Spice Village, Thekkady

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Kerala

Nestled in Kerala’s spice-scented Thekkady highlands, Spice Village was conceived in 1991 at the beginning of a journey by its founder Jose Dominic into lodge sustainability, and now is part of his family’s multi award winning CGH Earth group. His vision ensured it was built from local materials, using native workmanship and traditional workmanship and with a large dollop of ‘mountain spirit’. The 52 spacious cottages on the 12-acre property are modelled on the eco-conscious dwellings of the native Manan tribe. Every detail has been thought through, from the indigenous species of elephant grass used by local artisans to thatch the roofs, pinewood crates sourced from the nearest seaport have been upcycled to furnish the rooms and the waste paper collected from the resort is turned into notepads, menus and luggage tags.  Lastly the Manan community are relied upon to steward the lo...dge’s organic gardens bringing fresh vegetables, spices and fruits to your tables every day, as well as for their traditional knowledge that inspires this ‘eco-village’ to tread on an a self-sustaining path.
  • Wildlife safaris, forest treks, birding trips, village walks, cultural performances by native communities, bonfires, visits to the interpretation centre and trips to the lodge’s manmade forests are some of the activities organised here. You can also get a chance to imbibe some culinary skills from the local tribal community. Spice Village’s chefs conduct masterclasses every evening to share secrets from Malayali kitchens and give guests a whiff of the region’s enticing spices. Basketball, badminton, tennis and other games are organised in the spice garden retreat if you are looking to up your physical activity game. The lodge’s Ayurveda centre offers a range of herbal massages and therapies. You can also spend time learning about the region’s flora and fauna at the local interpretation centre – tiger club. Cool off in the lodge’s swimming pool and take a plunge under the trees!
  • The lodge has 52 spacious cottages for accommodation modelled on the sustainable dwellings of the native Manan tribe. The deluxe category cottages come with a private garden and large sit-out areas. The rooms are furnished using wooden crates sourced from the nearest seaport. Traditional craftsmen were employed to use elephant grass to thatch roofs for the cottages that keep the rooms cool even without air conditioning. Each of these accommodation units exude elegance based on simple, natural materials and local woodcraft.
  • The lodge has two restaurants and a bar offering scrumptious meals using fresh produce sourced from the lodge’s organic kitchen gardens. The atmospheric Woodhouse Bar - named after the lodge’s earlier resident and forest ranger A.W. Woods - has a 150-year-old billiards table and a resident trainer who will teach you all the tricks of the game. Spice Village’s 50 Mile restaurant offers a traditional kitchen preparing dishes made of ingredients all sourced within a 50-mile radius of the resort. The Tamarind Restaurant offers both global and local cuisines, and an amazing buffet spread. Freshly-brewed herbal tea blends with spice-tinged concoctions is another feature at Spice Village.
  • Open all through the year
  • Nearest airports: Madurai (145 km), Kochi (190 km)
    Nearest Railhead: Kottayam (107 km)
  • From £231 From price based on lowest category room per night. Enquire direct to get full range of pricing and to book.
  • In-house lodge naturalist
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Bikes
  • Spa
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wifi access

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Periyar Tiger Reserve

The Periyar Tiger Reserve in ‘God’s Own Country’ of Kerala is a spectacular expanse of greenery and seemingly unending chain of hills in the southern region of the Western Ghats, with some of the best wildlife activities for keen wildlife visitors to enjoy. The reserve along the river Periyar, which originates in the heart of these forests, spreads over an area of 925 sq km amidst Thekkady’s spice-scented Cardamom Hills. More than 60 species of mammals are found here; including the Asiat Read more>>

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