We were group of 30 people occupied this entire resort during December for two nights and three days. This resort is 60 kms or one hour drive from Trivandrum city. Ponmudi hills and few other attractions are closeby from this resort.(Read more from my blog: http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/). They also help in arranging the trip to nearby places. There were close to 6 independent villas with private pools in each. Each villa has good privacy.
This is located inside a 100 acre rubber plantation and Kallar river is just right next to the resort. All villa balconies are facing the river and it is very pleasant to stay and relax. All the staff are very friendly, courteous and helpful and especially Wahid. We thank him for all the help he extended during the stay.
There is a badminton court, Near this court, they arrange the campfire in evenings on request.
There is also a big swimming pool with children's pool. Both well maintained. The lawn in front of the dining area also well maintained. In the dining area they have few books to read and few games for children to play with. One can also goto the Kallar river and take a dip. It is just ankle deep fresh flowing water. You have to decide if you want private pool, common pool or the river. One can visit the Rubber factory as well within the resort limits.
Facilities in each villa
A sofa in the front portion with two chairs, Closet and Centre table in the big bedroom. There were many plug points provided. There is a balcony overlooking the Kallar river on the back side with a centre table and chairs. From the balcony there is a spiral steps leading to private pool in downstairs. This private pool has two poolside bed and again facing the river enclosed with curtain on all sides. Small fridge filled with biscuits and soft drinks was
in the bedroom along with a TV. Kettle and Tea/coffee sachets were provided. A dressing table and a large bed with mosquito net was also provided. In the bathroom, shampoo, soap and towels were provided. There is a water heater and it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get hot water and one need to switch it on and off. No AC, but a fan was there. Due to cold weather in evenings, the fan is fine. Each day they replaced the towels and cleaned the villa on request. No power backup for villas.
All the kerala authentic food was very tasty and everyone enjoyed. Particularly the "Ada Pradhaman" (Payasam in tamil) you should try. They also provide Tea/Coffee with snacks(bajji) in evening.
Overall everyone really enjoyed the stay here,
- Also Known As:
- Duke`s Forest Lodge Ponmudi, Kerala