Just 3 km away from Thekkady the main entrance to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kumily village is home to the delightful eco-friendly Spice Village. Enhanced by four posters and footstools, the colonial elements and the modern-day comforts act as a beautiful foil to its traditional native tribal-style huts with their wraparound verandas. Centred in the village complex is a glittering swimming pool, while for those looking for that extra pampering there’s Ayurvedic massage and therapies conducted under the supervision of a qualified doctor. The in-house botanist helps visitors identify the spice trees on the grounds and the chef offers demonstrations and cooking classes of Kerala cuisine with spices every evening. In addition, you can enjoy jungle excursions and leisurely tea and spice garden tours.