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“A very special rainforest experience.”
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Fringe Ford
Reviewed 22 May 2016

I stayed here with my 9 year old daughter in March and it was the highlight of a fabulous trip to India. Anil and Shaji could not have been more welcoming and it is so peaceful a location. The sounds of birds and occasional monkeys during the day are replaced by insects and frogs in the evening as the stars come out. The walks through the jungle with Shaji reveal a whole new world and my daughter went back with coffee beans and nutmeg to show her class along with many photos of her holding various colourful insects and flowers. We saw a Gaur at close quarters, tiger tracks from the night before, a leopard kill, a family of monkeys, a pair of Indian Hornbills, Giant Malabar Squirrels, a stunningly beautiful Vine Snake, a Giant Wood Spider and countless other birds and insects and we were apparently very unlucky not to see any elephants. We also saw wild coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper, limes, nutmeg, jack fruit etc etc. It was a thrilling and very educational trip for both of us. The food was simple but good and the accomodation was very clean and comfortable. We also had no problems with any mosquitoes in the time we were there and they provide leech/tick socks to protect you on the walks so no need to bring your own.
I'm sure we'll be back one day - if you want to experience the rainforest this must be one of the best value and best quality experiences on earth - the biodiversity here is exceptional. Thank you so much to everyone at Fringe Ford for creating for us one of life's great memories.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

I had a great time in Fringe Ford! It was peaceful, and the walks with our guide Shaji were very interesting. The food was amazing. We (me and my dad) saw lots of interesting animals. I had a great time! : )

Stayed: April 2016
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

Peace, good air, wonderful walks, excitement and interest and no people. What is not to love? The service was excellent, the food absolutely delicious, the rooms beautiful, clean and comfortable, the treks so informative, exciting and our guide so well informed about everything, all the fauna and flora in the
is marvellous remote place. I felt happy and at home from the moment we arrived.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

one of the best we ever visited in Western ghats. lot of wild life, trekking options make it s three day affair. The rooms to end is great with big windows. take a high clearance car. great food, great hospitality.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 February 2016

This is a 550 acre property that the owner has let nature take over. That is remarkable, as it used to be a working cardamom and coffee plantation, and would be worth crores in annual profits if worked upon. The fact that the owner has decided to let it revert to nature is truly admirable.

The place is small, with 5 rooms and 5 staff members. It is enveloped by the jungle on all sides. The place is between Tholpetty , Aralam and Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuaries, and is used regularly as a transit zone by wildlife. I saw a camera trap picture of a tiger taken on 18th Jan at 430 am, at a path barely 10 min from the cottage ! Other folks have seen Gaur & Elephant right on the cottage grounds. The place thrives with bio-diversity. There are Nilgiri Langur, Lion-tailed Macaque , Malabar Giant Squirrel and three species of deer. Many rare birds like Malabar Trogon , Black Eagle , Asian Fairy Blue Bird, Blue-capped Rock Thrush , Indian Nightjar. Other fauna like Malabar Gliding Frogs, King Cobras and many species of butterflies. This is as good as any jungle in terms of sightings. Photography will be tricky due to the distances , and light.
Shaji is a great guide with very good knowledge of the area and it's fauna. There are a lot of treks one can go on , of varying difficulty levels.
The rooms are sparsely furnished and a bit cramped, but very clean. The bathrooms are spotless and well equipped. This is a place , where you need to be outdoors and the rooms are just for sleeping.
The sitout area is very nice with some hammocks under a mango tree and a small bon fire area
Food is excellent local malayali cuisinne. I particularly loved the appam and veg stew, puttu and gram curry served for breakfast. They also serve excellent banana bhajjis at evening tea time.
The drive after Thalapoya is a bit tricky, I have a duster , and the last 4 KM took it's toll. My bumper guard fell off :-(. Ideally park at the village before the property and come up in their Jeep. The last 4-5 KM is pure offroad on a narrow path on the side of a steep hill. Do it by yourself , only if you have high ground clearance and excellent control over your car !

Fringe Ford is one of a kind, the staff is fiercely determined to keep it nature friendly. They discourage plastic , loud music and parties. Go if you love immersing yourself in nature, and you will love it

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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Address: Cherrakara P.O Tahlapoya Post, | Mananthavadi, 670644, India
Region: India > Kerala > Wayanad District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 296 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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