Spice Village, Periyar National Park

Curling around a misty ridge in the Periyar vastness, an arboretum of fruit trees, rare herbs and a profusion of flowering plants is home to the Spice Village, a truly magical destination.

Curling around a misty ridge in the Periyar vastness, an arboretum of fruit trees, rare herbs and a profusion of flowering plants is home to the Spice Village, a truly magical destination. Recreating the architecture and atmosphere of a tribal village, it is a pure, unadulterated escape in truly astonishing landscapes. 

The cottages are constructed using natural materials and local woodcraft, roofs are thatched with the same elephant grass used in tribal huts - woven using the same traditional techniques. The comforts of a modern hotel exist, but they never intrude. Modern plumbing, comfortable beds and hot showers find their place, but in a setting stripped down to its natural essence - with birdsong replacing television. 

A perfect mix of the traditional and the contemporary, the property is always the perfect location from which to explore the tiger reserve and plantations - accompanied by the heady scent of spices.

Why we like it

  • All the cottages have private verandas
  • Highland location amidst valleys which are home to plantations of teak, cardamom, tea, rubber and coffee
  • Imaginative South Indian cuisine on offer
  • Ayurvedic treatments are available as well as a Yoga and meditation centre
  • The resort has a swimming pool

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