Spice Village – CGH Earth Resort
Set in landscaped gardens on the edge of the mountainous Periyar Tiger Reserve, this tranquil eco-resort is 5 km from Abraham's Spice Garden and 10 km from Periyar Lake.
Featuring thatched roofs and stone floors, the woodsy-chic rooms come with minibars, tea and coffeemakers, and patios. Suites add separate living rooms. There are no TVs.
There's a cosy bar, a farm-to-table buffet restaurant and an antiques-filled, open-sided tea room. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, sports courts and an Ayurvedic spa. Activities consist of cookery classes, yoga, fishing and bullock cart rides, plus guided treks and safaris.