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Coffee Routes

Kumily, Thekkady Kerala, India.





Situated on the crown of a knoll, Coffee Routes is serene nature getaway that draws inspiration from the dictum that less is more and that nature must be allowed to thrive unfettered.The predominant theme is that of coffee with the names of the rooms and facilities named after different species of coffee plants and varieties of coffee. A tarmac road winds up the slope. An open to the air lobby is situated beside the road. Inside the seats are hewn from rock found in the area. Above the lobby is the resorts multi cuisine restaurant with a splendid view of the surrounding vegetation, a plain stretching up to the mountains in the distance. The path climbs further on to a block of rooms built over two floors. Inside the décor and furnishings are subtle with cotton fabrics, bamboo, wood and cane. All the rooms have balconies with views of the landscaped slope, the trees in a neighboring plantation and on one end views of a swimming pool and a stone paved tank fed by a natural spring. Outside, adjacent to the main block, on one edge of the knoll is a cluster of twin floored cottages overlooking the swimming pool and tank below. The view from the balconies in the cottages is truly stunning, looking down at the pool on one end and across a stretch of fields, the distant mountains on the other. Coffee Routes is located in an area that has been exclusively zoned for plantations and nature reserves ensuring that the surroundings remain pristine. The 4 acre property has been designed so that only 1.5 acres is built up space with the landscape contain a fascinating variety of trees, flowering and medicinal plants adhering to the 'Star Forest' concept that defines a tree for every star in the astrological constellations.Coffee Routes is indeedan authentic experience of nature the way nature meant it to be.


Swimming Pool
Conference Hall
24-hour Hot & Cold Water
Tea & Coffee Maker
24 hr Room Service
In-room Safe


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Location Advantages

Kumily is small town in close proximity to Thekkady, on the outskirts of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and a thriving center for trading in spices. From the Periyar Valley, the Western Ghat mountains drop dramatically onto the Deccan Plateau. The town was once known as Kuzhumoor and used to be the capital of the Thekkumkoor Kings. It was with the advent of the British in the region that it underwent drastic changes. The British either bought or obtained on lease, vast stretches of land and hilly areas from the feudal land lords or from the princely state of Travancore and converted the forests to plantationsof tea, coffee, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and other spices and labor from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were brought to work in the plantations. The tribal communities of Kumily today have a population of around 2000 people and live in perfect harmony with nature. Five ethnically different communities -- the Mannans, the Paliyas, the Uralis, the Mala-arayas and the Malampandarams -- have settled in Kumilypanchayat, mainly on the outskirts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. In the remote forests, there are tribes who still carry out their age-old practices such as building small dolmens for honouring the dead. Though they used to earn their living through traditional occupations like fishing and agriculture, with the advent of eco-tourism initiatives, they have found alternative jobs. They actively take part in the tourism-related programs and serve as guides for tourists or as forest guards to prevent poaching and other illegal activities.

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