Marayoor Valley, Kerala

May 3rd to June 14th, 2020

Sessions from 1 to 4 weeks

Come Home

The cardamom pod originates in India.

The spice has been embraced by nearly every world cuisine. Likewise, we connect young people with India's cultural and environmental heritage—and then we seed them back out to grow richer communities with deeper roots.


Cultural Exchange

Shared activities with our partner tribal schools, incluing traditional Indian country games, football, and cricket.



  • Dance: Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, and Garba
  • Tabla: classical instruction and Garba beats
  • Fine arts: learn Indian art history, old and new, and work on technique in our art studio with our artists in residence

Kalaripayattu & Yoga

The ancestor of Judo, Kung Fu, and Karate, Kalari is one of India's great gifts to the world. It also forms the perfect trinity with yoga and Ayurveda. Weapons such as swords and spears are used by our instructors for demonstration purposes only. Entry level Kalari focuses on stretching, flexibility, and self-defense.


Learn about this ancient system of medicine in our test garden, on foraging tours of cloud forests and spice plantations, and through classes on traditional food preparation in our kitchen.

Outdoor Adventures


  • Trekking and environmental education in Chinnar Wildlife Refuge
  • Harvesting fruits and vegetables and caring for animals at our own organic farm and dairy
  • Rock climbing in the surrounding mountains
  • Campfire skills over evening meals al fresco
  • Swimming lessons
  • Archery
  • Exploring pristine waterfalls and natural rock pools with trained lifeguards
  • Fishing and boating on our lake in traditional vallams

Language Immersion

Upon request, campers can receive immersion in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati and a variety of other languages. They will be placed in language-specific living groups overseen by camp counselors who are native speakers. Campers can also opt for one-on-one conversation practice.

Oxford Lectures

In consultation with the, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Camp Cardamom hosts discussions on Indian history, religion, and culture designed to contextualize our experiential learning program. Questions that may be asked, to name a few: What do ancient texts say about environmental conservation? How did yoga transform from a mind-dominant exercise to an agility-based one? How did it pass that Ayurveda, like Hinduism, is now vegetarian dominant, while the history books describe a quite different carnivorous past? What are the uniting strands of Indian thought in Indian Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism? In 2019 Camp Cardamom hosted a visiting scholar from OCHS, and will soon announce details for 2020.



Camp Cardamom is located in the pristine Marayoor Valley on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats. It is near the Chinnar and Pambar Rivers, two of only four Kerala rivers that flow eastward. Owing to its location in a rain shadow, it receives a modest 200 to 300 mm of precipitation in June and July. Temperatures are mild, with an average low of 17ºC to high of 25º C (63ºF to 77ºF). These are the perfect conditions for outdoor camp activities.


In our increasingly cosmopolitan, interlinked, and globalized world, we believe that young people need time to reconnect with their roots, both cultural and environmental. This means less watching and more doing. It means getting away from screens and onto the dance floor. It means taking a walk in the woods, eating a guava off the tree, or swimming in a waterfall. It means understanding where you come from by truly experiencing it.


Camp Cardamom resides on a 112-acre organic farm and Ayurvedic center. Our three-floor, 15,000-square-foot wing contains 10 rooms with private bathrooms and three large classrooms—all exclusively used by us. Our dining area overlooks an orchid-filled garden. Outdoor facilities include a stream-fed swimming pond, a football (soccer) field, a treehouse, and a roof terrace with amazing mountain views where yoga and kalari classes take place.


We live in the world when we love it.

—Rabindranath Tagore


Marayoor Road, Pius Nagar, Kanthalloor, Munnar, Kerala 685620

Phone (India): +91-85954-48011

Phone 2 (India): +91-94958-42501

Phone (USA): +1-415-867-3423


For more information about Camp Cardamom or to schedule a phone consultation, please fill out our contact form. 


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