Visitors traveling to Periyar Tiger Reserve opt to stay in nearby Periyar hotels. However, you need not go further for accommodations because there are already lodging facilities inside the reserve. Here are some of them:
Spice Village – For a more naturalistic way to experience Periyar, consider losing all modern equipments and leaving everything to nature. Imagine a vacation without air conditioning, television and all that piped music. This means, you get to experience Periyar how it truly is – a chance to be one with nature and its entire splendor.
All 52 accommodations in Spice Village greet you with simple pine furniture, plain terracotta floors and not a cinch of pretentiousness. This resort is world renowned and even received awards for its excellent services, delectable cuisines and that unique experience it can offer.
Spice Village is part of the Casino Group of Hotels. It is situated about 180 kilometers from the Cochin airport. It is also near the Kottayam Railways Station and the Kumily Bus Stand. Some of the facilities you will adore include an Ayurvedic Health Spa, cooking demonstrations, yoga and a meditation center as well as pepper vines, a tiger club, day trekking and night trekking activities. Other activities are jeep safaris, bamboo rafting, night camping, indoor games and outdoor games.
Taj Garden Retreat – This accommodation offers 32 rustic and thatched-roof villas along the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a beautiful resort set at about 2,700 ft. above sea level. It boasts of spacious rooms having fine wood decors and furniture which are adorned with charming natural fabrics.
This resort is located only 134 kilometers from the Madurai Airport. It is also near the Kottayam Railway Station ad the Kumily Bus Stand. They offer a multi-cuisine menu and various other facilities like a pool, Ayurvedic Massage Center, Wildlife Books Library and a recreation center. They also provide boating activities on Periyar Lake, a Spice Plantation Tour, forest trekking and a book shop as well as conference and banquet facilities. Taj Garden Retreat is part of the Taj Group of Hotels.
Muthoot Cardamom County – This resort is fast becoming popular for the lasting memories it offers to guests. It features beautifully landscaped gardens over green clad mountains. It has stylish cottages having the finest furniture and conveniences in modern living.
This accommodation offers 44 well-appointed rooms featuring a contemporary charm mixed with the Old World charm. It is situated only 180 kilometers from the Kochi International Airport. The Kottayam Railway Station is only 110 kilometers away while the Kumily Bus Stand is merely 2 kilometers away.
Facilities and amenities offered by Muthoot Cardamom County include an Ayuvedic Center, health club, room service, swimming pool, doctor-on-call, money changer and doctor-on-call as well as baby sittings services, a Plantation Tour, boating activities and a travel desk. They also provide business services like e-mail and fax services. This resort is part of the Carmom County Parks & Hotels.
All about Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve is a wonderful portrayal of nature’s bounty. It possesses that great scenic charm, especially with its rich bio-diversified fauna and flora. The reserve stretches over 777 square kilometers and is one amongst India’s twenty-seven tiger reserves.
The facility is efficiently managed and zealously guarded due to its endangered, endemic and rare flora and fauna. It also forms as a major watershed of Kerala’s 2 important rivers – Pamba and Periyar.
The hallmark of this reserve is its park-centered-and-people-oriented-community-based ecotourism. Proud to say, local people are the ones who conducted surveillance programs that aim to protect the susceptible parts of the reserve. Through these, even tourists become aware of the importance of forest conservation. In Periyar, you will find the people who used to make a living on illegal operations but are now forest protectors.