Holiday Vista Luxury Hotel and Spa, Thekkady
Overlooking Periyar National Park's game reserve, this casual contemporary hotel is a 5-minute walk from Mudra Cultural Centre and 1.6 km from Kumily, home to a venerable cardamom market.
Featuring balconies with park views, the unpretentious rooms with wood furnishings offer cable TV, desks and seating areas. Upgraded rooms add living areas with sofas. There's 24-hour room service. Kids 4 and under stay free when using existing beds.
Breakfast and parking are complimentary. An informal restaurant serves international cuisine.