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The Spice Village

Area : Periyar (thekkady), , Kerala, India

Spice Village Periyar is in Kumily, a small settlement three kilometres from Thekkady, the main entrance to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The design of each cottage was inspired by the native tribesmen of Periyar, the Oorali and Mannan, who lived in similar dwellings. Infact, one of the cottages currently being used as an office, is an original tribal hut which has been modified.

Location : Adjacent to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. 190 kms from Cochin. 145 kms from Madurai. Getting there : 5 hour taxi drive crom Cochin . 3 1/2 hour taxi drive from Madurai.

Accommodation : There are 52 huts.

Cuisine : Indian and International ( Buffet ) Things to do : Boat Safari, tea and spice plantation visits, tennis, jungle treks, swimming and Ayurveda. Luxorious Comfort 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. Spice Village Periyar has an exclusive Ayurvedic clinic, well-equipped for treatments like Pizhichil, Njavarakizhy, Dhara and other natural therapies. Forest Treks 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. It is only safe to travel at certain times of the day, but your guide will know more about the jungle than the wild animals which roam the savannah grasslands and woods.

Facilities : Spice Village Thekkady offers many other facilities, including a conference hall, complete with table tennis, caroom and chess boards, and a floodlit outdoor badminton court. The highlight, though, is the garden itself, bursting with a rich array of spice trees.

Cookery Demonstration : The Kerala fish curry, appam, avial, etc. have a very exotic flavour. The method of preparation is so different that it makes Kerala cuisine very distinct and liked by all. Enough reasons to watch, learn and try for yourself.