Located in the village of Kumily, two miles from the shores of Lake Periyar, Spice Village consists of 52 thatch-roofed cottages spread out amongst 8 acres of gardens.
The cottages have been designed using local traditions and materials, and the gardens are full of the aroma of spices from around the region. Spice Village has been developed in harmony with the local cultures and environment. Much of the food cooked in the restaurant is grown in the resort's organic vegetable gardens, with organic crops grown in neighbouring villages. The resort has its own composting and water treatment plants to recycle food waste and water.
There are 52 individual tribal style thatch roof cottages with veranda. modern pumbling, solar-powered hot water and contemporary furnishings. The standard villas include a living room and private garden, while the deluxe villas are cosy huts tucked away between fruit trees and herb beds.
The Woodhouse Bar is steeped in history and used to be the house of the famous ranger, A W Woods. Guests can enjoy the delicate blend of spices at the thatched restaurant or opt to order a meal at the 50 Mile Restaurant, where all ingredients used are obtained from within 50 miles of Spice Village.
The resort is an ideal base for visiting nearby Periyar National Park and arranges visits to nearby villages and spice plantations. Whilst staying at Spice Village guests can do the pepper vine and spices tour, participate in cookery demonstrations offered by the chef and naturalists, understand the wildlife local to Periyar at the Tiger Club or discuss the activities offered at the Tiger Reserve with the in-house naturalists.
Open: Spice Village is all year, though the monsoon season lasts from June till August.
Location: Spice Village is set in 14 acres of gardens in the highlands of Kerala near Periyar National Park. It is located 145kms from Madurai airport and 190kms from Cochin international airport.
Rooms: There are 52 standard and deluxe cottages, with thatched roofs, stone floors, wooden furniture and modern bathrooms with hot water provided by solar power. All have large verandas and private gardens.
Activities: Guests can take boat rides on Lake Periyar, go trekking, stroll in the gardens with the resident botanist, take a bullock cart ride in the local area, visit a spice plantation and learn to cook with spices. Sports offered include badminton, volleyball and tennis. There is a billiards table in the bar. Naturalist guides lead safaris in Periyar National Park.
Facilities: There is an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s pool. Yoga sessions and Ayurveda treatments are available to guests. At The Tiger Club there are books, photos and videos of wildlife. The Woodhouse Bar serves a range of drinks, while the Tiffin Room serves tea, coffee and snacks. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves meals based on authentic Keralan cuisine. It also offers international dishes. The spa offers massages and Ayurvedic treatments and also has a jacuzzi. There are several acres of grounds with fruit trees, spices, herbs and flowers.
Dining: Meals are taken at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access.
A great introduction to southern India, this holiday will give you a glimpse into daily life and awaken all your senses.
"Excellent accommodation but impersonal, and, like its sister resort, Marari Beach, expensive"