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Spice Village-Cgh Earth

Kumily - Thekkady Road, Thekkady, 685536, India
Near Mudra Cultural Centre

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    Ayurveda

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    Biking

Spice Village is the essence of a mountain tribal village, re-imagined for the modern independent traveller. A tribute to ancient ways of life. And to one man's patience and passion. Curling around a misty ridge 2,000ft high in the Periyar vastness, we found a ranger's home, with fruit trees, rare herbs and a profusion of flowering plants. And here, we set out to build a resort. A village produced whole, using mountain spirit and tribal wisdoms as building material. Of course, 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. Hewn stone replaces shag carpets. Birdsong takes the place of television. Air-conditioning? Unnecessary anyway in the fine mountain climate and what would it do but mask the heady scents of spice wafting through the air?

The timeless wilderness of Periyar Tiger Reserve is just a short distance away from us. Its 925 sq. km sprawl includes forests, marshes and aquatic habitats that together support 62 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 27 species of amphibians, 45 species of reptiles, 38 species of fish. Innumerable medicinal plants round off this incredibly rich collection of biodiversity. On treks, tours and safaris with our guides, you can spot sambar deer, bison and elephants in their natural habitat. And if the gods are smiling down on you, you may even catch a glimpse of a leopard- or that elusive ghost, the tiger! A night’s trek into the reserve will plunge you neck-deep into the mystery and magic that is Periyar. The real romance of the forest comes into play after dark, when a completely different side of it comes alive. As you trek the night trails, you experience a haunting silence, broken only by the cries of nocturnal denizens of the wild. This is when elusive creatures such as the rare fruit bat, nilgiri-flying squirrels, owls and nightjars make an appearance. Experienced tribal guides will open a doorway into this magical realm, leaving you with a new insight into the wonders of Mother Nature. This is another universe altogether - one that cries out to be experienced. The resort and the Periyar area in general, offer an amazing diversity of flora, much of it unique. You'll encounter, among many others, the Indian Pennywort, Kalachoo and Sweet Flag, all medicinal in nature, and processed into remedies at our ayurvedic facility.

At Spice Village, our understanding of ecology has come directly from the tribal people of the Cardamom Hills. Over millennia, they have perfected a gentle co-dependency, an almost spiritual harmony with the works of nature. All we needed to do was uncover these ancient wisdoms and put them to work. Our self-sustaining fish pond was inspired by similar ones in Ooralie villages. And we learnt that neem and lemon grass oils are marvellous, biodegradable pesticides.

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