Deep in the verdant jungles of Keralas silent valley lies the pristine reserve of Thekkady. The gracious Niraamaya Retreats, Cardamom Club carefully blends into this wild outpost. A 6 key Ayurvedic retreat set amid eight acres of spice plantation and enveloped by the majestic trees, the intimate cottages overlook deep valleys and gurgling streams. Cafe Samsara, an all day dining restaurant offer local and global cuisine to seduce your palate.
Beaumont Plantation Retreat elegantly stands in a small village named Chellarkovil and provides respite to travellers from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Guests get a breather from the humdrum of daily life and a chance to explore themselves and be with family and friends. The retreat, located on the outskirts of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, is nestled in the eternal lock of Western Ghats. Also, the resort totally understands its duty towards the environment and numerous eco-friendly steps are taken by the authorities to preserve the beauty of nature.\n\nRooms are available in two main categories, namely Honeymoon Cottage and Standard Room. Each room is equipped with modern amenities like cable television, safety locker and attached bath with luxury toiletries and constant supply of running hot and cold water. \n\nThere is a multi-cuisine restaurant in the resort looking after the culinary requirements of guests. Other facilities provided at Beaumont Plantation Retreat are doctor-on-call, internet access, car hire and laundry to mention a few.
Spice Village is the essence of a mountain tribal village, which is build keeping the modern independent traveler in mind. Curling around a 2,000 ft high misty ridge in the Periyar, the ranger's home, with fruit trees, rare herbs and a profusion of flowering plants has been converted into a resort. Tamarind Tree, a multi cuisine restaurant serves delicious meals to its guests. A specialty restaurant called 50- Mile Restaurant is also available.
Thekkady, located in Idukki district of Kerala, houses the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve that lies along the Tamil Nadu border. This well-known tiger reserve is sprawling over a massive area of around 777 sq km and is known for its biological diversity. It is a natural habitat of rare and endangered varieties of flora and fauna. Acting as the backbone of Thekkady tourism, it attracts thousands of tourists from India as well as abroad. An artificial lake, formed by Mullaperiyar Dam, enhances its value as a tourist attraction.
Mangala Devi Temple is another prominent, located 15 km away from Thekkady. This shrines opens its doors for devotees only during Chitra Pournami, a popular Hindu festival. Being in Thekkady, tourists can also pay a visit to the Spring Valley Mountain, which offers a panoramic view of green surroundings. Besides, they can enjoy exploring tea, coffee and cardamom plantations, located in Murukady, Odamade and Vellaramkunnu. Some other Thekkady tourist places include Pandikuzhi, Murikkady, Pullumedu Ramakalmedu and Vandanmedu.
A Thekkady trip casts a spell over tourists with its swirling roads, green meadows and dense forests. Being here, tourists take pleasure in nature walks, trekking, boating and bamboo rafting. They also enjoy Kathakali dance, which is popular in entire Kerala. Thekkady serves as the perfect destination for all urban-tired souls, inviting them to experience a tryst with the nature. All those who are planning to visit this destination should avoid summers as the weather is a bit hot during this season. September to March is considered an ideal time period to enjoy sojourn in Thekkady.
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