If you want a truly unique place to stay, Fringe Ford is your answer. We spent five magical nights here in late February. Located 5km off the main road, this remote setting overlooks jungle, forest and the distant Western Ghat mountain peaks. Our incredibly knowledgeable jungle guide, Shaji, took us on spectacular morning and evening walks. Our discoveries of a fresh leopard cub paw mark, a trashed honey bee hive or a samba deer shouting a danger warning were always exciting, exhilarating and at times a bit dangerous.
As we are both in our early 70’s, we were happy to do relatively flat walks, but Shaji also suggested more testing adventures were available. We learned to listen, look and learn about animal and bird life in a wifi-free setting. The Chef and assistants created three tasty and filling meals each day in an enchanting outdoor covered dining area.
The accommodations were originally built about 50 years ago and have stood the test of time. We stayed in room one – The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was huge. An unforgettable experience – our hosts, the jungle and the silence.
- 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