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Harithavanam Farm House
Ranked #82 of 133 Thekkady B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Loved this place.. Really.. the owner of the resort Mr Benny was there the day we stayed there and he did all he could to make out stay memorable.Yes you can pay a couple thousands more and stay in a huge resort, But if you love the nature and want to just relieve the stress and everything and just rest .. this is the best place to go..and lemme say.. u don't have to go anywhere else to see the beauty of nature... even the cottage is made in such a way that it blends with the nature, And let me tell.. if you happen to stay there.. don't forget to have the special 'Kanji' for dinner. The taste of the 'meen chammandi' (fish chutney) still lingers in my mouth..to be frank. i have never had such a tasty fish chammandy in my life.., loved it.. i am not a very good kanji lover.. but the hot kanji(rice soup) is just awesome. kudos to those in the kitchen.. The food you get there has the real 'home made' taste. and dont forget to order the food beforehand cuz its fresh and they only cook on special orders. (but its worth it) . Dont forget to go fishing from there, Lemme say.. it is an experience... had so much fun.. I guess people should stop going to all the Hifi resorts and stay in places like this.. especially tourists.. Cuz if you want to really love the natural beauty.. have to stay in places like this.. Another thing is that if you come with your friends it is so awesome and also if you want a silent getaway with your wife or girlfriend too its the right place. Just try the place and appreciate the initiatives these people have taken to open this place for tourists. I am coming next year to india and sure.. i will be staying there ......

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

we had stayed there for a seclusion from city life

all compliments to the staff for their friendly polite service

rooms / individual cottages are well kept clean

ambience good

front office very helpful

amazing silence and freshness of air

the location has a small river passing by where fishing can be tried

over all very satisfactory experience
NB - would be worthy to carry own torches and candles

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

w e had been there as full family in nov 2012 - great ambience of being away from the hazzles of city life
peaceful ambience
make sure that you make the night fishing
run and owned by couple who r very professional and service oriented

well mannered friendly staff
friendly locals
good infrastructure
river flowing near by
peaceful relaxing time pass
plenty of fresh air and tranquility
worth a weekend of seclusion in a positive way

very much recommended

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

A nice, basic getaway located about 20kms from Thekkady (Periyar National Park). A quiet drive through green tea estates gets one to the resort located in the valley on the banks of the Periyar (?) river. Lovely walks down to the river, which has a quaint bridge across it accessing views both up and down-stream; treks down the quiet road and across the countryside make a nice change from the hectic hustle, bustle and chaos of a city.

The service was a disappointment- having ordered a Kerala dinner (well in advance- by email and in the morning while confirming our booking)- we were served a basic, unpalatable vegetable curry,and were told that it was not possible to arrange ingredients for anything else since the place is so remotely located.

Perhaps a more efficient, welcoming service, and greater attention to details would make the well-designed cottages more comfortable and liveable. The cheap plastic accessories in the bathrooms certainly need to be replaced with more presentable essentials, and hooks added on the door or wall on which to hang clothes an towels etc .

Communication was also a bit of a problem- its more of a getaway for locals, I guess. Our taxi driver helped us bridge the language barrier.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We wanted to spent a weekend in Thekkady, as usual most of the hotels are full or overcharging, then one of our friend working with ICICI referred Harithavanam, it just 13 to 14kms from Thekkady in Vandiperiyar. This is no frill place and looks like a typical farmers property in this part of the world. Located in the banks of Periyar river, it got almost all the seasonal spices, fruits and vegetables famous in the region are available on the property itself. Even the drive from Vandiperiyar to the resort through the tea garden itself is a nice experience.

Food was one of the best things in Harithavanam, prepared by ‘achayan’ and ‘ammichi’(our cooks), one of the best I had recently. Everything they prepared was so tastee. Beef stew was the best thing. And they had a very very special item in the menu. ‘pazham kanji’, I ordered the same for my second day breakfast – pazham kanji normally served in the morning in kerala- it prepared by socking the last night’s boiled rice in curd and mixer of ginger and small onions and ‘Kanthai’(small kerala chillies)- prepare this mixer in night and you have it for your breakfast- I tell you there in nothing like it, its heaven- best hangover food in the world.

We went to thekkady and had boating in the morning and came back to resort for the achayan’s kerala lunch chicken and fish curry. After noon we went for the river trekking and fishing, we were not very sure about it but it turns out to be the best experience in our recent travels. Resort arranged for a fisher man, we walked through the river, jumping from one rock to another, some time through the water, as it is not deep in most of the part, we got couple of KGs of various fish, we came back for tea and the snack specialty was tapioca and chilly chutney and achayan fired some of the fish from our catch itself immediately served to us. For the dinner achayan prepared Rabit masala – sad/good thing is that we can choose the rabit from the farm itself.

We had memorable weekend and a different one, we enjoyed the river trekking and fishing and the food, more than the thekkady boat ride. We were bit apprehensive initially as this resort is situated remotely, only a small home near this resort(blessing in disguise – other than our noise there in no sound from anywhere) , no great views from the resort, but had the river in the back yard, we had a bath in the river as if it is a private property. Accessibility – 4 kms from the main road (KK road) from vandiperiyar, tarred road though the tea garden to the resort made the travel hassle free.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Harithavanam Farm House

Address: Moongalaar -Vandiperiyar Road, Thekkady 685507, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #82 of 133 B&Bs / Inns in Thekkady
Price Range: ₹ 2,692 - ₹ 4,102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An offbeat destination with eco-friendly cottages in the tranquil countryside, in Vandiperiyar, Thekkady, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, providing a wholesome farmer experience. Wake up to the symphony of avian chorus, inhale your fill of pristine air and discover the tranquil countryside. Preoccupy yourself with farm activities, walk through the woods, view the canopy of tall trees above, listen to the river gushing down, try some fishing, trekking, and more. A rejuvenating experience awaits you as you partake in the farmer life amidst the mist shrouded plantations and the unadulterated beauty of Mother Nature. Harithavanam Farmer Resort is located in Vandiperiyar, about 14 kms from Thekkady, and 40 kms from Gavi, in Kerala, South India. The drive to the resort is in itself fascinating, with a 6 km stretch of tea plantations on either side.lots of activities here fullday trkking programe ,night fishing, cycling, bike safari, jeep safari, water falls trekking,tending etc... An idyllic holiday destination like none else! ... more   less 
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