SUPERB!! is simply the word one can give to this KTDC 6 room former forest hunting house of the Maharaja, now converted into a hotel. U can see the resort on the boating trip one takes in Periyar .Its a 20 min boat ride.There r no swimming pools n other luxuries and the room in season costs Rs 11500/- incl all meals. The cost is just for the location and it is worth every penny.
The rooms at the North end or next to it have the most unobstructed view of the grazing fields across the river(approx 500 meters) every morning normally you can witness some wildlife grazing ..mainly deers, Bisons, at times elephants..What hits you immediately is the calmness of the place.There is a trench all around the resort so the chances of wild animals coming in is neligible.
Rooms can be said to be equivalent to a 3 -4 star hotel. Boat trips tru and fro are included in the room cost.Also included is a 3 hour trek in the jungle with a trained guide.One may not necessarly see any animals on the trek but the trek in itself is very interesting for the various birds and other jungle life around.One can use the swimming pool at Arayana Niwas(a KTDC 3 star resort) on the mainland for free.
One can listen to wild cats jumping on the roof at night running after inscets and lizards but the roof is sealed and no need to fear about then coming into the room.
Staff at the resort is just superb and non intrusive.They just pamper you.There are totally 10 staff on the resort incl all the managers ,cooks and cleaners.
Everything is a good different experience and really worth the money spent.
Taj has always been a favourite chain and for very good reason, service is totally at its best. Starting from bartenders to cooks and managers, its all very personalised. Its a hotel that cares. The cottages are lovely and the decor nice.Thats why i would go back. Thekkady is a sleepy town, periyar is a sanctuary. If you go there and want to see elephants and tigers roaming all over the place, then you would prefer the zoo to a sanctuary. Just take it as it comes. take a book, drive around, talk to the locals, eat great food, thats what thekkady is for and taj would make liesure worthwhile.
There are loads of massage places here and in good weather the sanctuary offices are walking distance or take a tuk tuk and save some money :)
Remember this is a 3 star so expect that and you will get more, do not expect 5 star.
Service, Decor, Location
This resort is cheap and almost no one sees it online. The resort grounds are fantastic. But poor maintenance is running it down, still in kerala it is hard to get anything this quality for this price. Speand atleast a day here and get a cottage. If only for old charm. Truly beautiful resort. i hope they would pull their socks up !!!
Location, right on the lake next to all the hip hotels
Photos at this link
taj has always been a favourite chain and for very good reason, service is totally at its best. Starting from bartenders to cooks and managers, its all very personalised. Its a hotel that cares. Thats why i would go back. Thekkady is a sleepy town, periyar is a sanctuary. If you go there and want to see elephants and tigers roaming all over the place, then you would prefer the zoo to a sanctuary. Just take it as it comes. take a book, drive around, talk to the locals, eat great food, thats what thekkady is for and taj would make liesure worthwhile
Remember this is a 3 star so expect that and you will get more, do not expect 5 star.
The cabins are beautifully done and very private
personnel are great other than front desk
Food is good and keep to the local stuff
Kumily/Thekkady is a major tourist town and there are lots and lots of homestay options, with more being built. (Homestays are literally that – a family rents out rooms or basic apartments, usually separate from the family’s living space, and provides some meals, etc.)
We were able to stumble into town late on a weeknight and find a really nice place for Rs750/night for as long as we needed it. We were probably lucky, though, so here are a couple of booking sites/agents for homestays:
Periyar Homestay Association (including Tranquilou, where we stayed)
This smallish structure is part of the Periyar Reserve’s Community-based ecotourism programs. It’s about an hour’s easy hike from all sounds of civilization, set beside a large field on the edge of the woods, and surrounded by a moat to keep the elephants out. It sleeps two upstairs (cozily) with a rustic bathroom in the back and a comfortable porch in front; below is a small kitchen and storage area. Like all the accommodation inside the reserve, you’re forbidden to leave the premises (in this case, go past the moat) after 6pm, and since the moat doesn’t keep the wild boar out, it’s best to stay upstairs after dark.
There used to be watchtowers within the reserve where people could camp – they’ve been closed (something about trouble with elephants), and it sounded like more of these little structures were being planned. For now, though, make a reservation – there’s just the one, and it seems to be in demand. The fee includes a guide/cook (ours was knowledgeable of the area, able to spot animals, and a really good cook). Check in and check out times are strict.
we stayed at hotel silver crest in august 2nd week 2006. it was off season and after some bargain we had a good discount given to us.
hotel silver crest is managed by the sea lord group of hotels headquartered in kochi.
the hallmarks of all these hotels is thier beauty in simplicity and economy.
the service was adequate as expected in a place like thekkady.
there is a swimming pool you can soak in. especially early mornings are beautiful in periyar.kerala being hot throughout the year afternoon dips in naturally warmed sometimes hot water is a new experience.
the firts floor rooms open to a beaurtiful wooded backyard.there are verandahs on the ground floor which you can spread yourself in the coller evenings after applying mosquito repellent.
the rooms are simple and earthy. the central courtyard with open roof adds a family hotel atmosphere.
breakfast was somewhat ordinary and cold but we were in off season service was a trifle slow but who is in a hurry here?
there is a spice shop just next to the gate of silver crest and the proprietor is well versed in his trade as well as the knowledge about indian spices.
an elephant ride starts just next to the gates of the hotel.be sure to make advance appointment as elephant rides are slow natural and leisurely affairs and not fast like electronic rides.
elephants rest in the afternoons and evenings.
a lot of amssage parlours lie on the main road of thekkady.notable among them is mayura massage parlour which is recommended by lonely planet as the borad proudly proclaims.
Green view Homestay
Rs. 150 single
Best budget and lovely family.
Special discount @ MANTRA Ayurvedic Massage Center (tested !! good place for buying oils)
Tucked away from the din and bustle of the urban Jungle. Amabi is a heritage theme holiday resort fringing the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger reserve at Thekkady.
We stayed here as part of our Spice Route Tour,(Booked through Manos) probably somewhere that would normally be out of my price range!
I found out later that Prince and Princess Michael of Kent stayed here a few days after we were there.
On our arrival, we were greeted with jasmine garlands, and masala tea, which was delicious.
In the foyer was a tray with candle, incense, nuts and grains, a traditional welcome/good luck custom.
We made our way to our rooms, through attractive grounds, passing a family of waterfowl on the way. I was shown to my own cottage, with elephant grass thatched roof.
The facilities were excellent. Spacious room, with plenty of storage space, and room to relax, in comfort - in or outside.
There was also a full length bath! Lots of information about the complex, where they try to maintain an eco- friendly environment.
Complimentary box of spices plus quality toiletries.
Very attractive complex, spice/ nature trail in the grounds.
Swimming pool. Restaurant and outside terrace.
Shop, selling quality souvenirs, guide books etc.
Evening demonstrations of cooking, sari wrapping, traditional dance.
Buffet breakfasts and evening meals offered a wide variety of dishes- Keralan/European - Hot/Cold dishes.
The staff were efficient and polite, with everything done to make your stay pleasant.
We were even given hot water bottles at night! (Which were needed as it did get cold once the sun went down)
As we were there New Years Eve, there was a Dinner and Dance, with one of the hotel staff singing and playing keyboards. It was probably a bit more low key than I expected, but as I had to be up at 05.30 I didn't mind too much!
Also see my Kerala /Kovalam pages for more info
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