Want to spend a romantic vacation with your loved one but cannot decide where? We are here to help you. Whether you just got married or want to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary in a scenic environment, we have just the right place for you. An exotic stay at a plantation, where you get to experience the best of luxury in South Indian style awaits you at Aanavilasam in Thekkady.
Aanavilasam- Luxury Plantation House
Owned by a famous Photographer, Salim Pushpanath, the plantation house is situated amidst 7 acres of private plantations of cardamom and pepper. Luxuriously appointed yet casual and welcoming, this is a boutique accommodation suited to individuals, couples, or small families in search of a personalized country retreat.
You can choose from a range of Luxury rooms that they have to offer. The smallest room they offer is a 600 sq ft large Suite room with views of the surrounding hillsides and cardamom plants. The next is the Pool Villa which is 900 sq ft large which gives you the comfort of a private swimming pool facing the forest. If you want to live life king size, you can opt for the Presidential suite which is 1000 sf ft huge which takes you to your room through a private bridge.
Other than the luxury offered in the rooms, you can also learn all about spices here- how they are grown, harvested and processed before reaching the kitchen or your table. The resort gives you a perfect blend of luxury and tradition.
Dining at Aanavilasam is quite a treat with all preparations made using fresh ingredients locally procured and cooked in the in-house grown spices. What makes it even more special is the generous hospitality of the staff. Aanavilasam serves “slow food” which implies a lot of time and care goes into preparing the dishes and nothing is pre-cooked.
You can join the dawn to dusk hiking and bamboo rafting where they take you through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. You will see a fine mix of habitats, the rich forest bird life and animals like giant squirrel, elephant, gaur and sambar and Nilgiri langur and get a panoramic view of the forest-clad hills reflected on the lake.
Be part of the Jungle Patrolling team in the Night
The regular night patrolling in the fringe eco development zones of the tiger reserve is a unique experience. Anytime between 07:00 pm and 04:00 am you can trek through the forest with a capacity of every slot being 08 people moving in two teams. You will be accompanied by two protection watchers and one armed forest guard! Try this out and get an entire feel of the nocturnal jungle life.
Bullock Cart Discoveries
Visit the farmlands of a village 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 will take your breath away when the guides start to interpret how farming has woven delicately with the culture and the life of the natives.
Cooking Classes at Aanavilasam
A special mention here about the Traditional cooking classes. You can learn to cook Keralam dishes in the guidance of the Chef. You can also eat what you cook or observe being cooked.
Aanavilasam offers a lot more activities like spice plantation tour, boat cruise, elephant ride, jeep safari, etc. This is a resort filled with luxury and at the same time ensures you do not get bored with nothing to do around.
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