Anantya, Kanyakumari


Anantya is a boutique luxury resort and spa that has a unique focus on minimalism, eco-friendliness and the trueness of material. Literally translating into “Infinite”, Anantya is located in the beautiful land of Travancore (now Kerala) at the famed Kanyakumari district. The land has an interesting history as it was once owned by the Kings of Travancore and was called the Vaikundum Estate. Anantya occupies a small part of this estate. Vaikundum translates into “the divine abode” and houses working rubber plantations. The ownership was passed over several times but the plantations remain active, even to this day.

The resort is located in a tranquil, scenic setting by the edge of a lake with mountains in the background and amidst a thousand acres of a rubber plantations. Guests can thoroughly enjoy the seclusion that Anantya provides as there are no other resorts in the vicinity. Time truly stands still at this peaceful boutique resort. The location is ideal for guests who wish to explore both Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The design of Anantya has been inspired by the minimalist ideals of Laurie Baker and Geoffrey Bawa. It has been crafted keeping in mind the environment, by using materials and techniques that leave a minimal eco footprint. They have used reconditioned tiles and stone pillars, rubble and brick that is locally sourced, sewage and water saving treatment, contour constructions and several other techniques for minimal impact.

The resort is surely an eco-friendly haven where guests can dabble in greenery and shades of blue with excellent panoramic views that will rejuvenate them.

Accommodation

Anantya resort comprises of 21 villas, all of which face the gorgeous lake and have amazing panoramic views. The villas are perfectly designed to blend in both the interiors and exteriors using rustic mudwall, handmade tiles on the sloping roofs, exposed brickwork and rubble masonry mesh. The furniture is also selected keeping this theme in mind, while also providing all the necessary comforts and creating a place to unwind and relax.

The Chakra Cottage named after the Yoga Chakras, perfectly blends minimalism and luxury together. These 7 cottages are located on a landscaped garden providing great views of the lake. The special feature of this cottage is a private green yoga court with an open sky that allows guests to indulge in meditation or self-reflection in a peaceful surrounding. This cottage is ideal for couples.

The Siddhi Villa is named after the eight Siddhis and are a haven of peace and seclusion. These cottages are a private retreat for guests, complete with a verdant garden, gazebo and a splendid lily pond. The cottages have an open to sky shower. This cottage is ideal for families as it is very spacious.

The Veda Jacuzzi Villa redefines luxury. The traditional Padipura entrance walk down a lush garden path is a unique feature of this villa. Another unique feature is an open to sky outdoor Jacuzzi. Guests can request a special dinner service to enjoy a candle light dinner under the stars.

The Sadhana Pool Villas are one-bedroom suite styled villas, set amidst a fertile garden and bordered by mud walks. All rooms have a gorgeous lake view along with a shaded pergola to relax under.

Dining and Wellness

Both local and continental delicacies are available at the resort at the Svaad Restaurant with both lakeside and private dining options. There is also a bar for guests who wish to unwind, called Soma Bar. Guests who are taking an ayurvedic or Yoga package can opt for a traditional Sattvic cuisine. The Sattvic diet leads to a clearer mind and has several benefits for the body.

Guests can opt for terrific Astitva Ayurveda treatments. Astitva translates into ‘existence’ and stands for the complete attainment of god himself and the truth. Anantya has teamed up with Pankajakasthuri Group to provide authentic ayurvedic spa services. The group even has a college under their name, passing on the knowledge of Ayurveda through many generations. They provide bespoke treatments in rooms that overlook the beautiful lake.

Access and Suggested Itineraries

By Air – 90 Mins from Trivandrum Airport

By Air to Madurai followed by a Journey of 267 Kms.

By Rail – Nagercoil Railway Station is 45 Kms.

‘Must do’ activities

There are a lot of activities for guests both within and outside the resort. Anantya’s location allows guests to explore both Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Within and around the resort, there are several unique activities such as bird watching, yoga and meditation, treks that start from the resort, cultural dance performances, traditional games, flat rock barbeque, nature camping experiences close to the resort, rubber tapping walk, night sky walk, outdoor sports, elephant interactions and a nearby cycling tracks.

Outside the resort there are several sites one can visit and enjoy such as the Meenakshi Orchards, Vattapara Tribal Resettlement, famous beaches, tropical rivers, the backwaters, temples, festivals and more. Guests who are looking to relish a beautiful site can travel to the edge of the Indian subcontinent where three seas merge, offering great during sunrise and sunset.