In Jan'16 I visited Fringe Ford with my family. My daughter and wife felt that it is wonderful place amidst wild life. It is perfect place for a real vacation, completely separated from normal civilization because no TV, no cell phones no residential nearby. Even without TV and cell phone it was a pleasant stay. The cottage was comfortable and cosy. The hot water was available 24/7.From inside cottage one could have good scenery of forest and mountains. Just outside the cottage there was hammock and easy chairs for relaxation. Tea and snacks are served there. One can enjoy the snacks and nature while relaxing. The food was simple and tasty. All the meals and snacks were served in time. Walking around fringe ford one can site wild animals. We spotted two spotted deer. Trekking with Saji is an wonderful experience. From the scent of the animal he can identify which animal it is. The trekking to twin towers is a good workout and nice climb. Trekking to waterfalls is not much of a climb but it is more like walk in the forest. One take nice bath in the water fall in the chilled water. During rainy season say June, July, August, September the forest is with full of leeches. No leech trouble during non-rainy seasons. Over all the wellness of the guests are taken care by the Fringe Ford people.
- 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