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Snuggled into a cosy valley, high up in the hills, with the grand old forest peaks towering paternally around it. Fringe Ford is as cut off from the world as you can get. It probably doesn't feature on a map, has no traffic fumes, no traffic, not even a road, and is thankfully ignored by the cell phone towers. What is does have however, is a fabulous, authentic experience of living in the middle of a remote plantation surrounded by forest, some great treks, silver silence punctuated only by the occasional warning calls of birds or monkeys when a carnivore comes visiting. And it offers you the best peace you've had on vacation anywhere anytime. There is a 360 view of the remote plantation surrounded by forest; all looking identical, but each with its own tale. The balding Namboodri peaks, named after the estate's ex-accountant, the range of hills that rises almost perpendicular at the back of the house, which once climbed, leads one on to Coorg, the peak out there, with the watch tower, which was built one day, and demolished that night by wild elephants. Fringe Ford was named by the Englishman who had first bought the land and built it into a plantation. It changed hands since then, and was finally acquired by its present landlord, Ahmed, who being a naturalist, let the land remain as plantation but adhering to strict eco friendly practices. In fact, the 520-acre property shares its boundaries, not fences with the wildlife sanctuaries of Wyanad and Tholpaty reserve forest, making this entire stretch, one of the last remaining bastions of the Malabar rain forests around, with shelter for its fauna and flora.
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BackInLondon wrote a review Nov 2022
London UK118 contributions91 helpful votes
Fringe Ford is a unique and wonderful place. It’s buried deep in the Keralan forest, off the grid and feels very far from the hurly-burly of normal life. The location is stunning with great views across the hills from the pretty garden. There are just five rooms, simple but comfortable. The food, prepared by Anish and Anish, is delicious and Shaji, who runs the place and guides the twice-daily walks, is an absolute superstar. He delights in showing off the jungle to his visitors and keeps alive the possibility of seeing a rare animal, a tiger or leopard perhaps. It takes a while to reach Fringe Ford but I’ll never regret making the journey. Thank you to everyone who has created and who maintains this extraordinary place.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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madhav k wrote a review Jun 2022
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India17 contributions10 helpful votes
Where foes one even begin about this magical place..... Fringe Ford is one of the most beautiful and spectacular properties I have been to in India. Located deep inside a dense forest, this beautiful little property will take your breath away. Mind you, this is not a place for everyone - if you're looking for a resort where all your needs are catered to, internet and TV's etc - this is not the place for you. FF is a getaway from the hustle and bustle of each day. Its perfect for wildlifers, photographers and nature lovers. The food is simple yet delicious, the staff members are always smiling and eager to go the extra mile to make your stay more memorable. A hot bath and a good nights sleep are guaranteed. But be prepared to encounter the wild all around the property. The roar of a tiger, an alarm call, an elephant trumpeting are just some of the many sounds and sights you may encounter. Anil is a fantastic manager and always eager to assist. Shahjee - where does one begin, he's off a different breed. One of the best naturalist I have ever encountered. He knows his surroundings like no one you will ever meet. Early morning or late evening long walks with him are an education and one that you just can't get enough off if being out in nature without cell phones and internet is your thing. Highly recommend it to people who want to get away from it all and experience a different sort of hospitality. If you're looking to go to this spot to listen to some loud music and party late into the night, please don't.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Satodeepa G wrote a review May 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India58 contributions9 helpful votes
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Starting from the very beginning, we had a very smooth booking experience with Fringe ford; the directions, pros and cons were explained well before making the booking. We were comfortably guided and taken to the hotel which stands amidst nature. The place is too good to be true and the rustic beauty cannot be put in words. Shahji and his team make the experience even better; their food, interaction, service were flawless. The rooms and bathrooms were neat and clean though some awkward unnecessary pieces of furniture can be removed from the bathroom I feel. The less number of rooms keep the place less chaotic even when full. The treks were quite exciting and leech infested. The passion fruit juice is a must try. Even My parents who are senior citizens are all praises about the place, the rugged roads didn’t deter the excitement.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jacob J wrote a review May 2022
Bengaluru, India119 contributions77 helpful votes
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A quiet getaway with the essentials of home. The accommodation is adequate and clean. Nice staff and a charming full-time nature guide who has been on the property for two decades. Maybe a good idea to give food preferences in advance. The air pristine. There are jungle walks along estate roads for those so inclined. Visitors during the monsoon can expect torrential rains. Great care is taken not to disturb the natural environment.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Red Earth wrote a review Jan 2021
