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Your pulse quickens in the hills. Kerala's share of the Western Ghats is one of the planet's most important biodiversity hotspots. Cardamom County borders the highlight of the region, the Periyar Tiger Reserve, where a trek provides access to viewing the entire tiger food chain. At Cardamom County our dreams are made of misty mornings, world-class bird-watching, mountain peaks hugged by clouds, meandering roads with stunning views, silver trails of waterfalls and spice scented plantations.

Cardamom County, a Nature retreat is set in beautifully landscaped gardens against the green clad mountains of the Periyar Forests. The cottages are built on various levels , following the natural contours of the hillock within the resort. Each cottage with its spacious bedroom and private verandah is simple yet stylish representing the finest in modern living.
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Thekkady

Thekkady, the eastern gateway to Kerala-God's own county, full of dense green vegetation, heady scents of spices, panoramic view, lakes, evergreen forest, herds of elephants and birds.

Periyar Wildlife Reserve

Periyar Wildlife Reserve is a protected area with no human settlements within the forest. This allows Periyar's mosaic of moist deciduous habitats to flourish across all strata - grasses, herbs, shrubs, creepers, epiphytes and trees.

Periyar Lake

The Periyar Lake is a reservoir; a flooded area that was created in 1895 by the buildings of the Mullaperiyar Dam. The tree stumps offer excellent perches to Periyar's rich birdlife. One of the few places where a dam has been good for an ecosystem.

Periyar Lake

The Periyar Lake forms the heart of the sanctuary and is the lifeline for a profusion of plants and animals. It is rich in fish fauna with around 40 species of fishes, of which four are endemic to Periyar.

Periyar Lake

In Summer, apart from streams in the high altitude evergreens, others run dry. The year round availability of water from the Periyar Lake, is the backbone of the reserve's diversity.

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Nestled in the southern Western Ghats is the backbone of the reserve's diversity mountain range of peninsular India, Periyar Tiger Reserve is the oldest and largest Protected Areas of Kerala (925 Sq.km).

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tigers lead solitary lives. They are primarily nocturnal and are difficult to spot during day; their striped coats make an excellent camouflage among the long grasses and dried twigs and leaves in the forest periphery which they inhabit.

Lion Tailed Macaque

The Lion Tailed Macaque is a rare Western Ghats' endemic primate. It spends a majority of its life in the upper canopy of tropical moist evergreen forests. Unlike other macaques, it avoids humans and does not cross inhabited land to access other forested areas.

Malabar Giant Squirrel

The Malabar Giant Squirrel is usually found in the upper canopy and rarely descends from the safety of trees. It moves along the canopy from one tree to another through interconnecting branches. Larger gaps in the forest canopy are overcome by leaps of up to 6 metres!

Elephants

Elephants are by nature, migratory creatures. Hunting for new sources of food is a constant reason for a herd to migrate through the forests, and in some cases beyond the perimeter of the reserve. Many of the modern roads today were in fact old elephant routes.

Nilgiri Tahr

Nilgiri Tahr inhabit montane grasslands above the forest line, adjacent to rocky crags, which they use for shelter and as a refuge when threatened. They are extremely quick and sure footed and remain alert even if they seem to be peacefully grazing.

Thekkady

Thekkady, the eastern gateway to Kerala-God's own county, full of dense green vegetation, heady scents of spices, panoramic view, lakes, evergreen forest, herds of elephants and birds.

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Periyar Wildlife Reserve

Periyar Wildlife Reserve is a protected area with no human settlements within the forest. This allows Periyar's mosaic of moist deciduous habitats to flourish across all strata - grasses, herbs, shrubs, creepers, epiphytes and trees.

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Periyar Lake

The Periyar Lake is a reservoir; a flooded area that was created in 1895 by the buildings of the Mullaperiyar Dam. The tree stumps offer excellent perches to Periyar's rich birdlife. One of the few places where a dam has been good for an ecosystem.

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Periyar Lake

The Periyar Lake forms the heart of the sanctuary and is the lifeline for a profusion of plants and animals. It is rich in fish fauna with around 40 species of fishes, of which four are endemic to Periyar.

