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Reviewed 25 May 2012

Interesting safari/tribal -type village hotel close to the entrance of the Periyar Tiger/Elephant Reserve in the Spice hub town of Thekkady in the mountains. Ideal spot to learn more about spices.

Service: Very friendly and professional staff!

Price/Rates: Quality mid-range accommodation. Restaurant/Bar reasonable.

Location: Good and quiet location walking distance to spice and souvenir shops, restaurants and Periyar. Short driving distance to various Spice Farms.

Food/Restaurant: Good although somewhat limited menu – very good service. Very nice and atmospheric bar from yesteryear with snooker table.

Facilities/Activities: On-site activities include cooking demonstrations, paper making classes, cultural dancing. Pleasant grounds with lush gardens and plenty exotic monkeys. Family orientated pool and small Ayurveda facility. Most activities/ attractions off-site, but easily accessible.

Rooms: Tribal-style bungalows - spacious, clean and very comfortable.

Ayurveda: Definitely not the focus of the property, tucked away and seemed like an after-thought. Also did not notice any Yoga classes, or fitness programmes.

What I liked most: Good and comfortable base to visit Periyar, Spice Farms and Tea plantations. Did a 1 hour elephant ride through the “forest”, which was fun. Spice garden visit a must – very interesting and not touristy.

What I liked least: It is a long and curvy 5 hour drive to get to Spice Village – be prepared. Do not expect an encounter with a Tiger at Periyar Park – or an elephant. Long queues to enter Periyar Park, with basically no chance to see a Tiger, and a remote chance to spot an elephant. We saw some buck and pigs- this excited the jam-packed boat of life vest wearing spectators on a shallow manmade lake.

Special Tip: Stop en-route for tea plantation tour - interesting.

Would I return to this hotel: If you have never done this then this is a Must Do – interesting, educational, different. But once done I would not return.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank WEALLLUVTRAVEL
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

We stayed in one of the bungalows which was simple but very pleasant and comfortable. The ammenities were very good. the restaurant was buffet style with a good selection of local food. The a la carte restaurant was closed unfortunately so we don't know how that was. The bar was good and a nice place to relax. the staff were very helpful and considerate. a nice little gift shop worth a visit.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Louis M
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

Spice village is a unique resort supporting the cause of "save environment save planet earth"The moment you enter the resort you can sense their concern to save environment.The staff is very courteous..they try their best to make your stay as peaceful and as homely as possible.The stay is very comfortable.They offer you only cottages.The food is real good everything fresh...all vegetables are organically grown in their own farms which is inside the property.They have an English style bar which has some real antique stuffs.They offer swimming pool though it lacks privacy.Resort has a large dinning area and offers buffet.but on request the chef is ready to prepare something that you prefer.The resort do not offer room service.
The resort is a great place to relax and loosen yourself of all the worries.,surrounded by lush greenery.They have a recreation room which has tabla tennis,carom board,chess etc facility.During the evening a walk through a local market of kumily will do good but sometimes it can become too noisy with all transport buses etc.
The resort can help you to arrange for a morning or night trek at near by periyar reserved forest area which is advisable only if you are a true nature lover coz you will not get to see animals may be wild elephants..but yes i enjoyed it its so calm so serene to be close to nature listen to the bird chirping...
Apart from this one can also go for a boat ride at the periyar river which we didnt try.But we preferred going to a day long trek to Periyar wildlife reserve forest area which is atleats 45 min to 1 hr drive away from resort but once again i ll say a must go for nature lovers.
Some cultural program during the evening at around 7PM. is also organized by the resort for the guest.
We went during the month of Oct - November 2011 and the resort had organized Cake Mixing Ceremony..they invited all the guest and it was a nice experience for me to be a full fledged part of it.
This is the second property of cgh Earth where we stayed after Maison de Perumal at pondicherry and i must say something unique about the staff at cgh they make you so comfortable that you just fall in love with them and long to come back once again soon.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank RadhaSharma
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

Eco friendly resort. The room is a simple bungalow, reasonable size, simple, and clean.
The 2 restaurants are good.
The all resort is surrounded by beautiful trees, monkeys and birds.
We did not have the chance to see any bats nor any tiger in the park.

Nice drive from there to Cochin through the tea plantation.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PIXSQUARED
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

Great place for relaxation. Very interesting gardens as they contain hundreds of trees (all with their names beside them). Spacious rooms (some are like a small house). You don't need to do any tours as the Village itself is a calm retreat. Great Eco feel. Lovely shop with many quirky things that I didn't find elsewhere in India. Spectacular grey and black monkeys run through the trees at the Village and are fun to watch.

Room Tip: The rooms at the back of the property are quiet and spacious.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Live2TravelAlways
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