The Vazhaigiri Estate is nestled in the steep and densely shaded hills of the majestic Western Ghats. The estate comprises of Coffee & Banana plantations, interspersed with jack-fruit ,silver-oak and hardwood species such as rosewood surrounded by a wealth of native flora and fauna in a magnificent ecosystem. Witness the changing seasons bring about a uniqueness in your every experience, in this up close and personal one-on-one with nature. Partake in the simple pleasures of watching a honey bee at work, and sway like wild-flowers in a breeze, and join the choir with a hundred birds singing their songs on guided trails that showcase the best of Kodaikanal.
The whole of the Kodaikanal district comes under the Western Ghats, which is one of the 34 environmentally undisturbed eco systems of the world, harboring a rich biodiversity in its flora & fauna. A typical feature of the sloping Western Ghats are the isolated ever green forests nestled between the folds of the mountain ranges, amidst of these ranges lies the unique ‘The Thaovan’ at an elevation of 3150 ft. surrounded by the Western Ghats ranges. One can enjoy the natures walk admidst the mountain range.
YOGA AND MEDITATION
We at The Thapovan have come to understand that our guests are inherent seekers of something beyond the ordinary, always searching for ways to continually expand the horizons for their mind, body and soul. We have also realized that our discerning guests are not looking for a superficial “fix,” but want to see the big picture and their positive role in it by making conscious choices. you could connect to your inner self in the surrounding beauty of The Thapovan. The sounds of flowing water, the sweet chirping of forest birds combined with the fragrances and sights are the perfect companion on your quest for serenity.
Thapovan offers regional, national, recepies in an atmosphere of warmth and elegance . The Thapovan’s oxygen rich and exciting outdoor environs builds up an appetite, which our chef takes prides in fulfilling with rich customized recepies according to your wish and taste. We source almost all our ingredients locally, including from our organic vegetarian garden,. The open barbeque’s deck offers a beautiful evening ambiance for leisurely multi course meals and the experience is enhanced many folds by the warm service. The Thapovan is also a place for magical and intimate dining experiences such as a candlelit dinner by the pool side, with the surrounding tree- lines glowing with thousands of fireflies.
The Thapovan is touted to be a haven for ornithologists and bird-lovers alike. Whether you are expert at bird behavior or just a plain novice who admires the beauty of his feathered friends, The resort is the best place to explore and get in touch with various creatures of flight. The Indian sub-continent accounts for over 2060 species of birds, and the fact is that Kodaikanal contributes as much as 25% of the overall bird population in this regard, which is a matter or joy and pride for the tiny hill-station. The area is considered the best place to spot several species of birds,.Trogons, Nilgiri Laughing-Thrushes, Great Black Woodpeckers, and Malabar Whistling-Thrushes. Other varieties of birds include Yellow Browed Bulbuls, Pacific Swallows, Grasshopper Warblers, Orphean Warblers and Yellow Billed Babblers. Great Pied Hornbills, Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, Grey-Breasted Laughing Thrushes, Blue-Winged Parakeets, Grey-Headed Bulbuls, White-Bellied Treepies, the Nilgiri and White-Bellied Blue Flycatchers, Black Eagle and Ceylon Frogmouths comprise the rest of the species of birds that hail from the district. Apart from normal birds, Kodai also has several species of Owls including Short Eared and Oriental Scops Owls which can often be seen after nightfall. Embark on a guided bird watching trail in the property to spot some of these exotic birds.