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“Breathtaking place in solitude of jungles”
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Fringe Ford
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

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.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

From where do I start?? :-)

This was long pending one and yes Gautam would acknowledge that fact. We stayed here for 2 days and would have wished to continue forever:-)

WowSome place!! All rounder Shaji you rock!! PraDIP you're awesome (far far better than these so called City one's) and legendary Muthu!! And team fringe ford.

We spent good 2 days at this place and they went off in a JIFFY. Be it the rain walk or the hike up to the watch tower. All will be etched in our memories forever. And not to forget the leaches:-) above all Shaji's snakes:-) Shaji will be back for more of those dinner with elephants:-) cheers!!

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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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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Additional Information about Fringe Ford

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 299 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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