Was thinking of visiting the Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary and so chose this farmhouse . The reviews were good . The place decent enough and the surrounding breathtaking. The best part it is not commercialized. Since, there were 4 of us traveling we chose the log cottage. The place is very well connected to the main road. The owner had sent us the directions for the place, but still we had to use our google maps to locate. There is complete privacy, since the place can accommodate few guests. It is surrounded by coffee plantation and they have an open farming field on one side Food is good, authentic Kerala cuisine. The room's are comfortable and clean. The service is good. They also have a machan where you can sit around and watch the chittals and langoors in the forest right in front of it. Also, a beautiful sit out area where you can find pictures of the different wild animals present in the area. They also arrange night safari's and you can find animals on the road's itself Overall a beautiful experience.
I must congratulate Anil and Anju for proving that nature, wildlife and people can coexist. Though the resort is in the jungle (when I say jungle, read as JUNGLE), there is every care taken to minimize the human footprint around the resort. There are strict rules in terms of noise levels and they don't allow folks not interested in wildlife to stay there . Very relaxed atmosphere, fantastic staff with Manu and Darshan taking care of everything. There are 3 activities you must try 1. Drive and campfire at night 2. Jungle awareness trek 3. JLR safari in Nagarahole . Regarding the rooms, the photos in the website does not do any justice to the place. Rooms are much better than what is shown in their website. The best option would be to take the all meals and activities package, this way you can enjoy the lovely Kerala cuisine as well.
This was our last stop before flying back, the only regret we have is that we didn't spend enough days in this wonderful wildlife abode. The 2 nights we spent was spent watching animals inside the retreat, or doing wildlife safaris or taking part in some of those excellent activities offered by the retreat. The staff was just so kind, we were so well looked after. The cook was amazing, and considering the remote location, he still managed to dish out excellent meals right through our stay. We had an excellent campfire with Anil, his stories were mesmerising, and having him with us for the wildlife safari was perhaps the only reason why we saw the Tiger hidden in the bush. A special thanks to Anju for assisting with our itinerary and making our stay comfortable.
The location of the hotel was average. The appearance of the hotel was nice. The hotel building was made up of wooden. The destination of the hotel was excellent. There was no delay in check in and checkout in the hotel. The hotel were behaved friendly. There was no room facility in the hotel. The food was not tasty in the hotel. The activity was not available in the hotel. I had visited this hotel with my friends for personal trip. I had booked the room by online. The WiFi facility was not provided. The garden and parking facility was available. The overall experience was very good. I would suggest this hotel to improve the room service, swimming pool and provide WiFi facility.
Where is the best place to see wildlife in Kerala? Read on. The answer to that question is Jungle Retreat Wayanad in Kerala . The location is mesmerizing and we saw elephants and other animals freely roaming around in the fields ahead. The electric fencing kept the animals on the other side and humans on this . We chose the villa as we were a group on 6, all of us stayed under the same roof and the villa being located close to the jungle, is a great option for a large-ish group . The service is great and we felt completely at home, we were treated as friends, not just guests . This is a great place for wildlife lovers, and you will enjoy it if you are not the stuck-up kind.
Need a private vehicle. May encounter traffic jams but not too heavy or long. Use only Highways and avoid interior Google roads. Carry food as nothing us available. Plastic bottles are not allowed inside the island. Security guys are absolutely foolish, brainless and arrogant and think they are protecting the waters from Somalian pirates (Indian citizens).
There are places that will stick with you even after you check out, one such is the Jungle Retreat Wayanad. The staff and the service they provide is just so personal and outstanding. The cook is another superstar there, tasty Indian cuisine at its best Nothing to beat the location, it is surrounded by beautiful jungle on all sides and we had ample wildlife sightings from our room itself. Now that is priceless! We took the activities package and it covered treks, safaris, camp fire and a visit to a jungle stream.
This was our second visit, it was better than the first. The hospitality along with the wildlife sightings make JRW special. We really enjoyed the food, the trek and the safari was excellent as usual. Thanks to holiday IQ to make such a wonderful memory to cherish all the time.
We booked a room with Jungle Retreat a month back on TravelGuru and paid the full price for two nights. It was one of the biggest mistakes I have made recently since I didn't expect to be treated the way we were. My husband hurt his leg the day before we were supposed to get there and could not walk. The cancellation policy said that we could lose almost all the money (You might be charged up to the full cost of stay (including taxes & service charge) if you do not check-in to the hotel) if we didn't cancel by Aug 4 for a September 3 travel so to be fair we should have been warned. What I didn't expect was the horrible attitude of Ms. Anju (Management of Jungle Retreat) whom we spoke to. Between getting my husband's leg attended to, we tried to call her and check if anything can be done to refund at least some money. I had low hopes but I have faced situations before where people have been at least cooperative in case of an emergency. A friend of mine had his full money refunded when he faced an emergency. The hotel staff ensured that they refunded the money in spite of the cancellation policy. But not Ms. Anju. She seemed concerned only with getting the money. Since the travel site had released the money to the resort she had the sole power and she used it by dismissing us and asking us to talk to the travel company and not to bother her. On top of that, she had a hard tone from the start and said things like. "You didn't call us when you booked so why are you calling us now? ". "If you had booked with us I could have done something". "I have told the travel company if I get a replacement booking then only I can do something". I admit that I may have appeared angry when I was talking to her but she made no attempt to understand that we were facing a real emergency. To that her reply was "I do not wish to have this unpleasant conversation with you". Glad they know what providing good service means. We didn't get any of our money back in the end, which I can still understand since we made the booking with the cancellation policy in place. But what didn't go down well with us was the way the Anju dismissed a valid case without even making an attempt to check the facts, while being very high handed about it. I am just sorry I lost money to a place that is run by people like her. What they seem to not be aware of that they may own/run a resort but people save for their vacations and even a little would have gone a long way. It may be a very beautiful place (not that I will ever go there after what happened) but our experience with the management was very ugly.
We have been to many wildlife resorts in India and around the world, but one refreshing thing we noticed in jungle retreat is that wildlife comes first more than anything else. What I mean is, they have zero tolerance to anything that disturbs nature and wildlife and it is clear that they are not running it purely for money. There were elephants in the meadows and they looked very comfortable grazing there, and the guests were told to keep completely silent, great experience seeing the gentle giants grazing peacefully in the presence of humans, since we kept a safe distance and didn't do anything to get them disturbed. The theme is very wildlife centric with safaris arranged in Tholapetty and Nagarhole. We took JLR safari from Jungle Retreat at a fraction of what you'd pay if you went directly with Jungle Lodges, yes, we had a Tiger sighting as well. But Jungle Retreat Wayanad is more than just a place for Tiger sightings, I think it is a living proof of responsible tourism, clear example of nature and humans coexisting without conflict.
Jungle Retreat Wayanad is ranked #2 among the 620 hotels in Wayanad with an average rating of 6.1 out of 7. It is one of the 5, 5-star Farm Houses in Wayanad. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 13 photos, 67 text reviews and 1 video reviews. it is rated top for its Location, Destination and Appearance. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,700 per night. The hotel offer 6 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (62%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 43% of guests enjoy the hotel's natural surroundings, whereas 24% have rated the ambience as relaxed.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Apr, May and June for the best experience.
Jungle Retreat Wayanad is located at Thirunelly Road . Thirunelli Temple (4 Kms) is the most popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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