in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala, Spice Village is an
unprecedented tourist destination, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy
South India's wildlife and beauty. The village lies just outside Periyar
Tiger Reserve, and a stay here is the perfect way to appreciate and respect
the environment. This is a place for anyone who loves nature. If you are
looking for a place to fill your lungs with fresh mountain air, to savor the
rich fragrance of cinnamon and cloves or to watch young elephants drinking
at the water's edge, you are most welcome to Spice Village.
Throughout the village, the atmosphere is relaxed and enchanting. We can
arrange for an exhilarating water safari across Lake Periyar, a visit to a
nearby coffee plantation, even a trek deep into the tropical forest. The
design of each cottage was inspired by the native tribesmen of Periyar, the
Oorali and Mannan, who lived in similar dwellings.
A number of creature comforts have been added, however, to make your stay a
luxurious one. The rooms are spacious and furnished with simple
sophistication: terracotta tiled floors, wooden beds and chairs, and
whitewashed walls. To preserve the environment, the furniture has been
crafted using pine from Cochin's historic docks.
There is also a telephone, a fan, an en suite bathroom with hot running
water, and an efficient laundry service. A verandah runs round the entire
cottage, and each dwelling is set in its own land. At the center of the
village is a swimming pool, surrounded by tropical trees and lawns.
Overlooking it is a buffet restaurant, which serves a wide range of
traditional Indian and international cooking. As you would expect, spices
play their part in a menu which changes daily. The Keralafish curry, appam,
avial etc. have a very exotic flavor. The method of preparation is so
different that it makes Kerala cuisine very distinct and liked by all.
Spice Village has an exclusive Ayurvedic clinic, well-equipped for
treatments like Pizhichil, Njavarakizhy, Dhara and other natural therapies.
There are several ways to explore the Periyar Tiger
Reserve. The most popular is by boat, which allows visitors to watch animals
drinking at the lakeside. Two hour trips are booked at Spice Village, and
the best chance of sighting animals is in the early morning or at dusk.
It can be arranged for you to venture deep into the
tropical forests. Accompanied by a tribal guide, you will be dropped off by
boat at the far end of the lake, from where you proceed on foot, quickly
leaving behind the crowds.
For those who want more than just a taste of
the delicious Kerala cuisine, cooking classes are held by the chef every
evening. You get a chance to see for yourself how the dishes are so
The holistic approach of Ayurveda, the
efficacy of its therapies and the absence of distressing side effects has
made it the most sought after medical remedies. Health in the ayurvedic view
represents the Harmony of body, mind and soul.