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Periyar Lake

In Summer, apart from streams in the high altitude evergreens, others run dry. The year round availability of water from the Periyar Lake, is the backbone of the reserve's diversity.

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Periyar Tiger Reserve

Nestled in the southern Western Ghats is the backbone of the reserve's diversity mountain range of peninsular India, Periyar Tiger Reserve is the oldest and largest Protected Areas of Kerala (925 Sq.km).

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Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tigers lead solitary lives. They are primarily nocturnal and are difficult to spot during day; their striped coats make an excellent camouflage among the long grasses and dried twigs and leaves in the forest periphery which they inhabit.

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Lion Tailed Macaque

The Lion Tailed Macaque is a rare Western Ghats' endemic primate. It spends a majority of its life in the upper canopy of tropical moist evergreen forests. Unlike other macaques, it avoids humans and does not cross inhabited land to access other forested areas.

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Malabar Giant Squirrel

The Malabar Giant Squirrel is usually found in the upper canopy and rarely descends from the safety of trees. It moves along the canopy from one tree to another through interconnecting branches. Larger gaps in the forest canopy are overcome by leaps of up to 6 metres!

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Elephants

Elephants are by nature, migratory creatures. Hunting for new sources of food is a constant reason for a herd to migrate through the forests, and in some cases beyond the perimeter of the reserve. Many of the modern roads today were in fact old elephant routes.

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Nilgiri Tahr

Nilgiri Tahr inhabit montane grasslands above the forest line, adjacent to rocky crags, which they use for shelter and as a refuge when threatened. They are extremely quick and sure footed and remain alert even if they seem to be peacefully grazing.

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Accommodation

Cosy cottage with spacious bedrooms and a private verandah
overlooking the grandeur of the Periyar Hills are our signature.
Fully furnished with every feature for a comfortable stay, every room is
a testimony to our philosophy of responsible tourism.

Periyar Cottage

Periyar Cottage facing the bamboo forest.
A/C and Non A/C Rooms.
Dimension- 33 sqm.

Periyar Cottage

Periyar Cottage facing the bamboo forest.
A/C and Non A/C Rooms.
Dimension- 33 sqm.

Periyar Cottage

Periyar Cottage facing the bamboo forest.
A/C and Non A/C Rooms.
Dimension- 33 sqm.

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County Cottage

County Cottage facing the all-natural spice gardens with window side day bed and cozy writing desk.
Dimension- 36 sqm.

County Cottage

County Cottage facing the all-natural spice gardens with window side day bed and cozy writing desk.
Dimension- 36 sqm.

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Suites

Suites provide the widest range of views from
both bedroom and living room.
Dimension- 52 sqm.

Suites

Suites provide the widest range of views from
both bedroom and living room.
Dimension- 52 sqm.

Book Now

Periyar Cottage

Periyar Cottage facing the bamboo forest.
A/C and Non A/C Rooms.
Dimension- 33 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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Periyar Cottage

Periyar Cottage facing the bamboo forest.
A/C and Non A/C Rooms.
Dimension- 33 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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Periyar Cottage

Periyar Cottage facing the bamboo forest.
A/C and Non A/C Rooms.
Dimension- 33 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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County Cottage

County Cottage facing the all-natural spice gardens with window side day bed and cozy writing desk.
Dimension- 36 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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County Cottage

County Cottage facing the all-natural spice gardens with window side day bed and cozy writing desk.
Dimension- 36 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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Suites

Suites provide the widest range of views from
both bedroom and living room.
Dimension- 52 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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Suites

Suites provide the widest range of views from
both bedroom and living room.
Dimension- 52 sqm.

