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Kothamangalam - Perumbankuthu Road, Thattekad 686681 India
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 4 in Thattekad
Travellers' Choice
Hornbill camp at Thattekkad near Kochi, is so located, to perfectly blend into the forest, so you can enjoy your own private jungle and the spectacular view of the river Periyar. Along its banks, birds flock in their thousands and the cool ambience is the ultimate prize for the birder. Known as the Birder's Paradise, the camp and the adjoining Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is home to over 270 species of birds, including all the endemics. Mottled Wood Owl Spot-bellied Eagle Owl Malayan Night Heron, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon are some of the rarer species found here. Besides, the camp has a lot to offer those with a taste for adventure. The Periyar is ideal for river kayaking. Trekkers are rewarded with sightings of Elephants during their unique exposure to this lowland rain forest. Staying at the camp one can indulge in a biking adventure through the spice plantations, forest tracts and quaint villages around the camp. The Hornbill Camp is ideal for travelers in search of an adventure, who will relish the opportunity to get close to nature, and delight in the sounds of the forest.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Indoor play area for children
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Secured parking
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Car hire
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Gagandeep Bindra wrote a review Jan 2021
New Delhi, India21 contributions104 helpful votes
Beautiful heritage hotel in the heart of Kochi fort but still very quiet, the staff was incredibly helpful, friendly and polite. Rooms are spacious, clean and well kept. Heritage walk was superb with all old structure, churches and Chinese fishing net. There are a number of complimentary activities included, such as kayaking, cycling and archery. A number of birds can be seen from the camp and the salim ali Bird Sanctuary is only a short drive away.
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Date of stay: January 2021
om sati wrote a review Jan 2021
New Delhi, India9 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel located peacefully near to 2nd largest bird century of Asia (Dr. Salim Ali) best place for water activity# kayaking, river rafting. Camps located near to periyar river, food was amazing, Best place for corporate activity
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Date of stay: January 2021
Manisha wrote a review Jan 2021
19 contributions
So Amritara Hornbill Camps are all together an adventure. Decent camps with amazing periyar river infront of the camps, chirping of birds in the morning and kayaking. If you are in kerala one must go to Thattekad. Being with friends is the best thing. The drive from airport to Thattekad Hornbill Camp is mesmerising.
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Date of stay: January 2021
uhu55 wrote a review Apr 2020
Herrliberg, Switzerland175 contributions121 helpful votes
We love tented camps and we were told this would be simple. It is too simple, though! In the tent a bed and a small table, nothing to hang clothes or put something down. Very basic bathroom. Maintenance of the tent ok. No internet connection although civilisation is not that far - we were told there is not any (we were later told they normally have, so they probably didn‘t maintain it). The kitchen was ok, but set menues only. It is a great place to explore the Thattekad, and it would not take a great effort to make this a great place in other respects, too.
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Date of stay: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from Amritara HornbillCamp Thattekkad Kerala, Owner at Amritara Hornbill Camp
Responded 24 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for your review! We incessantly work hard to have happy and content guests; Our recent Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award is a recognition by people who stayed with us like you and we still remains as the No. 1 in the region. On your suggestions we take all of it positively, at the same time will clarify in detail on few of your mentions. Yes, it’s a nature camp, hence there will be a gap between the urban lifestyle offing’s against ours – Yes we have only a table besides beds in the living room, however we have 2 large cane chairs and a teapoy in the veranda for unwinding which you have probably missed to mention. Menus, we presently offer only set menus – however we are planning to revisit the system and see how best we can give a few more options. Between the bath and the bedroom there is a small closet with few hangers where one could hang clothes or keep them, this is right next to the bathroom door for easy accessibility. Internet - we have yet not offered to the guests, as there is a challenge in getting Hi Speed internet lines there & most of the mobile service providers have very feeble connectivity, that too restricted to few spots within our camp. We have noted your review in detail; certainly & much sooner - we will upgrade our facilities a notch higher. Many thanks for taking time to share your thoughts and looking forward to having you and your near ones at the camp for another connect with nature.
