The Shillim Story


Stay high in the Western Ghats.

Shillim is set in the momentous Sahyadris. This is a mountain range thatʼs older than the Himalayas, and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Sahyadris are one of the worldʼs eight hottest hotspots. It is both ecologically unique and biologically diverse.

These high mountain forest ecosystems of the Western Ghats govern Indiaʼs monsoon. They also moderate the regionʼs tropical climate.

The Shillim Eco-Wellness Retreat is a three-hour drive from Mumbai. The estate overlooks the placid and serene Pawana Lake. The estate comprises lush rice fields, fertile valleys, breathtaking forests, and clean and crisp air. All the ingredients to warm and lift your mind, body, and spirit.

The landscape is majestic. It includes mountain forested ridges, butte, and open grasslands. Plus, a remarkable views of Tungi and Tikona forts.


Compelling reasons for you to enjoy Shillim Retreat.

You get to soak in an ambiance which is unique. You immerse yourself in nature, conservation, and healing.

You get to experience Wellness and Family Breaks, which are holistic, and healing.

The Stay, Eat, Get Fit, and Learn opportunities afford you an opportunity to grow from within.

When you stay at the Shillim Retreat you contribute to the local sustenance. You take part in the upkeep of a precious mountain ecosystem comprising reforested land.

You also contribute to local employment and reforestation. You help with the guarding of a delicate ecosystem, in the Sahyadris. 


Landscape designed by Margie Ruddick.

Margie Ruddick has been recognized for her pioneering work in the landscape for years now.

Margieʼs international projects include the Shillim Institute and Retreat in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India; she has remained with the project as a member of the Instituteʼs board. She has traveled to Chengdu, Sichuan, China in 1996 to lead a team designing the Living Water Park, the first ecological park in China, which cleans polluted river water biologically.

Winner of the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in landscape architecture, Margie has forged a design language that integrates ecology and culture. Her transformative design for New Yorkʼs Queens Plaza has won awards for promoting a new idea of nature in the city, where storm water, the wind, the sun, and natural habitat, merge within an urban infrastructure to create a more sustainable vision of urban life.

The new waterfront at Stapleton, in New York City, brings the harbor and city together in a park with a cove and tidal wetlands - catalyzing the revitalization of this historic Staten Island district. Trenton Capital Park restores the connection between the city and the Delaware.

Read more about Margie Ruddick.

  • This a gem of a place nestled nicely within nature. Just 3 hrs from Mumbai is the perfect place to be far from the maddening crowd.

    I had booked my room in advance as it can be tricky to get a room during season as weekends can be full. The room was perfect with a great view. I would recommend to get a prior spa appointment though. Otherwise, I was completely rejuvenated and recharged over that weekend stay. Will definitely come back.