BOOK NOW
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Amenities

Facilities and Amenities on Complimentary Basis

COMPLIMENTARY BUFFET BREAKFAST (MULTICUISINE)
WIFI CONNECTIVITY | IN-ROOM ELECTRONIC SAFE | FRUIT BASKET
COFFEE AND TEA AMENITIES | IRON & IRON BOARD
SHOE CLEANING | SHOE HORN AND SLIPPERS | DENTAL KIT & SHAVING KIT
HAIR DRYER | OUR ALL-DAY DINING RESTAURANT, ALL SPICE | GYMNASIUM
YOGA CENTER | POOL | PAPER BAG MAKING SESSION
BOARD GAMES AND POOL TABLE | LIBRARY | BIRDWATCHING
MICRO-FILTERED BOTTLED WATER FROM OUR REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM

On Request

DOCTOR ON CALL FACILITY

Leisure

SPICE FARMS AND TEA FACTORY TOURS | AYURA TREATMENTS | CULTURAL SHOWS
NATURE WALKS | JUNGLE PATROL | BAMBOO RAFTING
GUIDED TREKS | JEEP SAFARIS | BULLOCK CART RIDES | TRIBAL VILLAGE VISIT

Ayura Spa

Ayura is our Green Leaf certified wellness center, where we offer an
introduction to Ayurveda, an ancient way of life that promotes healthy living.
Ayura provides stress-relieving therapies, but not the same as you
might find in a spa in resorts in other parts of the world.

Ayura Spa

No holiday to Kerala can be considered complete without a spot of soul soothing Ayurvedic rejuvenation. Experience the effects of Nature's own healing fragrances amidst the lush wilderness and pristine comfort.

Set against this abundance of wild life and wilderness is Ayura, an exclusive Ayurveda Spa. Designed to transport you into a world of healing and therapy, Ayura offers a wide array of cosmetic and therapeutic treatments.

Lifestyles, job profiles and social pressures are increasingly leading to undue stress, fatigue and illness. Ayura has painstakingly put together several wellness packages for a variety of ailments and durations.

All treatment and therapy is prescribed according to the individual's Prakruthi or body type.

Personalized consultations with the resident physicians, the seasoned hands of their experienced masseurs, Yoga and meditation are all part of the prescribed Ayurvedic therapy.

If treatment for specific illnesses and therapy is what you are looking for, the physicians at Ayura will assess and create a healing programme especially for you.

Durations of packages could vary from 14 to 21 days or more as per your individual requirements. Absorb the tranquil freshness of healing and relief. Ayura is wholly dedicated to Ayurveda and YOU.

Ayura Spa

No holiday to Kerala can be considered complete without a spot of soul soothing Ayurvedic rejuvenation. Experience the effects of Nature's own healing fragrances amidst the lush wilderness and pristine comfort.

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Ayura Spa

Set against this abundance of wild life and wilderness is Ayura, an exclusive Ayurveda Spa. Designed to transport you into a world of healing and therapy, Ayura offers a wide array of cosmetic and therapeutic treatments.

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Ayura Spa

Lifestyles, job profiles and social pressures are increasingly leading to undue stress, fatigue and illness. Ayura has painstakingly put together several wellness packages for a variety of ailments and durations.

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Ayura Spa

All treatment and therapy is prescribed according to the individual's Prakruthi or body type.

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Ayura Spa

Personalized consultations with the resident physicians, the seasoned hands of their experienced masseurs, Yoga and meditation are all part of the prescribed Ayurvedic therapy.

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Ayura Spa

If treatment for specific illnesses and therapy is what you are looking for, the physicians at Ayura will assess and create a healing programme especially for you.

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Ayura Spa

Durations of packages could vary from 14 to 21 days or more as per your individual requirements. Absorb the tranquil freshness of healing and relief. Ayura is wholly dedicated to Ayurveda and YOU.

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Activities

The conservation tourism experience includes a number of activities that can
allow direct interaction with the local community and the special
Periyar environment.

Nature Walk | Border Hiking | Bamboo Rafting | Tribal Heritage Visit | Elephant Park | Jeep Safari | Gavi Tour | Plantation Tour | Boating

An interpretive 4 to 5 km hike through diverse habitats of the reserve, this half day outing offers an excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

This challenging, full-day trek takes guests deeper into the reserve, allowing further opportunity for animal sightings and interaction with the environment.

This all day program combines traditional rafting and range hiking through some of the richest forest tracts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

A tribal museum visit is followed by a tour through the tribal hamlet situated within the periphery of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, accompanied by a tribal guide.