Bengaluru, India32 contributions12 helpful votes
Where do we as Hoteliers/planters, go for a holiday? Somewhere where you can just let your hair down & breathe fresh air. Somewhere sans pretensions. The pandemic & subsequent lockdown has been hard on all of us. Re-opening had its own challenges. We as a family, were thirsting for a break. Fringe Ford had been on our bucket list for long. We spoke to our good friend Ahmed & packed up excitedly for the holiday. Aditya our older son , had prepped us on the property & we were eager to see it for ourselves. From Kabini where we are based, Fringe Ford is an hour & a half drive away. The little towns of Kerala amaze me. The shops bursting onto the roads with its colourful plastic, steel & wooden ware. The fish on ice, The chicken all dressed (?) .. languorously hanging on their hooks, the mutton .. tail & testicles in tow.. Kerala is one big town with a highway that squeezes itself through, like toothpaste being pressed from an almost empty tube. We wind into the innards of the western ghats, through beautiful landscapes dotted with temples, simple village homes that are yet to see its inhabitants reach the ‘Gelf’ & away from grotesque monstrosities that Middle East money constructs. Deep within as the air turns cooler, we cobble over & literally stumble into this stylish yet simple bungalow. It is said that the place is so undisturbed that even the wildlife saunter in at times. Fringe Ford with its simple, clean lines is a page we all need to peer into. This is a place for true nature lovers. The food cooked traditionally, is wholesome & delicious. Such places are best left to the keepers to decide on your menu & plan for the day. From fabulous treks to ice cold showers in their private waterfall, from night walks through the wilderness to clinking your crystal over a bonfire, Fringe Ford did exactly what it promised... Get us Lost!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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slowtrav wrote a review Jan 2021
Chennai (Madras), India221 contributions131 helpful votes
This place was a complete and blissful escape from all the busy-ness we have stacked up in our everyday lives. Walks in the forest with the venerable Shaji were rejuvenating, re-energizing. As a naturalist, he is always in complete command of the situation on hikes, listening and seeing and sensing what we city dwellers are blind to. We felt safe on all our hikes, even when when we were following him where there was no visible path. In fact we observed that we were not on alert, in a jungle, on foot because of Shaji. The hospitality of the staff knows no bounds and they serve enormous meals with different guests returning from hikes at different times. The accommodations are comfortable and clean, and more than adequate, because you spend most of your time outdoors anyway. We saw and heard many birds and butterflies - no big animals, but that's okay. A place I would love to return to. Soon. Simply to remember that it exists.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Shabs07 wrote a review Dec 2020
Bengaluru, India71 contributions26 helpful votes
A chance look into an old outlook traveler which featured fringe intrigued us and just when they opened up after the lockdown times, we had an opportunity to stay here. We reached by lunchtime here and in the early evening headed out for a walk with the in-house naturalist Shaji. He showed us tiger markings in our first few minutes of walk, not one but many in a couple of yards. While we were curious, our inner minds are like - who would believe that? Just about 30 mins into our walk and continuous efforts to keep the kids silent, we hear a huge roar. That's the first time I heard something like that. Spontaneously Shaji ran to the edge with his Binoculars and looked at the valley. The forest trails, the tiger markings, shaji’s inputs, everything gets connected instantly and we too run to Shaji. “It's a tiger which has just hunted down a bison”, Shaji whispers. He said the tiger was hurt and that's why it roared, the bison too is just next to the tiger in its final breath...All this happened in less than 2 minutes and I was still awestruck and unbelieving until I saw through the binoculars myself. The forest, the stream down the valley, the bison, and the tiger were all there. Now, my mind had no choice to doubt that we had witnessed a wild encounter, that too on a walk. Here on there was full alertness, tremendous attention to what Shaji was saying and to our surroundings. We started to head back to the cottage. It was 6.30, but it was completely dark. My son spotted a moving light and we were quick to name it as a firefly. Few more steps and we dint know what was slowly unfolding. While we awed about few more fireflies gently flickering around the bushes on our trail, we were right in midst of a magical scene. Hundreds of fireflies moving around the slopes, and we stand right in between them on pitch dark forest trails, no lights, no torches. I am not sure if any camera could ever capture this moment. It's just part of me now forever. Starlit skies, the simple nutritious home-cooked food, excellent location, rustic cottages, the streams, the darkness, the silence are all a bonus. We did walks…to a large waterfall, a trek to a viewpoint, and a few more walks. In next few days – Walking on pristine forest trails, Elephants grazing around, Elephants bathing in a pond with its baby, Bisons walking past, Spotting a Tiger, leopard scratch marks on a tree, crossing over streams, drinking fresh water directly from the source of Kabini, removing off the leaches, spotting fireflies…was now an everyday ordeal. We were in their territory. I asked Shaji if he was putting up a show just for us . Shaji shared many stories, his love for the forest, pictures from the camera traps, the history of fringe ford, and a lot of information about animal behavior and how one should conduct in the forest and with animals. We stayed here for 4 days and 3 nights and has impacted all of us deeply. The Fringe Ford story is too good to believe, you need to experience it yourself. If you are an explorer, love forests, wildlife, and nature...do stay here a couple of nights. Go without expectations and leave the rest to the forest.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Laura C wrote a review Nov 2019
