My girlfriend and I stayed 3 nights at Fringe Ford and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We were the only guests (they have 4 rooms) and the staff was extremely helpfull. If we wanted to do a hike in the morning, the guide would take us (no extra charge), if we wanted to do nothing, they brought us snacks and in the evening offered to built a camp fire for us.
The hotel (isn't not really a hotel though, more a B&B) overlooks a beautifull valley where occasionally you can see elephants. At night the view is staggering as well as there are no other lights around, so you can see the stars beautifully.
But the real star of the show was the guide during our hikes, forgot his name :-(, he was extremely knowledgeable and could tell stories about every animal, plant, tree, etc. We were hoping to see elephants but unfortunately we didn't. We did hear tigers (a mother and a cub apparently), saw a lot of monkeys, wild dogs (no street dogs, more related to wolfs), flying squirrels and a lot more.
Really a extraordinary place.
- 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