Visit to an exclusive home for elephants to experience and learn about the life of the domesticated pachyderm.

The road leading to the picturesque Gavi is blanketed by tea plantations. Overseen by trained locals it is an outstanding trekking experience.

With picturesque locales and magnificent wildlife reserves, Gavi is ideal for activities such as trekking, night safaris, wildlife watching and outdoor camping overseen by trained locals.

The tour offers an excellent opportunity to see medicinal plants and buy garden fresh spices from the plantation.

The first and foremost activity of a tourist in Thekkady is Boating in the Lake. One can see the wild animals along the gringe of the lake foraging, bathing, drinking and resting.

All Spice Restaurant | Bar | Organic Farming | Pool Table | Gymnasium | Pennycuick Hall | Mini Conference Hall | Swimming Pool

With a mild breeze caressing you, here's the perfect setting for many an idyllic meal. The expansive open air terrace that offers an ideal venue for informal parties, grills, barbeques and Candlelight Dinners.

An open-air wine and beer bar in a natural setting overlooking the swimming pool welcomes you after a day of trekking or relaxing Ayurvedic therapy.

We source as much produce as possible from our own property to create food experiences from our farm to your table - Fresh eggs from our farms and a variety of greens for the most crisp and refreshing salads.

Enjoy a quick game of Billiards or Snooker on our Pool Table.

Health and Fitness Center.

A well equipped conference hall (300pax in theatre style seating), is an ideal setting for a weekend of business and pleasure. We also have special room packages for conferences and other events.

A welcoming location for get-togethers, meetings and parties. Our rooftop terrace with open-air dining facilities can be used for campfires and cultural shows as well.

Swimming pool welcomes you to have a refreshing and relaxing time.

Nature Walk

An interpretive 4 to 5 km hike through diverse habitats of the reserve, this half day outing offers an excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

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Border Hiking

This challenging, full-day trek takes guests deeper into the reserve, allowing further opportunity for animal sightings and interaction with the environment.

find more
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Bamboo Rafting

This all day program combines traditional rafting and range hiking through some of the richest forest tracts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

find more
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Tribal Heritage Visit

A tribal museum visit is followed by a tour through the tribal hamlet situated within the periphery of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, accompanied by a tribal guide.

find more
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Elephant Park

Visit to an exclusive home for elephants to experience and learn about the life of the domesticated pachyderm.

find more
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Jeep Safari

The road leading to the picturesque Gavi is blanketed by tea plantations. Overseen by trained locals it is an outstanding trekking experience.

find more
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Gavi Tour

With picturesque locales and magnificent wildlife reserves, Gavi is ideal for activities such as trekking, night safaris, wildlife watching and outdoor camping overseen by trained locals.

find more
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Plantation Tour

The tour offers an excellent opportunity to see medicinal plants and buy garden fresh spices from the plantation.

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Boating

The first and foremost activity of a tourist in Thekkady is Boating in the Lake. One can see the wild animals along the gringe of the lake foraging, bathing, drinking and resting.

find more
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All Spice Restaurant

With a mild breeze caressing you, here's the perfect setting for many an idyllic meal. The expansive open air terrace that offers an ideal venue for informal parties, grills, barbeques and Candlelight Dinners.

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Bar

An open-air wine and beer bar in a natural setting overlooking the swimming pool welcomes you after a day of trekking or relaxing Ayurvedic therapy.

find more
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Organic Farming

We source as much produce as possible from our own property to create food experiences from our farm to your table - Fresh eggs from our farms and a variety of greens for the most crisp and refreshing salads.

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Pool Table

Enjoy a quick game of Billiards or Snooker on our Pool Table.

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Gymnasium

Health and Fitness Center.

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Pennycuick Hall

A well equipped conference hall (300pax in theatre style seating), is an ideal setting for a weekend of business and pleasure. We also have special room packages for conferences and other events.

find more
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Mini Conference Hall

A welcoming location for get-togethers, meetings and parties. Our rooftop terrace with open-air dining facilities can be used for campfires and cultural shows as well.

find more
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Swimming Pool

Swimming pool welcomes you to have a refreshing and relaxing time.

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