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Florian E wrote a review Mar 2020
Goettingen, Germany3 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at the camp in February 2020 for 2 nights. The accomodation was very compfortable, the service and the food was impeccable. We absolutely recommend the kajaking tour along the riverside. And if you are lucky during your stay you can enjoy your morning tea watching elephants.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from sapnaj76, Owner at Amritara Hornbill Camp
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Hornbillcamp. You definitely are lucky to have sighted the elusive elephants . Hope you will come back sometime to the Camp and recommend it to your friends and family . Hope you are back home safe . Cheers !
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VivekR121 wrote a review Mar 2020
Atlanta, Georgia20 contributions2 helpful votes
Hornbill camp is about 2 hours away from Kochi airport and is situated close to the famous "Thattekad Bird Sanctuary". It is on the banks of a reservoir of the Periyar river. On the other bank lies protected forests and the bird sanctuary. When we visited in early February the reservoir was full of water. The tent that we stayed in was clean, comfortable and air conditioned. The staff are very friendly and made our stay very pleasant. The food was wholesome & tasty served buffet style and so we did not mind that the spread was limited. We were taken birding early next morning to the forest area, accompanied by Mr. Praveen, the camp naturalist. We spend about three hours and saw about forty species. As we got out of the car, the first thing we saw was a wild elephant
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from sapnaj76, Owner at Amritara Hornbill Camp
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Thank you very much for the extensive review of your stay and birding . Very happy to note that you had a satisfactory stay . We will definitely look into the food aspect , since we are a Camp and in a remote area we have limited supplies hence the limited choice in food . We are working towards more options and hope to have a full fledged menu available in the coming season . We would love to have you back sometime after things settle down with the Carona virus scare . Do come with other friends and family who would be interested in a holiday in the wilderness. Hoping to see you sometime soon . Cheers !
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Dreamtides wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions41 helpful votes
This place is a must if you like nature and birds. The guides were knowledgeable. We stayed in the clean and comfortable tents. We saw incredible birds also a hornbill The staff were attentive and looked after us extremely well. The food was amazing.
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Date of stay: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from sapnaj76, Owner at Amritara Hornbill Camp
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for ch for that 5 star review! We strive to have happy and satisfied guests . Hoping that you will recommend the Hornbill Camp to your friends and family alike .
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Liz V wrote a review Feb 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom130 contributions17 helpful votes
Lovely, scenic location set on a river and surrounded by picturesque countryside. Spacious, comfortable, en-suite tented accommodation with a fan. Staff friendly and helpful. Communal, tasty, buffet style meals with lots of variety for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea and biscuits served at 6 a.m. for those going out bird watching. No alcohol is available here. We were there for the bird watching. If we had more time there we would have tried the kayaking and cycling activities which are offered.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from sapnaj76, Owner at Amritara Hornbill Camp
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Do come back again ! You definitely need to do kayaking the highlight of many a guests itinerary. Cycling through meandering lanes and through nature is another must do at the Hornbill Camp . Glad that you enjoyed your bird watching. Please do come again and give us the opportunity to give you another wonderful experience. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime. Cheers !
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Naveenkum wrote a review Feb 2020
7 contributions6 helpful votes
It was literally an amazing experience staying at hornbill Camp. We really feel like sleeping in the lap of our mother nature. I was so sure that I not even need an alarm to wake up it was full of chirping sounds of different kinds of birds. To acquaint about the food they served I never felt like having food from a hotel. They gave us an amazing dinner. With limited number of dishes they made that dinner something special for us. About the activities also they were so cooperative helping us kayak through the periyar into the spots where we can easily find different bird species and all. All together it was an amazing blend of comfort and joy. I'll always recommend this for couples as well as groups who love birding and peace of mind.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Rachel J wrote a review Feb 2020
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom28 contributions9 helpful votes
Well what a place, birdwatching is a must hornbill,barbits owls blue birds parrots the list is immense. The setting is beautiful and the service great. Kayaking on the Periyar river with a chance of spotting elephants a relaxing fun pastime. Hire the bikes for a cycle around the resort or down to the hanging bridge. Extremely clean and the food is great. Thoroughly recommend
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Date of stay: February 2020
$44 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictThattekad
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