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.
- 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