Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

15 km from Spice Villa

In the banks of Periyar Lake lays the pride of Kerala - The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. The sanctuary which borders with Tamil Nadu is located in the Cardamom and Pandhalam hills in the Western Ghats. The wildlife sanctuary is also famous for its tiger reserve and elephant reserve.
Read More Visiting the sanctuary will be like exploring the nature around, enjoying the pristine and peaceful atmosphere around and getting relaxed from your busy schedules. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is famous for its rich flora and fauna. The forest here is tropical evergreen and moist deciduous. You can see here teak, rosewoods, sandalwoods, mangoes, tamarinds, banyans, bamboos etc.
Entering deep into the forests, you will be able to sight around 35 species of mammals like Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, gaur, sambar, wild pig, Indian giant squirrel, jungle cat, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque etc. The sanctuary is also unique with its bird population. Around 265 species of birds are present here. Common birds like Malabar grey hornbill, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri flycatcher etc are seen here. If lucky you may be also able to watch rare species like black baza, Nilgiri thrush, little spiderhunter, brahminy kite, great hornbill etc.
Lots of activities are organized inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. You can enjoy the wildness with a trekking programme. The programme is arranged from morning 7 am to evening 3 pm. Other activities are jungle patrol, bamboo rafting, jungle inn, jungle camp, border hiking etc.
Ideal time to visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is from October till June. After the heavy monsoon it will be difficult to sight the wild animals as there will be enough water inside the jungle itself. You can sight them outside during dry season as they will come out in search of water.
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6 kms from Spice Villa

Considered to be one of the best tourism spot in the Idukki district, Chellarkovil always attracts tourists from all over the world.
Chellarkovil is famous for its greenish mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque beauty. The destination is placed around 1200 m above the sea level.
Read More When you reach Chellarkovil, you will feel like this is the place that you were longing to visit for a long time. You can see here number of huts, path ways, watch tower, herbarium of medicinal plants, a tourist amenity centre and so on. You can enjoy here guided trekking, guided spice tour, ayurvedic garden and other village activities. The income generated through this project is used for afforestation, environment protection and other environment related projects.
At Chellakovil, you can find a watch tower and there is a telescope placed on the balcony. This balcony is known as 'God's own balcony'. The view from here is great. The most beautiful sight from here is the sunrise and sunset. There is a beautiful waterfall here which is fantastic during the monsoon season. Another specialty of the waterfall is that, the fall originates from Kerala but touches the land at Tamil Nadu irrigating the vegetables and growing plains of Tamil Nadu. Best time to visit Chellarkovil is from September to May.
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Pandikuzhi Viewpoint

10 km from Spice Villa

It is another enchanting destination for nature lovers. They are heaven for those travellers, who love more to indulge with nature and want to be one with the greenish environment. Varieties of flora and fauna, the chilling streams are some of the specialities of Pandiluzhi, which is ideally placed between Chellarkovil and Tamil Nadu Border.
Read More If you are an adventure lover, or a person crazy with camera and photography, then don't delay your trip to Pandikuzhi.
The deep valleys, the exotic flora and fauna, the unique heritage, the beautiful streams, the splashing waterfalls, will make you stay here and to visit this place again and again. The waterfall, splashing from 1200 feet height, is a sight, which you can never miss. Best time to be here will be from September to March.
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24 km from Spice Villa

The name of this site is a combination of the three words 'Ram', 'Kal' and 'Medu', meaning Lord Rama, rock and land, respectively. It is believed that Lord Rama visited this place when he was searching for his wife Sita, who was abducted by the king of Lanka, Ravana. During his search,
Read More Lord Rama set foot on the tallest rock to look for Sita. This same rock was named as Ramakkal, which eventually came to be known as Ramakkalmedu.
This place also provides beautiful views of the sun rising in the eastern hills and setting on the western mountains. The mountains located adjacent to the site are surrounded by thick evergreen forests that serve as a natural habitat to various birds and animals.
It is recorded that the wind effect of this site is the maximum in Asia as the wind gusts into the hills at a high speed and at very high pressure. The average speed of the wind is around 25 km/hour. Situated at an altitude of around 3560 ft from the sea level, the area is popular for trekking, hiking, paragliding and camping. Other attractions in-and-around Ramakkalmedu include places like Frog Rock, Turtle Rock and the highest twin-statue in Kerala; called Kuravan and Kurathi.
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Mangaladevi Temple

27 km from Spice Villa

Deep inside and hidden in the dense forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve, you will find a 1000 years old ancient temple of Mangaladevi. This is the place, where, Kannaki, a legendary Tamil woman, betrayed all her grudge and transformed herself to be a divine lady (Mangaladevi) showering blessings upon the people on earth.
Read More It is not just a place for pilgrimage tourism, but a place where you can find the wildness of the forest and the enchanting beauty of the nature.
To make a trip to Mangaladevi temple, you will have to get prior permission from the wildlife warden of Thekkady. The journey to the temple is an interesting and daring experience. You can reach the temple only with the help of a jeep. The 12 km long way to the temple is covered with dense forests and grasslands. You will also get a chance to experience the delightful sights of Nilgiri Tahr and other varieties of flora and fauna.
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53 km from Spice Villa

Gavi is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity.
Read More Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. If you are the bird watcher, Gavi is the place for you. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. A splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.
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6 km from Spice Villa

Annually, Vandanmedu is swarmed by those who seek the rare and high grade cardamom cultivated and sold here, resulting in the world's largest auction centre for cardamom. The entire region has a bustling commercial air about it,
Read More further helped by the aroma of vintage spices. Walk through any of the plantations here and the allure of the exotic spices will make you unable to leave.
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Kalvary Mount

32 km from Spice Villa

Kalvari Mount has a very steep slope and is a tourist hotspot. The place is famous for the procession during Good Friday and Lent. During the month of April, devotees march in a procession carrying crosses to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.It gives you a mesmerising view of the nearby places.
Read More From one angle you can see the Idukki Arch Dam to Ayyappancovil. From another view you can see the Kamakshy and Mariyapuram villages. Kalvari Mount is a popular tourist hotspot as it is ideal for trekking and for picnics. If you are trekking to the hill, you can even spot elephants on your way. The breeze and the chirping birds will make you forgot all your worries and there are small huts around the area, making an overnight stay possible in the hills.
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