The SpaceOur property is a natural garden boarding the Reserve Forest of Kamarajar Valley. We are in the center of the most southern tip of India and is a nice, friendly and relaxing stop on the classic temple routes of Tamil Nadu.
Our 1 acre property is at the end of the road 6 km from the most nearby village Athoor. You can enjoy the quiet and authentic Indian rural life in a walk to the village or nature and bird-life during hikes around the lake or in the hills. Guest AccessWe offer you Shanti Nivas, a romantic cottage, with much privacy and an exciting view over the lake. The cottage has standard two beds but there is room for one additional bed for an extra surcharge.
When you are with a big family or group, there are three more rooms available with the same room rate per night:
1. the main house is available with a well equipped kitchen for rent when you like to cook yourself. Additional surcharge for the kitchen, above the room rent, is Rs. 750/day.
2. two well furnished rooms in a separate cottage.
All rooms are non-AC and have their own shady veranda, own bathroom and ceiling fans. We can easily accommodate 4 individual couples or a group or family up to 10 members.
On request we can extend the accommodation and arrange events or group meetings up to 25 members. Please, contact the owner. Interaction with GuestsMost of the time my wife and I are available and we like to interact with our guests. But if you prefer, you can have a maximum privacy.
We offer Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare but also European, Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Mexican dishes. The menus are set, but we try to find out in advance what the guests prefer. Because we are very small we can give our guests our full attention. For example, our vegetarian fare is not only a meal without meat, but a specially catered vegetarian version of the meal that is served that night. A lot of our food is also homegrown and homemade. We make our own jams, marmalade and breads. Also from our eco-farm we get some fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, and milk which we use to make cheese and curd.
We, a Dutch couple and our Indian staff, will look after you in a unique Dutch - Indian blend. The NeighborhoodWe are located in the Kamaraj Valley in the spurs of the Palani Hills. An altitude of 300m above sea level provides you a relatively cool pleasant tropical climate for most of the year. You can enjoy a bath in Kamarajar Lake on 10 minutes walk from the cottage.
People who love this place are, for example, people who like to go for walks or treks, birdwatchers, people who like to experience what it is to be a part of the Indian rural community, people who like India but like a break in a quiet place, people who use it as a base for day-trips, and families looking for a child-friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
Single travelers are also welcome to enjoy the homey atmosphere. Getting Around- International airports are in Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum, all some 400 km away.
- More nearby regional airports with domewstic and limited international flights s are in Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore.
- Dindigul has train-connections with a.o. Chennai (7-8 hours), Bangalore (9h), Madurai (2h), Trivandrum and even Mumbai (33h).
Head for Sempatti, which is a bus-hub near Dindigul, with connections from Chennai (9 hours), Trichy (2½h), Tanjavur (4h), Dindigul (½h), Madurai (Arapalyam busstand, 1h), Salem (4½h), Kodaikanal (3½h), Coimbatore (5h), Palani (1½h) and Periyar (4h).
- There are irregular buses from Dindigul and Sempatti to Athoor. Bus numbers: 7A and 9A.
From Sempatti or Athoor you go by taxi /
autoriksha (Rs 300 / Rs 200) to Double Dutch Resort. Tell the driver: Athoor Kamaraja Lake or Sadiyandi Temple or "bungalows near Athoor lake".
- You can also take a taxi directly from Dindigul or Madurai (Rs 700 / Rs 2250).
- By Car.
Athoor, the nearest village to Candle House, situated in Tamil Nadu is about 16 km from the city of Dindigul on the important National Highway NH45 which runs from Chennaito Madurai (450km). The NH45 has recently been completely rebuild into a comfortable fast four lane road.
If you travel by car trough India you will easily find the itinerary on the interactive (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps when you search for Candle House Athoor on: (URL HIDDEN) Other Things to NoteAt a distance of 250 to 350 km of us, at the West Coast of India, you will find the sunny tropical beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, and the exotic backwaters of Cochin, Alleppey to Kollam.
In the surrounding mountains lay the hillstations of Kodaikanal and Munnar, the green wide tea plantations and the wildlife of the national parcs like Periyar and Anamalai.