In the midst of the lavish green woodlands of Periyar with its extraordinary natural and ethnographic social assorted variety, Spice Village, set subtly in the Periyar backwoods is simply outside the sanctuary doors. Covered huts built in tribal style, 53 of them, are tucked away in the midst of 14 acres of lush, sylvan surroundings, well away from the bustling world outside. Spice Village is an eco-resort in the hills close to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary which is undoubtedly a work of nature as much as it is a grandiose expression of imagination. The resort is conceived as a village and the structures of the inn are drawn nearer in a way you would outwardly see a village- with neighborhood materials, local craftsman’s, mountain soul and traditional wisdom in its creation. Its origination being traditional, this is a ‘village' that offers all of you the solaces of a city taking away the bustling noise, pollution and other urban ills.
The village hotel has its very own unmistakable characteristic with regards to vibe and operational strategies. Noted for its eco-friendly practices, Spice Village has set up dry/wet waste administration; productive microbial composting, food waste composting; effluent treatment plant; solar panels for hot water requirements in the resort; recycling used newspapers and magazines for handmade paper and use of CFL lamps and CFC free refrigerators. The involution of the neighborhood network coordinates an early measurement to the everyday tasks at the Spice Village. The local community has now imitated the successful wet-waste management framework practiced at Spice Village.
The nature enlightened the hotel about self-sustaining frameworks and also steward their natural gardens that put fresh vegetables, fruits and spices from the ground on your tables each day. It has a cluster of tribal style huts set in an attractive spice garden is an incredible elusion for most vacationers from the warmth of the fields, and also an extraordinary spot for some adventure activities. Alongside that, the village hotel has an amazing pool, an Ayurveda spa, and they also plan out treks into the forest, bamboo boating and some more. An ambulation through the property itself is an incredible method to get to known numerous parts of nature and the green activities thatare embraced at this eco resort.
The accommodations of the hotels like that of the Private Garden Villa- has a comfortable living space alongside a private patio nursery space before the bungalow. The roofing of this bungalow is made with Elephant Grass which is copiously and effortlessly accessible. The Zest Garden Cottage- has a humble living territory and a roomy room with a fastened washroom.
The living spaces are very basic and accompanies all possible luxuries. Every one of these houses are sumptuously outfitted and are naturally elegant. They accompany the simple facilities like dental kit, shaving kit, comb, bathrobe, hair dryer, footwear, sewing kit etc.
The hotel is radiantly made, as it has various tall trees of varying kinds that form a structure a loose canopy over the retreat, allowing daylight to channel through. Pepper vines wind their way up the trunks of many. Flowering plants including the peculiar Dutchman’s pipe lend a splash of color to an otherwise green canvas.Each plant and tree has been named with its logical and predominant name making them effortless to distinguish. Around evening time these ways are lit up by lamps run on solar power. Spice Village relies on solar power for most of its electrical requirements.
Being an eco-resort, all the paper used at Spice Village is hand assembled. It is altogether made in-house at the paper making center. The best part is that visitors can attempt their hand at making their own sheets of paper. Alongside a paper center they have an organic farm, where a significant part of the organic product, plate of mixed greens and vegetables servedin day to day meal. The manures and fertilizer used on the farms are also made in house using the method of vermincomposting of vermincomposting.
The eatery here obliges Kerala food, intensely seasoned by neighborhood flavors. The culinary expert can furthermore make customary ancestral curries and Western dishes.
The Village hotel also offers numerous other facilities, including a conference hall and games room, complete with table tennis, caroms and chessboards, and a floodlit outdoor badminton court. The highlight, though, is the garden itself, bursting with a rich array of spice trees. The design of each cottage was inspired by the native tribesmen of periyar, the Oorali and Mannan, who lived in similar dwellings. In fact, one of the cottages currently being used as an office is an original tribal hut, which has been modified.
The landscape of Periyar Tiger Reserve is a commix of tropical evergreen trees, damp deciduous trees and grasslands. To explore the tiger reserve, one can also go on a bullock cart ride through the ranches in neighboring Tamil Nadu which is also arranged by the village resort. In case you're a birdwatching lover, this is a decent chance to spot nearby birdlife
Boredom isn't an option here for those who want to submerge themselves in nature, culture and the local lifestyle. The retreat has a lot to offer.
Recently Spice Village was awarded with the 2009 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Award for Environment; making it the very first ever resort in India to receive this coveted recognition.
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