Spice Village

Thekkady, India

Ideally located close to the Periyar National Park, Spice Village is a laid back and homely place, with the protection of nature and the environment as one of its core values. Spice Village is located just 190 kms from Cochin airport.

At a Glance

  • All the cottages at Spice Village have private verandas, an ideal place to relax and read a book

  • The buffet restaurant serves fantastic south Indian cuisine with endless choices

  • The hotel has its own swimming pool

  • Enjoy watching the monkeys at Spice Village

  • Increase your botanical knowledge by exploring all the gardens around your cottage - each and every flower/ tree is labelled.

Adventure, Family, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Enjoy watching how a typical Indian curry is made and learn about the local spices used.

Alice Moseley

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Spice Village is set in 15 acres of spice gardens at an elevation of 3000ft above sea level. This is a region a few hours inland from the Keralan coast with silent valleys, vast plantations of teak, cardamom, tea, rubber and coffee and wildlife sanctuaries boasting astonishing biodiversities.

Accommodation is in the form of comfortable and cosy huts thatched with elephant grass, spread around dense plantations of forest trees and spices. Rooms feature contemporary furnishings, modern plumbing and hot water provided by solar power in tune with the resort's strong eco approach. Cuisine served in the resort's restaurant is distinctly local with a special tribal twist but if curry isn't your cup of tea, there are Continental and western style dishes on the menu.

The hotel is very family friendly with its large garden, swimming pool and facilities for badminton, table tennis and a host of indoor games. The hotel also has a resident botanist who offers talks on the surrounding environment and wildlife and you can try your hand at some Keralan cooking.


Spice Village offers 52 individual, tribal-styled thatch-roof cottages with verandas, modern plumbing, solar-powered hot water and contemporary furnishings.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Spice Village. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.


Facilities at the resort include a pool, tennis courts, badminton, restaurant and Ayurvedic center.


At the resort you can take a dip in the swimming pool and play badminton, table tennis and a host of indoor games. The hotel also has a resident botanist who offers talks on the surrounding environment and wildlife and there are cooking classes available. Other activities in the area include a boat safari in Lake Periyar, night treks, and visits to spice and rubber plantations.

Location & Directions

Thekkady, India

Located in Kumily, a small settlement three kilometers from Thekkady, the main entrance to the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala (South India).

When to go

Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.

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