Imagine a beautiful place surrounded by verdant jungles and garlanded by streams and waterfalls and elephants deer bisons come to greet you in the night making endearing sounds and the chirping and whistling of birds reaches out to your soul and the nearest place where ur sleeping mobiles get a drip of a signal is 2.5 km away traversing through kuchcha hilly roads and they can only be used as a camera. You are in fringe ford. The rooms are in two sizes two medium sized rooms with queen size beds and two large rooms with two beds. The manager anil is very helpful and the adventurer Shaji takes you all wonderful places. Trek to the waterfall and back is about three hours. If you want to do nothing and soak in the beauty of nature you can stay in the resort and read a book or just take a walk around. A stream runs right next to the resort. It is in middle of a place which used to be a cardamom plantation running into over 530 acres. At a height of about 1005 matters the place was cool and windy requiring a sweatshirt or light sweater even in june. A wild elephant cow with a playful calf came right next to the room and calmly grazed and walked away. A bison and some deer also paid us a visit at night. We were there for three days and felt that we could have stayed there for longer. We were three couples with six children and all of us loved it. The only problem in june is the plenitude of tiny leeches. Even after a small walk u hv to check ur shoes and legs for them and they are invariably there.
- 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