Nestling in a valley in the low hills of the Southern Ghats and surrounded by tropical jungle, this rustic retreat is ideal for visiting nearby Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
It comprises a main lodge which houses an airy verandah, a dining room, a snug sitting room and a hall. Sprawling up the hill behind are rooms and cottages which are decorated simply but comfortably, stylishly and in keeping with traditional and local styles. Most have private verandahs or a small garden sitout which are lovely places to sit and listen to the sounds of the jungle. At the top of the hill is a pretty swimming pool and a small Ayurvedic massage centre and recreation room.
The entire property abounds with exotic trees and a myriad of different spices, all of which are named so it makes for an enjoyable and informative stroll around the premises. Due to its dense jungle location, it can be damp but, in the evenings sit by a cosy log fire after a day out walking in the spice plantations or at Periyar. It’s an immensely peaceful place with antiques, artefacts and woodwork, dominating the hotel.
Shalimar Spice Garden is renowned for its delicious food which combines local recipes with western touches. A perfect entry or departure point for Kerala and one with great charm.
Shalimar in 2010-11 will be developing its own handbook of bio-diversity that a guest can experience within the resort itself. Going forward, it will attempt to build a few social awareness programs to sensitize neighbours on eco-practices.
Education starts at home is what they believe. Shalimar staff will also be constantly undergoing training programs on Eco-Sensitization.
The resort manager will also be developing a program involved with local schools to conduct orientation programs and industry exposure programs.
They are also planning on discontinuing the use of or will charge an ‘eco fee" for the use of plastic bottled water at the resort. Good quality sealed glass bottles with filtered water will be made available to guests free of charge BUT if they do decide to order for Plastic sealed bottled water an "eco fee" will be levied. This fine will be utilized for the capacity building and environment awareness programs which guests too can participate.
For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,or the hotel direct.
Take a fascinating spice walk, or walk in the ‘noisy’ jungle.
By road from Madurai, Munnar, Cochin, Kanam, the 'backwaters' and Phalgat.