Travellers’ Choice Award 2018

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Congratulations to the team. In 2014 and 2015, you were awarded the Trip Advisors’ Certificate of Excellence. In 2017, you were awarded Trip Advisors’ top accolade, the Travellers’ Choice Award. And now, in 2018, you have again received this award – 2018 Travellers’ Choice. Well done to the team. You deserve it.

Cough Cure

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It is not only the tourists who are coughing. We hear many local people coughing and spluttering. The local cure may be worth a try! Take the juice of a lime and some hot water. Add honey to taste. Now add a liberal helping of ground black pepper (about a level teaspoonful). After the initial shock to the taste buds, it doesn’t taste too bad …. and it might just stop that irritating cough!

The grizzled giant squirrel settles in the valley

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For the grizzled giant squirrel high trees are an ideal habitat. The squirrels have taken up residence in a number of neighbour’s gardens. From time to time, they are seen at the Sadayandi Temple. They are on the ‘near threatened’ list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). At the moment our mixed habitats aren’t so suited to it, although Chris saw one sunning itself on the solar panel, by the pool.  

A new bed!

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Pondicherry Suite has been revamped with a new king-sized bed and deep sprung mattress. As you can see, there are new bed coverings. You might sleep with the elephants or with the peacocks!  


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The monsoon failed and the temperatures are rising, yet there are still plenty of birds around. Yesterday morning guests watched as a flock of around twenty painted stork wheeled around above the remnants of Kamarajar Lake. Nearer to home, bee eaters have taken to diving into the pool.  

Birthday celebrations

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Chris was eighty at the beginning of the month. He celebrated with the staff team and their families, joined by members of his family. Many happy returns, Chris!  


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Shiva has overlooked the pool for many months. The team decided that he should have a more venerated position. This entailed weeks of discussions until a design was agreed. Friends in Sembatti helped with creating the bamboo backdrop. The mason and staff team completed the dais…… and Shiva can now dance in splendour.    

The Golden Hour Again

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Landscape photographers will know that the hour around dusk is often described as the golden hour, because of the quality of the light. This description is particularly true after a thunder storm, as these images show. The back-lit clouds drift over the ridges and descend into the valleys, as the sun begins to sink below the horizon. These photographs were taken from the verandah, so there is no need to trek into the countryside. Here, at Cardamom House, you can take your prize-winning shots from the comfort of a chair!… Read more »

Get inspired

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A few months ago, the caterpillars were eating the remnants of the last season’s plants. It seems magical. The plant stock has increased in size and now we have an enormous clump of these lines, waiting for you to photograph them. Shankar, Samy and Di have already been inspired!.

Ploughing the Mango Farm

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At last the ground is not too wet and it’s not too dry! Ploughing has started around the mango trees. Some are now about ten feet high and looking extremely healthy. Once the ploughing has been completed, the irrigation ditches can be re-dug. These are attached to a tank filled with water raised by a solar-powered pump. There are still mangoes in the market – and we are already looking forwards to next year’s harvest.