Tropical paradise close to Periyar National Park

Shalimar Spice Garden

Shalimar Spice Garden

Periyar Tiger Reserve
, Kerala
, India

The entire property abounds with exotic trees and a myriad of different spices – all of which are named – making it fascinating to explore if not out jungle walking, bamboo rafting or spying elephant at Periyar. Due to its dense jungle location, it can be damp but, in the evenings sit by a cosy log fire after a day out walking in the spice plantations or at Periyar. It’s an immensely peaceful place with antiques, artefacts and woodwork, dominating the hotel.

Our Rating: Mid-Range
Property Type: Wildlife/Nature Lodge

Destination

Nestling in a valley in the low hills of the Southern Ghats and surrounded by tropical jungle, this rustic retreat is ideal for visiting nearby Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Accommodation

It is the only really comfortable small hotel in the area and comprises a rustic main lodge made of local stone and wood which houses an airy verandah, a dining room, a snug sitting room with a blazing log fire on colder nights and a hall with some beautiful artefacts. The other end is home to the dining room and the swimming pool and massage centre and guest lounge are to be found at the top of the resort. Sprawling up the hill behind are 22 rooms and cottages which are decorated simply but comfortably, stylishly and in keeping with traditional and local styles.

Most have private verandahs or a small garden sit out which are lovely places to sit and listen to the sounds of the jungle. At the top there are a couple more rooms which are traditional Keralan style (wooden), a pretty swimming pool and a small Ayurvedic massage centre and recreation room.

Dining

A charming small dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a dining area outside for those who like to eat in the open air. Both have a welcoming, rustic feel and have been well decorated. It offers superb Italian food, along with Oriental, Indian and local cuisine. Either Table d’hote or a la carte menus are available. Smoking is allowed.

Experiences

It is reached by a series of steps and a wooden walkway which takes you across to this secret hideaway, hidden away in the jungle and spice plantations. It is the ideal base for visiting Periyar and shopping for spices in Kumily.

Why we love this place

Shalimar Spice Garden is renowned for its delicious food which combines local recipes with western touches. A secluded, peaceful jungle retreat – the perfect entry or departure point for Kerala and one with great charm.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

Shalimar have an extensive Responsible Tourism policy that includes Effluent treatment plants, rain water harvesting, community development and the use of organic products.

Our Recommendation

Take a fascinating spice walk, or walk in the ‘noisy’ jungle.

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