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“Trekking delight”
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Fringe Ford
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Amazing local tracker who knows every corner of the jungle. one of the most serene and beautiful locations. Brilliant view! The trekking trips from around the resort into the jungle make for a lifetime memory.

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  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

The lesser reviews you read about this place, the better it is - you don't want to spoil the surprise that awaits you. Fringe Ford had an air of mystery about it from the moment that you are picked up at Thalapoya by the manager Anil. After about 20 mins of an exhilarating drive on a dirt road through forested hills, you land up at Fringe Ford. Pretty as a picture, nestled among rolling green hills, with the sound of birds and gushing streams to keep you company, this place has all the ingredients for a perfect getaway.
Shaji who plays the role of the caretaker, naturalist and guide all at once, takes great care and will keep you entertained with stories of encounters with the vibrant wildlife.
Be sure to go on a trek with shaji!

Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

When I searched in the google Map for a real place away from civilization (i.e. away from human habitat) I finally landed with many resorts. Then carefully going through trip advisor review I landed in Fringe Ford (not even a single bad comment).
It is a 500 acres property owned by Mr.Ahmed, a wild life enthusiast. To avoid human animal conflict he stopped cultivating the crop and allowed wild animals to roam around his property. He only uses a small portions of the property i.e. Fringe Ford with five rooms.
Inside the property I went for a trekking with “Steve Irvin “of Fringe Ford Mr.Saji.He knows in and out of wild forest. He smells animals identify birds, butterfly, snakes and scorpion which we cannot. He can interpret the sounds of the forest. He informed me there is snake but I could not spot it because it was camouflaged. I spotted it only when the snake moves.
On the trekking to the twin towers of Fringe Ford (Highest point in Fringe Ford) we were lucky enough to see a male Sambar deer(video attached) with its two kids grazing it was a marvellous sight. Upon reaching the top in the meadow we saw six elephants (two tuskers and a calf) feeding the grass at a distance of 100 feet (video attached). It was an amazing moment in my life. After a while Saji whispered that the elephants already smelt us soon it will move away from us and they did. Besides Bison’s are a common site around Fringe Ford. The plane which is ten feet below Fringe Ford is a common resting place for bison.
There are many streams and water falls inside the property but they say we can use two falls for taking bath. On the way to the falls the second trek we spotted a barking deer, wild scorpion, Malabar giant squirrels and monkeys.
The sleep quality is very good.I slept like a dead man.I did not know where I was till Mr.Saji woke me up to go for trekking around 6.30 AM.
The food at the Fringe Ford is stomach friendly and of good quality & quantity.Mr.Muthuawamy is the cook. Evening after the trek they serve onion pakoda one day and banana bajji the other day.
Mr.Anil Kumar is the friendly manager who can help in the pickups and drops from and to Thalapoya. As the roads from Thalapoya to the Fringe Ford is not good for small cars Mr.Anil can arrange for a safe parking area for your vehicle in Thalapoya (nearest village).
Check in time is 12.00 noon, Check out time is 11.00AM
In the Fringe Ford I have learnt that wild life watching is enjoyable by watching them at a distance and silently. If you are a person who wants to enjoy silence (apart from birds singing and animal scream) then Fringe Ford is the best place to spend your vacation.

Stayed: September 2015
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

This place is one of its kind. Located amidst dense wilderness, the buzzing of insects and gurgling of stream water can be music to your ears while your mobile phones take a hike. I think the best time to go there is when the rains are away and the skies are blue because that's when everything comes to life. The walks across the property can be quite amazing especially given that Shaji, the brilliant guide can hear the faintest rustle of leaves when a tiger is passing by. His repertoire of knowing every trail and hot spots is fantastic. We even managed to take a picture of a woodpecker nestling inside the trunk of a tree.

After every walk in the property, there is great authentic local food waiting on the table to suit your ravishing stomachs. The compound of the property also has a lovely hammock and push back seats if you like to get lost into the rhythm of the nature surrounding you and sometimes a herd of elephants might just bump into the property perimeter. All in all the place is very hospitable, extremely pleasant and absolutely serene.

For those of you who seek details :
- The rooms are usually spic and span
- The toilets are comfortable but not plush
- The food is great
- There is enough entertainment
- The staff is extremely gentle and hospitable
- The place cant get crowded because there are just enough rooms to accommodate about 16 people at the most

I would call it a luxury resort for the average adventurer.

P.S. If you're travelling to Fringe Ford from Bangalore, go through the Nagarhole National Park route. Its way better and the roads have been refurbished to make the journey smooth but make it through within the National Park timings.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

Fringe ford is far far from the madding crowd. It is 268 km from Bangalore. We drove from Bangalore to Wyanad. The drive was beautiful and the roads very good. It helped that we drove in July when the weather was cool and pleasant. The Manager Anil of Fringe ford met us at a particular place and then drove us in a jeep to Fringe Ford almost 5 Km from civilisation down a bumpy narrow track.
Fringe ford is not a resort but two small units housing five rooms with attached baths. The rooms are simply furnished and the bathrooms clean. The food is home cooked simple fare. The place is located in an idyllic spot and all you hear is the waterfall, the cicadas and the occasional warning of a deer or monkey. We had a huge Bison visit us at 10 feet away from where we were on both the days we were at Fringe Ford.
There is a great opportunity for forest treks to view animals in their natural habitat. We went in July 2015 it rained a lot and we were beseiged by LEECHES do not go during the monsoon time because you cannot walk in the forest without getting feasted on by the Leeches.
Ahmed the owner of the place is a pleasant young man quite passionate about the environment. We had a problem with our car while returning and Anil went out of his way to help. Ahmed assured us if Anil was on the job it was as good as done. High praise indeed. Shaji the young guide and naturalist is a font of valuable information.
Well worth a visit in the month of January we were told.

Stayed: July 2015
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Additional Information about Fringe Ford

Address: Cherrakara P.O Tahlapoya Post, | Mananthavadi, 670644, India
Region: India > Kerala > Wayanad District
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #19 of 309 Speciality Lodging in Wayanad District
Price Range: ₹ 75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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