|Built on a verdant land unscathed by modernization, the Shalimar Spice is a perfect blend of European and Indian living without diluting the rich heritage of Kerala.
The resort merges with the spice gardens that encompass it, is the verdant landscape bordering the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, making it a great place for your holiday.
Periyar Tiger Reserve – Community Based Ecotourism Programmes : Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. People oriented and park centred community based ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. These programmes are conducted by local people responsible for the surveillance of the vulnerable parts of the reserve.
NOTE: For all activities at Periyar Tiger Reserve, guests should report at least 5 minutes prior to schedule timings. Tickets are not refundable in case of late report or last minute cancellation.
Nature Walk & Green Walk: Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km in length. This is a 3 hours interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.
Junglescout : This programme is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe eco-development zones of the tiger reserve. By participating in this, one is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar. Persons having proper physical and mental fitness to trek through the wilderness in the night could take the 3 hours trekking. Two protection watchers and one-armed forest guard will accompany them! Try the limits of your senses-sight, hearing and smell and take in the very different world of nocturnal jungle life.
Border Hiking: This is a conservation oriented hard trek taking up a full day. The trekking starts at 8 o’ clock in the morning and ends in the evening. The route passes through undulating terrains. Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters will be covered and the trekkers could glimpse the lofty escarpments bordering the park watershed and the vast plains down below. Gaur, sloth bear, elephant, etc. are often sighted along this route apart from birds and butterflies. The trekkers will go with two guides and an armed forest guard. Vegetarian refreshments can be had en route.
Cloud Walk : Three hour trek to the Kurushumala hills, guided by the tribal guides. This also involves trek through the forest and tribal village visit.
Timings: In between 7am to 3pm
Bamboo Rafting On Periyar Lake: This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. The team hitchhikes back to the boat landing by about 5 pm. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 persons. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served en route.
Bullock Cart Ride
Tribal Village Visiting : The Programme involves mainly the tribal museum visit and trekking through the tribal hamlet situated within the periphery of Periyar Tiger Reserve accompanied by a tribal guide.
Boat Cruise On Periyar Lake : Timings: 7.30am, 10am, 11:30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
Spice Plantation Tours (Around 1 hour) :
Elephant ride in spice plantation : Half hour with Elephant, including ride, photo session etc.
Kathakali : Kathakali is a dancing theatre created, some 300 years ago, out of 1000 year old traditions. Kathakali has attracted great directors, actors and storytellers into Kerala for many years.
Kalarippayattu : Kalarippayattu is a martial art originated in ancient South India. Kung-fu, popularized by the monks of Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalarippayattu master.
Tea Factory Visit :
Jeep Safari -GAVI (40 KM) – Eco Tourism Programmes From Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd : Gavi programme involves a close interaction with the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats, and provides excellent trails through the midst of the evergreen forests to the camping sites at Meaner and Valley view. The trails passes through dense patches of forests where even at mid-day sunlight struggles to penetrate, where Elephants roam free, and where truly man meets nature in all its majesty and glory.
Vantage Views : Chellarkovil (15 km): This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for eyes.
Grampi (28 km): Grampi is also known as Eagle rock because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rock plains, lush hillside, forests and picturesque views lend charm to this destination.
Shalimar Plantation Tour : Inside Shalimar Spice Garden, you will be able to find many spices and some ayuverdic plants. The coffee you drink, as well as the pepper and cardamom you taste at the restaurant are fresh ground from our spice plantation. Call Reception for bookings, they will be pleased to guide you.
Shalimar Nature Walk : Starting from Shalimar Spice Garden this walk is one big nature walk where in the beginning you will go through narrow pathways, then through a little more open vegetation and finally you will walk on the outskirts of Murikkadi, the village surrounding Shalimar Spice Garden.
Shalimar Panorama Walk : Around Shalimar Garden, this walk mainly covers unpaved roads between spice fields & other crops and working man area’s. It includes some very beautiful panoramas with even a view into Tamil Nadu.
MADURAI (City of temples) : Main attraction is the Meenakshi Temple, South India biggest temple; also you can visit different small temples as well as Madurai is an ideal place for shopping. On the way back you can see the Vaiga Dam also vegetable farm, vineyards, etc.
MUNNAR HILL STATION : Mattuppetty- Beautiful picnic spot & Boating facilities on the Mattupetty reservoir.
Iduki Dam : India’s Biggest Arch Dam opens only for 15 days during Onam Holidays (August/September). Boating facilities are also available.
|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 the birds and the butterflies do not seem to be in a hurry.
The lush foliage of the coffee, cardamom and other spices plants surround the cottages.
|Shalimar provides the right environment and facilities to rejuvenate your mind and body. There are qualified ayurveda doctors and well-trained masseurs, both men and women at the resort
Massage therapies for rejuvenation and general well-being are also available at the resort.