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A 5 hour taxi drive from Cochin, set in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala, Spice Village is in Kumily, a small settlement 3Kms from Thekkady, the main entrance to the Periyar Tiger Reserve.Spice Village is the ideal getaway for nature lovers, the ambience of the resort, brings in the local tribe atmosphere.Coffee and tea plantations nearby also add to the atmosphere of a rustic getaway. The design of each cottage was inspired by the native tribesmen of Periyar, the Oorali and Mannan, who lived in similar dwellings.

The cottages are spacious and furnished with simple sophistication, terracotta tiled floors, wooden beds and chairs, and whitewashed walls. There is also a telephone, a fan, an en suite bathroom with hot running water, and an efficient laundry service. A 'verendah' runs round the entire cottage, and each dwelling is set its own land, altogether there are 54 cottages.
At the centre of the village is a swimming pool, surrounded by tropical trees and lawns with the buffet restaurant, which serves a wide range of traditional Indian and International delicacies.

Spice Village has an exclusive ayurvedic clinic, wel-equipped for treatments like pizhichil, njavarakizhy, dhara and other natural therapies. The village offers many other facilities, including a conference hall and games room, complete with table tennis table, carrom and chess boards, and a floodlit outdoor badminton court. The highlight, though, is the garden itself, bursting with a rich array of spice trees and business. Each plant is carefully marked (giving the English and Latin names), and there is a botanist at hand to answer questions.

Water safari and Trecking: The most popular way to explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve 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. Many animals come to the water’s edge and it is one of the few places in the world where elephants can be observed at close quarters. Trecking into the tropical forests accompanied by a tribal guide, and then getting dropped off by boat at the far end of the lake, from where you proceed on foot.

Address: Spice Village, Kumily Road, Thekkady, Kerala - 685 536.

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