At Spice Village, our understanding of ecology has come directly from the tribal people of the Cardamom Hills. Over millennia, they have perfected a gentle codependence, an almost spiritual harmony with the works of nature. All we needed to do was uncover these ancient wisdoms and put them to work. Our self-sustaining fish pond was inspired by similar ones in Ooralie villages. And we learnt that neem and lemon grass oils are marvelous, biodegradable pesticides.
The whole of Spice Village is a chemical-free zone. The sprayer you'll hear most afternoons is actually helping the ecology, not harming it. It uses only oils extracted from the forests, mixed with a little water. Little clay pots dotted about the grounds provide natural mosquito control, as does the camphor burner in your room and the incenser we use in the afternoons. It burns Black Damur, a powerful tree resin that insects hate. Even the strings of aloe vera plants hanging from the verandah thatch serve a purpose, keeping flying pests away from the dining areas.
This hemp variety produces a strong natural fibre that can be woven. The resort and the Periyar area in general, offer an amazing diversity of flora, much of it unique. You'll encounter, among many others, the Indian Pennywort, Kalachoo and Sweet Flag, all medicinal in nature, and processed into remedies at our ayurvedic facility.
Spice Village won Wild Asia’s annual Responsible Tourism Awards in the ‘boutique hotel’ category
Anything from 250 to 400 kg of daily waste is recycled in the vermicompost plant at Spice Village and this organic manure is used to fertilise the two acre vegetable and herbal gardens of the property.