We’ve been busy

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Some booking sites are quoting ridiculous tariffs, so please check our Tariffs Page before booking. When its quieter, we are busy decorating the rooms. We are cutting back the plants so that there will be more flowers, butterflies and birds. This year the lily pond has been rebuilt and re-stocked. Take a look at Kumar’s night photography. We’ve also put in hand rails to make it easier to get around the house and gardens. The pool is, as always, crystal clear … ready for you to take a dip!  … Read more »

Night photography

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Cardamom House is an ideal place for night photography as it is free from light pollution. Kumar has been taking photographs of flowers at night on his smart phone.       Here is Pandi’s photograph of the moon on a hand held camera. We are looking forwards to a full moon.           Or set out at dusk on a still evening to look across the lake from the dam.  

The Paradise Flycatcher

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A small area of the garden shrubbery was cleared, giving room for the paradise flycatcher to visit us. Kumar took this photograph on his smart phone.

Renovated Bullet

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One of our two iconic diesel Royal Enfield Bullets has been renovated to its original condition. In 1965, manufacture of these bikes was bought by an Indian company, based in Chennai. The diesel Bullet is becoming an increasingly rare marque.   At Cardamom House, the Bullets are in regular use, transporting staff members backwards and forwards to Athoor and surrounding villages and towns . It is often laden with provisions.  

The Hoopoo

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We have seen a hoopoo a few times over the past few weeks. It seems to like open spaces and searches for food on the ground.  It’s very shy and difficult to photograph, but Polpandi managed to capture it.

Cardamom House Celebrates

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What a night! We celebrated twenty years of Cardamom House and Shankar’s fortieth birthday. Shankar has been with us since the start. We also celebrated a guest’s birthday. We had a puja, fireworks, mutton biryani and of course a cake, with candles. Thanks to our wonderful team who made it such a memorable and enjoyable evening, and our photographer, Pandi.

Celebrating 55 years of marriage

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On Friday 27th February, Jack and Mary George from Birmingham, UK, celebrated 55 years of marriage at Cardamom House. They were presented with mala, showered with rose petals and cut a cake baked by Peryasamy. The Cardamom House Team serenaded them with “Happy Anniversary to you”.  

Night photography

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Here at Cardamom House we have many opportunities for night photography. Clear skies mean that we can capture images of the stars, or the moon.         The pool provides a good place to focus on lights and reflections. By using a tripod and strong torchlight we manage to paint with light.

A variety of habitats

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As the grounds around Cardamom House evolve, a variety of habitats are developing, ranging from shrub, to flower gardens, to more established trees and to open grassland. In addition we have views across the lake and up onto the hillside. This means we have a richness of birdlife. For a few nights a tailor bird rested at night beside our entrance driveway. A number of birds are currently nesting.