, without television and the other trappings of modern life. Comfortable and very enjoyable nevertheless.
The Machan: A home on stilts eleven feet above the ground with great views. Built with bamboo and wood. There is a private western style bathroom at ground level, open to the sky. Look up and delight in the green forest canopy, you will find it far more interesting than a book! Cold running water supplied on tap, hot water available from a 'Bhum', located near by. The Machan is not electrified.
The Kadaba: Built in the traditional style of the area, the Kadaba is a typical village home. Based on a raised foundation of rammed earth, the Kadaba is built of bamboo, wood and mud plaster. Modern western style bathroom, open to the sky, built with bamboo and thatch. Cold running water supplied on tap, hot water available from a 'Bhum' located close by in the recreation area. Not electrified (Two young children can also be accommodated in this cottage.)
The Gota: Is a rural cottage, with cool soothing interiors. The floors are locally made red clay tiles, and the roof is distinctive, because of the old recycled, hand made village tiles. There is a modern western style bathroom attached, with running hot and cold water. The Gota is electrified. (Two young children can also be accommodated in this cottage.)