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“Best place to stay and enjoy wildlife in Kerala”

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Jungle Retreat Wayanad
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Bengaluru, India
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Best place to stay and enjoy wildlife in Kerala”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Right from the booking process till check out, we were wonderfully looked after and well informed. We knew what to expect, we knew it was not a "proper" resort, we knew we'd see wildlife - we weren't disappointed. The noon that we reached, we were welcomed by a huge Tusker in the field drinking water. The safari drive was incredible, animals at every turn. The second night we did an additional safari drive and we saw the most elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. For a wildlife lover, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the majestic Tiger in the night in its natural surroundings. I have a renewed respect for the wild after that incident. The food was finger-licking good. The other aspect that was just excellent was the service, we were so well looked after by everyone. We were prepared to settle for the most basic of rooms if needed, just to see the Tiger. Luckily at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, we didn't have to cut corners, the room was lovely, blended in with nature very well, the balcony even better!
A must-visit for any wildlife and nature lover.

Room Tip: The cottage have lovely balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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JungleRetreat, Owner at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Dear Guest,
Many thanks for your kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We had excellent Tiger sightings even during the monsoon period, with the rains moving out, we expect the sightings to get even better. Looking forward to hosting you again. Regards, Anil, 09742565333
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Me and my wife just return from our visit to Coorg and Wayanad. we stayed at Jungle Retreat @Wayanad. Excellent place to stay for people who are nature and wild-life lovers. we were so well looked after that it was hard to leave. Most amazing part was one can enjoy nature as well as wild life from the balcony of the cottage. we opted for wooden cottage and it had an awesome view to farm from balcony. Food was excellent and service provided by Anil(Owner), Rejin, Prasad and other staffs were awesome.

Starting from the reservation process, which was confirmed promptly by the owner, Anil himself, giving us various options of accommodation and providing answers to all the queries I had about the place.

we spotted deers from the balcony itself while during safari we spotted Lots of deers, mouse deer, wild full tusker elephant, family of elephant, gaur and wild rabbit but couldn't spot big cat

Really nice place built by Anil for Nature and wild life lovers. It was really nice talking to him and know how passionate he is about the place as well as for wild life. I will surely visit this place again soon.

Overall an excellent place where one can admire nature as well as wild life.

Room Tip: Wooden cottage as it has an excellent view to farm
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Was thinking of visiting the Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary and so chose this farmhouse.
The reviews were good..the place decent enough and the surrounding breath-taking. The best part it is not commercialized. Since, there were 4 of us travelling we chose the log cottage. The place is very well connected to the main road. The owner had sent us the directions for the place ,but still we had to use our google maps to locate. There is complete privacy ,since the place can accommodate few guests. It is surrounded by coffee plantation and they have an open farming field on one side.

Food is good,authentic kerala cuisine. The room's are comfortable and clean. The service is good. They also have a machan where you can sit around and watch the chittals and langoors in the forest right in front of it. Also, a beautiful sit out area where you can find pictures of the different wild animals present in the area. They also arrange night safari's and you can find animals on the road's itself.

Overall a beautiful experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Guest,
Many thanks for your kind words about our farm, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you rightly pointed out, our USP is the location - you can see animals from your room itself and if I may claim, the service. We try our best to ensure that you the guests are happy. Thanking you once again, hoping to host you again. Regards Anil, 09742565333.
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

The location of jungle retreat and its famed meadows is just unbelievable. Our balcony opened into the meadows and we always have wild animals grazing. If you want to see elephants in their natural habitat, then head to jungle retreat wayanad. Spent the evenings in the watch tower enjoying the nature. Beautiful. The food was easily the best we had in Kerala. The service was magical, we could see that the smile was genuine. The trek with Anil was special, his knowledge and ability to predict what the animal is about to do was incredible to watch. The other thing we loved was tracking the Tiger, it was amazing, we came close to a Tiger, heard the roar from a distance.
We will certainly go back. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Heavenly location in midst of the jungle and with an amazing view of Brahmagiri mountains. Been there 2 times and loved our both visits. I don't know where Anil finds such hospitable crew :) Rajin and Jinesh took care of us real warm and delivered everything they promised. The food on our recent visit was amazingly great, hats off to chef! The candle light dinner they arranged for us will be a life time memorable one. Thanks Jungle Retreat for being such warm hosts and caretakers. Still my favorite resort :)

Room Tip: Wooden cottage has beautiful view
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

In one word WOW. We were told by the most pleasing and prompt Anil that there was some renovation work during the enquiry call, so we were a bit unsure if we wanted to stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad. We are so glad we chose to. What makes this place tick is the wildlife, we sighted the Tiger at 1 pm in the afternoon from our verandah. What more can one ever ask for? The safari drive arranged by the retreat team is wonderful, we "just" saw the Leopard! The other aspect worth mentioning is the service. The caretaker didn't speak great english, but his enthusiasm to share his knowledge and to ensure our stay was great was just... great! He'd come to our cottage, tell us about the sound that we were listening to, be it a Leopard's grunt or an Elephants trumpet - he wanted us to know and experience it all, and we never felt that he was invading our private time. The food was lovely, it was in itself a great experience. Thanks a ton to Anil for having us in your private farm, you seem to attract wonderful guests - we loved interacting with your other guests who were like-minded wildlife lovers, it made the stay extra special!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

My husband and I just returned back from our visit to the misty Wayanad. We stayed in Jungle retreat wayanad and we just loved the experience. The most amazing part was sitting in the balcony enjoying the never ending supply of tea while watching the rain drench the deer and elephants in the meadow ahead. Sublime experience. In the rain, it looked as though the animals had taken a break from everything and they were just enjoying the rain, standing and doing nothing. We weren't sure if we'd be able to see animals due to the rainy season. It rained for 3 hours every day when we were there, with bright spells of sunlight in between. We just enjoyed the entire experience. We have never hogged so much on food, but the taste of the food and the location made us hungry for more! We are certain to come back and enjoy the experience again. Anil, thanks for your hospitality we loved everything about your resort.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Address: Thirunelli Tholpetty Road | Thirunelli, Kalpetta 670646, India
Region: India > Kerala > Wayanad District > Kalpetta
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Kalpetta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jungle Retreat Wayanad is an ideal escape for the wildlife lovers who wish to enjoy nature in complete privacy from your own comfortable villa or cottage set in the middle of the Jungle. Your Indian wilderness adventure awaits you here. The Retreat is a well kept secret in the wild heart of Wayanad, Kerala offering guests unmatched wildlife sightings right from your room's balcony itself; the retreat has a setting that makes you feel that you are camping out in the jungle but in comfort & security. ... more   less 
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Jungle Retreat Wayanad Kalpetta, Kerala, India

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