Shalimar Spice Garden, one of the best boutique properties in Kerala, is a peaceful property set in the Kerala's spice growing south-western Ghats, surrounded by jungle and the nearby Periyar National Park that is uses innovative means to protect its fragile eco-system and wildlife by helping to build sustainable livelihoods for the surrounding local communities. The hotel is approximately 100km from the Munnar hills to the north, 200km from Kochi (Cochin) Airport to the west and 140km from Madurai Airport to the north-east in Tamil Nadu.

Tucked away in the low-lying hills of south-western Ghats, Shalimar Spice Garden offers a rustic and distinctly spiritual environment in which to relax and unwind. Designed simply and stylishly, the property is full of interesting artefacts and antiques. The rooms are basic, tastefully furnished, homely and comfortable. The swimming pool is invigorating and an Ayurvedic centre offers therapeutic massages. The restaurant, 'Mangiatutto' (which is translated from Italian as 'eat everything'), serves up delicious feasts cooked from freshly picked vegetable, spices and fruits from the garden.

10 'elegant rooms' and 5 'elegant cottages', the latter being large in size with their own separate living areas. All rooms are furnished with selected fabrics and fresh flowers, each having it own en-suite bathroom and private veranda. With cosy corners for conversation and log-fires on chilly evenings, the atmosphere here is particularly intimate. In keeping with the mood of the place, there are no technological comforts, such as televisions or DVD players. Instead, you are invited to participate in more natural activities, visiting the Ayurveda centre for a range of therapeutic massages and treatments, or the swimming pool and sundeck for your daily dip and dose of vitamin E. For the tirelessly active, trekking trips and spice plantation visits can be organised on request.