In House Activity
Shalimar Plantation Tour
Shalimar Spice Garden, has numerous spices and ayuverdic plants. The coffee pepper and cardamoms used at the resorts are all freshly ground. The Reception maybe called for bookings.
Shalimar Nature Walk
Starting from Shalimar Spice Garden this walk is a long nature walk where you will go through narrow pathways, through an open vegetation and finally walk on the outskirts of Murikkadi, the village surrounding Shalimar Spice Garden.
Shalimar Panorama Walk
Around Shalimar Spice Garden, this walk mainly covers unpaved roads between spice fields & other crop fields. It includes some very beautiful panoramas also with an exotic view of Tamil Nadu
Full Day Excursions
Madurai (City of temples
The sought after Meenakshi Temple, South India biggest temple; and the different small temples of Madurai are spiritual elevating and are shopping as well. On the way back you can see the Vaiga Dam, vegetable farm, vineyards, etc.
Munnar Hill Station
- Mattuppetty- Exotic picnic spot with boating facilities available on the Mattupetty reservoir.
- Echo Point - Scenic Spot
- Kundala Dam - Picturesque place- artificial dam with pedal boating facility
- Top Station - Panoramic view of neighbouring states.
- Devikulam Hill Station - Aerial view of green carpet tea plantation.
- Power House Waterfalls - View of excellent waterfalls.
India's Biggest Arch Dam opens only for 15 days during Onam Holidays (August/September). Boating facilities are also available.
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 satisfaction to every visitor. 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.
Nature Walk & Green Walk (Advance booking Possible)
Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes that are generally 4 to 5 km long. 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.
This programme is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe eco-development zones of the tiger reserve. People capable of a trek through the wilderness may go. Two protection watchers and one-armed forest guard will accompany them.Try the this exotic experience of the wilderness.
Border Hiking (Advance booking Possible)
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.
Three hour trek to the Kurushumala hills, guided by the tribal guides. This also involves trek through the forest and tribal village visit.
Bamboo Rafting On Periyar Lake (Advance booking Possible)
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.
Bullock Cart Ride (Advance booking Possible)
Visit the farmlands and the slow pace of the village life hidden in the valley behind the mountains of Periyar Tiger Reserve in a bullock cart. The village is rich in bird diversity. With vineyards, diverse agricultural crops of mangoes, tamarind, onions, sunflower, jasmine and a score of other vegetables, the village is sure to astound you.
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
Booking is not possible for the current day, advance booking for the succeeding day can be done at Rs.500/- per head. If the ticket is not booked, then those interested should leave from the hotel at least 1 & half hour before the scheduled time of the boating during season (October to March).
Spice Plantation Tours (Around 1 hour)
Should leave from the hotel 15 minutes before.
Elephant ride in spice plantation
Half hour with Elephant, including ride, photo session etc. Two and Half hour with Elephant (150 min) - 30 minutes ride in the spice plantation, elephant bath, timber dragging (demo), feeding.
Kathakali is a dancing theatre created, 300 years ago, out of age old traditions. Kathakali has attracted great directors, actors and storytellers into Kerala for many years. October to March two shows are performed daily.
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.A performance may of the same may be arranged.
Tea Factory Visit
Those interested should leave from the hotel 40 minutes before for this guided tour.
Jeep Safari - Gavi (40 KM)
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 hardly penetrates through the canopy, where Elephants roam free, and where you can truly meet 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 the naturalist in any one.
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.