Things to do in and around Cardamom House

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There are so many things to do at Cardamom House. You can spend the day locally, visit the nearby village of Athoor or go on half or full day trips. Cardamom House is ideal for relaxation and contemplation. Hours can be whittled away reading, writing, sketching, photographing and watching the world go by. The swimming pool (11m x 6m x 1.5 m) has a separated children’s access area. There are sun loungers and a shaded area. There is a sports area for volleyball and badminton. You can walk around the lake or climb up to the Sadayandi Temple a cave,… Read more »

Things to do: Tour of Athoor Village

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We offer an optional guided tour of Athoor Village for a minimum of four people. It is conducted by one of our experienced staff members. Generally we go in the morning, as there is more to see. Things to be seen change from day to day, for example, schools are closed on Sundays. On the tour you may visit the goat herders’ village; the local primary school; Athoor Village Square; the Catholic Church; small temples. Local industries include brick making and chamber kilns; sari making on hand looms; rope making from coconut… Read more »

Things to do: Half and full day trips

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Ideas for half and full day trips include DINDIGUL for the flower market, the UNESCO world heritage Fort and a small insight into life in an important market town (half day or longer); MADURAI for the Meenakshi Temple, the Tamukkam Palace and the Gandhi Museum (full day); PALANI for the Dandayudhapani Temple (full day); KODAIKANAL, a hill station, from where there are fine views across the plains (full day).    

Butterflies in the pool garden

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An advantage of Cardamom House is its rich variety of habitats and associated photographic opportunities. The variety of butterflies to be photographed changes as the day advances. In addition, the varieties change from week to week as different flowers come into bloom. It is such a luxury to be able to sit on the verandah or in the garden, camera at the ready, and have your subject visit you!    

Textile artist inspired by stay

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British textile artist, Isabelle king, has been inspired by the colours and textures that she saw while on her visit at Cardamom House. She has spent almost eighty hours designing multimedia pages, depicting kingfishers, peacocks, insects and pomegranates as well as developing designs prompted by the many colours of sari material. She has also used ink blocks to print patterns on silk, bought in SKCs in Dindigul. The knot on a wooden door led to another piece of work. Some work shows her fascination with Tamil script. The staff of… Read more »

Keen photographers.

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All the staff are keen photographers. Samy noticed that migrating butterflies had gathered on a root, possibly to feed on the rich mixture, contained in it, in preparation for the mating season. Meanwhile, Murugesan (Muggy) has been taking close-ups of sunbirds and Pandi has been pursuing mynah birds, as well as doing dawn and dusk trips to the lake, monitoring the bird life. Polpandi can boast being the only member of the team to successfully photograph a hoopoe. He and Shankar have also recorded the growth of tailor birds from hatchling… Read more »