Shalimar Spice Garden, Thekkady, Kerala
A simple remedy for the heat and humidity of the plains of Kerala is a trip to the mountains of Thekkady. Shalimar Spice Garden Resort is located at a height of 800 meters at the edge of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The air here is relatively cool and life is simple. The straw covered cottages stand in the midst of bright green spice plantations that are surrounded with trees laden with mangoes, nutmeg and cardamom.
Originally conceived by Maria Angela, a passionate Italian designer, Shalimar rates among the finest special places to stay in this quiet and peaceful destination. Built on lush green land unscathed by modernization, the Shalimar Spice Garden is a perfect blend of European and Indian living. The resort merges with the spice gardens and gets encompassed in the verdant landscape bordering the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. A gurgling mountain stream meanders through the property and a wooden bridge built over the stream connects the resort to the outside world.
The architecture of the cottages is a fusion of Indian concepts and Western comfort. The rich foliage of the coffee, cardamom and other spice plants surrounding the cottages provides a curtain of privacy. The en-suite bathrooms are indulgent and top-class. The in-house restaurant lends itself to a warm and cozy atmosphere for a laid back, unhurried meal. The lounge with a fireplace is a perfect place to relax. The Ayurveda center with two comfortable (and) spacious therapy rooms provide the complete care that you deserve. There is a Leisure lounge comprising a television and a library. The library stores a wide selection of books in different languages, with which one can curl up during the chilly evenings. With its natural environment and ambiance, Shalimar is the perfect place to be, for you to get closer to nature. The pace of life here is so easy and peaceful that even birds and butterflies seem to move at a slower pace.