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Perfectly situated in a beautifully remote valley surrounded by forest is the gem that is Fringe Ford! You will be well taken care of with all meals deliciously catered and accommadation that is comfortable, spotlessly clean and full of charm. Wonderful walks throughout the 550 acre estate are expertly guided by the intrepid Shaji. This is not your glitzy modern resort but rather a place for communing with nature whilst having all your needs taken care of; a rare treat in this burgeoning world.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alan B wrote a review Nov 2019
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom9 contributions9 helpful votes
A complete escape from the hectic world beyond. As you journey up the mountain you leave noise and distraction behind to focus on nature and tranquility. Yet when you arrive you are greeted with comfort and outstanding food. The views are fantastic and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about the wildlife right there on the doorstep. On our first night a family of India Bison stopped just below our room with a civet cat in the tree above. Over our three days we saw wild elephants and the profusion of butterflies and birds.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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kazmnblr wrote a review Apr 2019
Bengaluru, India87 contributions13 helpful votes
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You will be in for disappointment, extreme disappointment if you visit Fringeford expecting the luxuries of a resort. What Fringeford does offer is a raw first hand feel of the tropical rain forests of the Western Ghats with your own expert naturalist as a personal guide - and I give Fringeford seven stars for offering this experience. Fringeford is a 520 acre property adjacent to forest lands which for all practical purposes are an extension of the forest. Unlike the conventional national park experience where armies of tourists zip around in jeeps at appointed safari hours, Fringeford offers the opportunity to experience the forest on foot first hand with minimal crowd - after all the property has just 5 rooms (a big thank you to the owner for not flogging the property with commercial exploitation and for no indiscriminate expansion). We enjoyed several long walks in the forest - all were memorable in their own way. The 3.5 km walk to a nearby waterfall is relatively easy and the water is clean enough to drink from; the hour long climb through dense jungle to the peak of a nearby mountain was much tougher - the fabulous view from the top made it worth the effort; the walk down one of Fringeford's 27 streams gave us exposure to a different sort of beauty understanding the flora and fauna of the streams. Shaji, the in-house naturalist, made all the difference to our stay at Fringeford. He knows the jungle like the back of his hand - not just every nook and cranny but also every smell and sound. He pointed out all sorts of natural wonders to us which we would have missed completely without an expert guide. And he is patient, friendly and bubbling with enthusiasm - a big hit with the kids. Shaji adds soul to the Fringeford experience. With his guidance, we were lucky enough to spot Nilgiri langurs, Malabar giant squirrels, watch the flight of nocturnal flying squirrels, and even a lion-faced macaque. We didn't see any of the big cats - tiger or leopard - but saw fresh droppings and tiger claw marks on a tree so maybe they were watching us. Didn't get to see wild elephant either - which Shaji told us was a surprise - they usually are less elusive apparently; as evidenced by the elephant dung barely twenty meters from the bungalow. A night walk along the road turned out to be a magical experience with one stretch of jungle lit up by thousands and thousands of glow worms and fireflies (Shaji showed us the difference between them!). And Shaji is as knowledgeable on the flora - he pointed out the edible plants and the poisonous ones and even showed us how to drink water from the stem of a bushy creeper. Fringeford is also an ornithologist and entomologist paradise - but we didn't have the knowledge to appreciate those parts of the Fringeford experience. Food is home style - no a la carte menu - but simple and tasty. Maybe those less fond of items cooked in coconut oil may struggle a bit on this front. Was also unique to go in for a complete digital detox - no newspaper, television, internet or mobile phone for the entire stay at Fringeford (barring occasional signal at the waterfall, sunset point and at the peak). All in all we had a fabulous time in our 4 night 5 day stay (we were told that most people stay for either2 or 3 nights). The entire family loved the experience - the kids particularly loved paddling in the nearby stream despite the leeches. By the last day we had learnt not to get grossed out by leech bites and 3 of us carry the leech bite marks as a badge of courage back to our lives as city slickers. Fringeford is expensive - but the expense is well worth the experience. Recommend it strongly to all nature lovers. Fringeford is apparently at its best after the rains - we look forward to making it back for another visit sometime soon.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Nearby attractions include Thirunelli Temple (4.5 km), Brahmagiri Hill (7.5 km), and Thrissillery Shiva Temple (4.5 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and hiking.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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