The Experiences

  • Rural tour
  • Nature walk
  • Bird Watching
  • Bullock cart ride

You can soak up the sights and sounds of the village life or is it a bullock-cart ride which will catch your fancy? Learn secret recipes from the women folk or learn about temple rituals from wise old men...Stop by to admire an artisan at work or Enjoy a walk in the mornings where the only noise-if you would call it that-would be peacocks calling out to each other.

Consider taking a stroll of a different kind-the Sandhai stroll - a village market - carrying with it the bustling cacophony and confusion of sounds,smells,and colours.

While you are here, you could learn crafts from the expert craftsmen here weaving sarees, baskets, stone sculptures, terracotta and pottery, palm leaf crafts, garland making and many more. Some of them specially make their way to Shenbaga Vilaasam for your convenience.

Agri - Culture - a culture in itself would be a revelation to a city dweller. Coconut plantations, paddy fields, vanilla farms, tea and coffee gardens, betel leaf plantations and a host of other crops and cultivation depending on the time of the year is on the list.

There is also a little something for the spiritually inclined-a visit to the 700-year-old ancient shrine of Lord Choleshwara and Goddess Shenbagavalli in the village of Samathur worshipped and maintained by the Vanavarayars for centuries. Witness special rituals at the hill temple. Relaxing yoga sessions can be arranged in the nearby spiritual retreat.

Wild Escapes

The wildlife reserves are home to the tiger, lion-tailed macaque, and the Nilgiri thar, which are endangered species.

Natural Getaways

Locations that might just captivate you are the waterfalls and dams.

Shop at the local natural medicine/spice store or the fabric retailer in the crowded bylanes to the potters street or the jeweler the way the locals do it in the town of Pollachi.

A visit to the Palakkad fort, a rice farm and an antique store - a half day tour into Kerala will take you the famed fort (1766) of Tippu Sultan in Palakkad and then to the rice farm which cultivates the 2500 year old Navara rice and finally to a store that sells antiques. This half a day trip showcases different aspects of this region.

Try Other Activities such as

  • Astrology - parrot or an experienced astrologer
  • Interaction with a historian to get to know about the land and its greatness
  • Listen to some classical or folk music
  • Visit to a local industry to get to know the modern face of India
  • Visit to a heritage home or a Palace
  • Ayurvedic treatment
  • Get invited into a simple farm home for a traditional meal
  • A lesson on South Indian cuisine
  • Witness enthralling folk dances like Kollattam