Kerala Journals

India 2011 - Part 5 - Thekkady

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A travel journal to Kerala by koshkha

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Quote: We leave Munnar and head to Thekkady to ride elephants, have a nice lunch and stay in a very strange hotel.

Elephant Camp

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Attraction | "Wind and Rain and Elephants"

Elephant Camp Photo, Thekkady, Kerala
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I love elephants – I suspect most people do, if not the physical reality of one charging towards them, then at least the idea of elephants is very appealing. There’s something so compelling about their slow, plodding nature, their fascinating prehensile trunks and their leathery skin. And when you look into the eye of an elephant you can’t help but think you’re looking into the eyes of an equal. Elephants are the state animal of Kerala, which may surprise those people who’ve always assumed that Kerala was about beaches and backwaters. Our trip in November 2011 took us up into the mountains of Kerala and offered us a couple of opportunities to get up close and personal with elephants. On our first day ...Read More

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Elephant Camp
Anavachal Road
Thekkady, Kerala

Ramakkalmedu Hill and Hamlet

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Attraction | "With Our Heads in the Clouds"

Ramakkalmedu Hill and Hamlet Photo, Kerala, India
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Ramakkalmedu is a tiny village in the Idukki district of Kerala close to the border with the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. I incorrectly assumed that it was the name of the hill which I wanted to review, but then discovered on further investigation that it’s actually the area that includes the hill rather than the hill itself. Since you can see the entire area from the hill, I’m not going to fret too much over my geographical inaccuracy.We found ourselves in the area because the tour company who arranged a few days for us in Kerala chose a hotel located at the foot of the hill, between the hill and the nearby ‘footprints of Ram’ which we didn’t have time to see. The footprints are the ori...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2012

Ramakkalmedu Hill and Hamlet
Idukki District
Kerala, India

WindHaven Resort

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Hotel | "Windhaven? Not so good on rain and fog"

WindHaven Resort Photo, Kerala, India
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Sometimes you can't help but wonder why when you find yourself in a very strange place, a long way from any attractions or much in the way of habitation. Such was our feeling when, after a long day in the car, we rolled up to the Windhaven Resort in the tiny village of Ramakal. The village has two attractions (though I use the term quite loosely) ; there’s a great big hill with a statue on top and spectacular views (if it’s not raining) and you can follow a small trail to see the footsteps of Ram (he of the Ramayana) in some rocks. Other than that, it’s hard to understand why we spent over an hour in the car to get to this place from the town of Thekkady and the same time going back the next day. Our...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2012

WindHaven Resort
Thookkupalam-Cumbummettu Road
Ramakkal, Idukki, Kerala
+91 04868-221319

All Spice Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Lunch at the Cardamom County"

All Spice Restaurant Photo, Thekkady, Kerala
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When our driver dropped us at the Cardamom County hotel in Thekkady after we'd been elephant riding, I suffered a few pangs of accommodation envy. Whilst we'd been staying in clean and comfortable accommodation with a lot more local 'flavour' this was a reminder of what we were missing and what we could have had if I was more willing to put my hand in my pocket. It's a seriously beautiful hotel with gorgeous gardens, a fantastic swimming pool and lots of fancy facilities, including a beautiful restaurant. Such a shame that we were only there to have lunch.All the indications suggested that this was going to be something special indeed. We arrived just after 2 pm and were the only people in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2012

All Spice Restaurant
Cardamom County Hotel
Thekkady, India

WindHaven Resort

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Hotel | "Windhaven Resort - Part Two"

WindHaven Resort Photo, Kerala, India
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Dinner was a small buffet of vegetable rice, vegetable curry, jeera potatoes, a chicken dish which we avoided and some 'crispy veg' which had confused us because it was classified as 'non-veg'. The penny eventually dropped that it contained egg in the batter which made it 'non veg' in the Indian definition of vegetarianism. The food was very good but the choice wasn’t very exciting. As far as we could make out there wasn’t any alcohol available though the waiter seemed overjoyed to sell us a couple of bottles of Fanta. The waiters fussed over us with vigour and plenty of enthusiasm which was sweet but rather odd.According to the hotel’s website, "We have a very spacious and luxurious resta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2012

WindHaven Resort
Thookkupalam-Cumbummettu Road
Ramakkal, Idukki, Kerala
+91 04868-221319