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“Bliss in the hills”
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Fringe Ford
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Me and my wife were here for two nights and we drove down from Bangalore. The property is close to the town of Manathwadi and the drive from Bangalore shouldn't take more than 6 hours. We reached around lunch time and met Mr. Anil, the manager who took us in a jeep till the cabins which is roughly 4 kms. The property has 5 rooms in all and is tastefully done with a courtyard/sit out area for each of them. The rooms are spacious and are furnished with antiques and ethnic furniture. Thankfully there is no mobile phone coverage or wifi here which lets you switch off from the world and enjoy your stay. The staff are courteous and accommodate every request you throw at them. The food served is all cooked freshly and is home cooked style. The property itself is huge and is a well preserved forest land, it is inhabited by more than 200 animal species and innumerable plants. You will meet Mr. Shaji who is a passionate Naturalist and will take on trail walks within the property. These walks are the best part of the trip and I highly recommend you don't miss them. You spot so many animals in their natural habitat, unlike a safari you walk here and it is a completely different experience. Start with an open mind and don't expect to see any specific animal and you will be surprised by what all you come across. We happened to to be one of the lucky guests as we spotted a tiger on our first day. Now a tiger sighting is real rare and we were lucky enough to see it for 20 minutes. Apart from that we also saw the Great Indian Hornbill, White belly woodpecker, flying squirrel, malabar squirrel, cat snake, sambar deer to name a few. A piece of advice to guests visiting, try not to trash or leave back plastic on the trails or at the property, it takes great effort to run this place and the least we could do is be responsible guests. Will definitely go back.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

For Fringe Ford,Get Lost is an apt tag line. This is a magical place where no body is going to know where you are. The property is run by a true passionate team lead by the owner Ahmed, a nice person. Shaaji is the main care taker here and his wealth of knowledge about the forest is commendable . The food is simple but very tasty with some authentic Kerala style. Thanks to Mutthu, the main chef. The staff are very humble and attentive.

You can do trekking or just sit and relax listening to the day long bird song with lots of bird variety. But we could not spot any wildlife though we saw some pugmarks.

The rooms are simple and comfortable though a bit of maintenance is required. Enjoyed the stream water and the boiler's hot water.

We will surely return for a more private stay.

Room Tip: we stayed in the Hornbill room suitable for couples only.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Words will fall short if I have to explain this place. Covered by thick forest all the sides and the clouds running past my room was the sight that you will not get everyday. Fresh dew drops on the grass outside the room was a therapy to the soul. The smell of the mud, the chirps of the birds, the misty mountains aha I can go on and on but its better to experience on your own.

Room Tip: They only have 5 rooms and all are good.
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

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.

Stayed: January 2016
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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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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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