Cradled in mist shrouded mountains, Periyar nestles close to
the dense rain forests of the High Ranges. The luxuriant
vegetation, sudden gushing waterfalls & an exhilarating view
of the velvet valleys below form a scenic background to the
journey up the Ghats.
A relaxed tour for participating members who will be taken to
the tranquil hill retreat in the Southern India, famous for
its diverse well preserved ecosystem with the help of
[These Eco Tour Programs are best
run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY -
Cradled in mist shrouded mountains. Periyar nestles
close to the dense rain forests of the high ranges. The
luxuriant vegetation, sudeen gushing waterfalls and on
exhilarating view of the velvet valleys below form a scenic
background to the journey up the Western Ghats.
Initially protected by the Maharaja of Travancore, the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 775 sq. kms of pristine
nature. A safe heaven for the wild to roam freely in a Garden
This tranquil hill retreat is accessible only by road. And the
journey up is half the pleasure. Winding mountain roads
bordered by undulating tea plantations. Flocks of tea-pickers
calmly fill their bags in the clear mountain air. And the road
winds on to Kumily, a tiny village near the Periyar Sanctuary.
DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS :
The forests of Periyar are of different types . The
open grasslands, the source of food for elephants, gaurs,
small wild boars and deer. The deciduous forest, well marked
by majestic teak and terminilia that shed their leaves
seasonally. Running along wet stream areas and sometimes lying
adjacent to the tropical evergreen forest are the semi -
evergreen forests, where trees rise up to 40 meters.
THE BIRDS AND THE ANIMALS :
Periyar is home to a spectacular variety of animal
and birds. The elephant population at Periyar total around
1200. And it is a common sight to see them feeding bathing and
swimming in groups. Unlike their African cousins, Indian she
elephants have no tusks, another herbivorous commonly sighted
is the India Bison. Of course you will never miss the Wild
Boar. Otters who are expert fishermen are a common sight along
the Lake Periyar forest, naturally harbors very many
predators. Tigers, Leopards and Asiatic wild dogs all CO-exist
in the sanctuary. Completing the picture of wild animals are
the reptiles. Monitor Lizards, Python, King Cobra and other
SPICE VILLAGE : A TRIBAL VILLAGE IN A
SPICE GARDEN :
When the Periyar Lake was formed, the native
tribesmen of Periyar, the Oorali & Mannan, moved deeper into
the forest, away from outskirts of modernity. And till today,
they preserve their ancient tribal rites and some of them
still live on trees, Their huts are made of bamboo with
thatched roofs of long stemmed ‘ elephant grass ` , supported
by bamboo poles, which blend well with the surrounding
greenery of the pepper vine. A continuous verandah runs all
along the hut to provide an airy place to spend quiet
evenings. Man and nature join hands to form a quiet harmony
together, where the past is preserved for the present. And
time flows by on a seamles stream.
SPICE VILLAGE IN COMPLETE HARMONY
WITH THE LAND :
To preserve this inheritance of untouched beauty of
the primitive forest dwellings, spice village has been created
as a nature habitat - a modern tribal community set in a
fragrant spice garden, where every cottage is built in the
same lines as the tribal dwellings. And pepper vines and
cardamom bushes grow lush every cottage.
The comforts of modernity with the harmony of the primitive -
spice village, where the rhythms of nature measure each
passing day. And the surrounding quiet of the land is
punctuated by the chirping of the crickets and the haunting
melody of the cuckoo.
ACTIVITIES AT THE RESORT :
Revel in the swirling pools of silence or take a
stroll down to the Periyar Lake. Go on a boat Safari where you
can watch wild animals from the safety of your boat. Elephants
moving slowly, while the young one feed on the tender shoots
of elephant grass from the edge of the lake. The jungle treks
on foot or jeep will bring you face to face with rich
vegetation and wildlife.
Plantation visits to the high hills and low valleys on jeep is
an experience that should never be missed. Perhaps even share
a cup garden fresh coffee with a planter or select your pick
from the freshest of the spices, straight from the spice
Periyar is the garden of India. The crisp climate, the gentle
slopes of fertile grassland and bright sunlight combine to
make Periyar and ideal home for Spice gardens. From pepper and
cardamoms to cinnamon and cloves. Pepper plants grow wild on
the hillsides. While the surrounding tea plantations give off
fragrances to fresh tea in the calm crystalline air.
SPICE VILLAGE - PERIYAR FACT
Madurai 90 miles / 145 kms.
Cochin 118 miles / 190 kms
Both these cities are the nearest airports with direct flight
connections from the gateway cities of Delhi and Mumbai
37 thatched villas with bath in a sprawling spice
June to August - Monsoon
September to January - Cool and pleasant.
February to May - Dry but excellent for viewing wild life.
OTHER FACILITIES :
International and ethnic with special emphasis on
garden fresh spices and tropical foods and vegetables. All
meals are buffet.
Boat safari in Lake Periyar.
Jungle Trek, Plantation visit, Swimming pool, Cycle
expeditions and visit tribal village.
3000 feet above sea level.
Cottons for the day, light woolens for evening and