A place to relaxRural and earthy camping experience
16 guests
15 bedrooms
16 beds
8 baths
16 guests
15 bedrooms
16 beds
8 baths
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Cicada Woods is a serene 11acres of scenic hill and valley on the edge of the forest, offering outdoor and nature-lovers an escape to tranquillity, great birding and the adventure of camping in tents. Owned by an outdoor loving couple, the place is designed to preserve its wild and natural beauty. Ideal for groups from 6 to 25, Cicada Valley offers a combination of ruggedness and comfort, with tents on cement plinths, separate toilet blocks for ladies and gents, and a rustic dining area.

Guest access

Guests can access most parts of the estate, except certain private areas.

Interaction with guests

One of us will make an effort to be there during your stay. Even if we are unable to personally be present, our caretakers will look after all your needs, and we are always accessible on the phone.

Free parking on premises

Extra people $23 NZD / night after 4 guests
Weekly Discount: 5%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

- As this is an eco-sensitive area, guests are requested to be mindful about littering and the use of plastic, and to avoid any kind of loud music and bright lights. If smoking is unavoidable, we would request that you smoke only in designated smoking areas since stray sparks and cigarette butts could be a potential fire hazard. Kindly avoid throwing litter around the tented area – please use the receptacles provided for the purpose. Smoking and any open fire is not allowed inside the tents.
- Outdoor and wilderness safety rules need to be followed. The place is home to all kinds of life, especially birds, insects and reptiles
- Smoking allowed only in delineated areas
- To preserve the ambience of the place, there is no electricity in the tented area, though we do have electricity in the dining area and toilets. Torches may be used in the tents, no open flames please.
- While we welcome groups, we would request that you refrain from boisterous behaviour, loud music and partying. Guests are requested to treat this as a nature retreat.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
First aid kit
Safety card

1 night minimum stay

1 Review

Shobana User Profile
October 2017
If you want to spend some time amidst cricket sounds and early morning bird calls to quieten your soul while taking in a sample of the larger wilderness of the area, this is it. Ashok and Kalyani have put their heart into striking a great balance of maintaining the natural habitat of the place while also providing for the basics. We traveled as a family with a 10yr old and a 4yr old who were just by themselves roaming the rocks and grass and finding/tracking bugs, butterflies and touch-me-nots. Co-existing with the creepy crawlies was a big part of our fun. We carried a hammock which added to the kids fun. Our tent provided good insulation from the night's cold. Carry some Odomos to keep mosquitoes away during the brief period in the evening that they come out. The facilities were thoughtfully setup and put together with passion without disturbing the environs. The food was simple and delicious. We must thank the keeper Ezhumalai and Lakshmi for their care. To top it all, it was great to talk to Ashok about the history of the place, their experiences and their urge to give a bit of the "wild" life they've led to like minded folks through wilder trails. Come here discarding usual touristy expectations of "adventure" and "getting stuff done" and just relax, take in the place and slow down to really see the life around you.
Ashok & Kalyani Candade User Profile
Response from Ashok & Kalyani Candade:
Thanks for the lovely and heart-warming review, Shobana. Great that the kids had a good time. Thanks also for the feedback about the mosquitoes - this is a new development here thanks to 'human development'. Was a pleasure to host you.
October 2017

Chennai, IndiaJoined in May 2016
Ashok & Kalyani Candade User Profile

Cicada Woods is owned by the Candade family. It is operated by Major Ashok Candade and Kalyani Candade. Major Candade is an adventure specialist and outbound facilitator, with a breadth and depth of experience in outdoor living and camping. He is joined by his wife Kalyani Candade, writer, ardent nature lover and a trained outbound facilitator, in hosting you at Cicada Woods.

Developed and designed to create the ideal ambience for corporate outbound training, Cicada Woods brings you nature in all her glory, great birding, a tranquility that to be experienced to be believed, scenic views - and the joy of camping.

Languages: English, Hindi
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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