The SpaceThere was this spectacular place at the very end of our property, which was very special to my father, and he’d always wanted to build the plantation house there. So when I came back from America and set up practice, he told me what he wanted. It took a lot of thinking about, because the place had to be just right, but we finally got started in January, 2001. It took us more than 2 years to build, because we couldn’t do it with drawings and measurements. The entire structure is fitted to the terrain and the topography, and not the other way round. It incorporates and includes all of the natural features of the site, the huge rock, the boulders, the stream, everything.
Our villa situated at the edge of the 105-acre Pottamkulam Cardamom Estate, at Kadamakkuzhy thavalam (hamlet). It is a boutique plantation villa nestled among the Cardamom Hills near Kattappana, and close to the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. It is an ideal nature hide-out for discerning travellers who look for a serene and nature friendly environment to refresh, rejuvenate and relax with family, loved ones and friends.
A stream flows under the bridge that connects the two portions of the house; quite a delightful sight during the rains! There is a huge pond, used as a water-source for irrigating the plantation.
Boutique level of personal care and responsible tourism are the two guiding principles of ours. It is the attention and care which is given to ensure these factors that becomes our success . We organise various activity like – treks, plantation walks, spa and rejuvenation facilities, tea-factory visit etc are just some of them. We think that it is necessary to give back to nature; a gesture of gratitude extended towards nature for all that is given to us humans. The initiative which was taken up and executed recently of reforesting 2 acres of land is one such example. The guests also show interest and takes part in such environment and social friendly activities.
Activities inside at our planatation villa:
- Cardamom processing (curing) centre visit & plantation experience
- Soft trekking through the private estate
- Guided hiking to the near-by hillock: Chekutthanmala (3 hours)
- Ethnic culinary classes with the chef and/or host
- Bird watching by yourself on the estate
- Morning and evening walks in the plantation tracks
- Cardamom plucking along with estate staff
- Apiary visit: accompany the estate bee-keeper and collect honey with him. Guest AccessGuest can access to the whole villa, plantation and to the pool. Interaction with GuestsMr. Binoj will always take care of guests throughout their stay. He is the care taker. The NeighborhoodPeriyar Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary) is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India, and perhaps the finest example of a Tropical Wet-Evergreen forest ecosystem. Located in the scenic surroundings of the Western Ghats hills in the state of Kerala, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of approximately 777 sq km. The diverse geographical features, such as topography and climate, of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary support a rich and varied flora and fauna. The terrain of the park is highly undulating and boasts numerous narrow water streams. A 90 km long and high ridge of the Western Ghat forms the northeastern boundary of the Park, separating the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Periyar National Park chiefly comprises of tropical evergreen forests (30,500ha) and semi-evergreen forests (27,500ha) around the reservoir, and moist-deciduous forests and savanna-woodlands in the central part of the park. In addition, the marshy areas along the fringes of the Periyar Lake are tall grasslands. All these provide both excellent cover, and nourishment in the form of succulent shoots and grasses, making the region one of the richest habitats for large mammals.
The moderate climatic conditions and favorable habitats in and around Periyar National Park support a unique and diverse wildlife. Over 49 species of mammals, 265 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 35 species of fishes and 160 species of butterflies have been identified in Periyar National Park so far. The major wildlife found in Periyar National Park includes Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Bonnet Macaque, Leopards, Mouse Deer, Indian Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm, Civet, Sambar Deer, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Stripe-necked Mongoose, Wild Dogs, Sloth Bears, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Civet, Nilgiri Tahr to name a few. Periyar National Park is also known for its sizable bird population. Over 265 species of birds have already been spotted and identified in the park, enough to attract thousands of ornithologists and bird lovers to the park.
Periyar National Park boasts a quite rich and diverse flora. Around 1,963 species of flowering plants belonging to 823 genera and 159 families have been identified and documented here by the experts of the Kerala Forest Research Institute and Kerala Forest Department. One of the major characteristic plant-communities of the Periyar National Park is the Wet-evergreen Giant Tropical Hill-forest, a climax forest-type found in some moist valleys among the high hills of the Western Ghats. These are dense patches of forest, characterized by continuous high (30m to 50m.) canopy of tropical evergreen trees, with some emergents specimens that may rise even up to 200 feet (60m.) high. Getting AroundOur plantation villa is located at the heart of a 100 acres of cardamom and spice plantation in the serene and evergreen spice village of Kattappana, at a distance of 12 kms from Kattappana and 18 kms from Kumily (Thekkady).
Ernakulam Railway Station : 135 kilometres 2 hours 45 minutes
Cochin Airport : 132 kilometres – 3 hours MC Road & SH 40
Madurai : 155 kilometres – 3 hours NH 49
Munnar: 82 kilometres – 2 hours 15 minutes SH 19
Kumrakom: 128 kilometres – 2 hours 45 minutes
Thekkady : 18 kilometres – 30 minutes
Allappey: 132 kilometres – 2 hours 45 minutes NH 220