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Tamarind Thirunelly
Reviewed 4 July 2014

This was a very nice place to spend your vacation. It was a bit hard to believe that this hotel is run by the Government. The Professionalism and the hospitality of the Hotel Staff was Amazing! The hotel was located in a very calm and a picturesque environment. The only downside is, it is pretty far from other sight seeing places. Since I love to drive, the hour or hour and a half drive from this hotel to other places was a plus to me.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We stayed at KTDC Tamarind, Tirunelli on 4 June 2014. The stay was wonderful. The surroundings were serene The clean well kept rooms were faultless. The service was excellent. The food service was delicious. Thanks to Saravanan, Jigesh and Anil for making our stay in Tirunelli memorable. Will highly recommend this place to stay if you are visiting Tirunelli.

Dr Asha Nair

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Asha K
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

I would rate this as one of the best hotels I have been to. It is difficult to describe it. The rooms are OK, bed linens are clean, towels are clean, rooms are cleaned everyday or when asked for. What stands out in this hotel is there are some True Gods who take care of you there. I literally mean that. Few human beings for me looked like gods. They are ever there to help you. Cook some of the best Kerala dishes. Always smiling and giving you information and things that you need. Nested in the middle of the Wayanad forest surrounded by serene, beautiful and lush green vegetation. Remember to reach this place before sun down. If you don't, rest be assured that you would land in front of few elephants or heard of elephants. Dangerous by all means and will be warned by the hotel staff prior to your arrival. The Manager and the staff there has left a lasting impression on me. I am sure to go back there soon.

Room Tip: Go along with what the hotel staffs tell you. Irupu water falls is just 10KM away from this hotel an...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank AjitSankar
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I stayed in KTDC Thirunelli for a night, on my way to Mysore. The hotel is just very comfortable, as you dont feel it to be a hotel. Feel like you are at home. Simple rooms, clean toilets, enough space outside rooms. Food is OK. The staff is very friendly.
Having explored Wayanad a lot, I find Thirunelli is the best place to stay. Excellent road through reserve forest, which becomes literally empty before 6 PM. You are likely to see elephant herds crossing road, deers and bison. There is risk after 6 PM. This is ideal stopover for adventurous travelers.

Room Tip: Rooms on top floor has better view to wild life. You can see elephants from your room, if you are lu...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

If you are visiting Wayanad and interested in wildlife, then I will recommend this place to stay.
The hotel is located inside the Wayanad forest close to Thirunelly temple. We stayed in this hotel for 4 days with our family and enjoyed the place. One of the night we heared a group of elephant came near to the hotel and we heared the sound of the elephant roaring. All rooms are equipped with AC, But we didn't switch on a single day due to the cold weather. Due to heavy rain there was no electricity for a day, but we didn't find any difficulties because they ran the generator whole day/night. Few notes which may help you.

- The hotel is inside the forest and nearest town Manthawady is approx 30 k.m, so all the required things bring with you, else you need to drive 30 k.m. These is no shop near by.
- Get your favorite soft/hard drinks with you, bcoz you won't get any coke/pepsi/beer etc in the hotel.. to get liquor you need to drive 30 k.m till Manathawady.
-If you are interested in wildlife then start from the hotel at 5AM early morning and drive towards tholopetty wild life sanctuary... I am sure you will spot a lot of wild life.
-Cary sufficient cash along with you bcoz the nearest ATM is 30 k.m long.
-Ask for the 1st floor rooms as you will get a better view.
- If you have kids with you.. then take all their necessary things. Don't expect anything to buy after reaching the hotel as nothing is available there.
- Food is not great but okay in the hotel... You have to order food well in advance else you won't get.
Food is little costly as compared to other hotels but expected inside a forest :)


I will definitely recommend this hotel.. really a great place for a vacation...

Room Tip: Ask for 201-204 rooms for better mountain view..
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

This is a good place to stay. One has to be prepared for the drawbacks that are found in hotels in pilgrim centers - such as the noises created by the guests. Thirunelly temple is famous as a destination to perform last rites of deceased. Hence there will be large number of people in each group/family. Though this hotel is less than one km from the temple, it's less crowded when compared to hotels adjacent to the temple. Moreover, this hotel provides both non-vegetarian dishes & vegetarian dishes. So those who cannot avoid non-veg food, cannot prefer the hotels adjacent to the temple.

Unlike other hotels run by KTDC - a government concern, we found the staff taking personal interest in all matters. There was genuine sincerity in their work. Hope they will maintain this quality. Our thanks to them - especially to Saravan, Jageesh and Anil, for making our stay pleasant.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hariprasad_VN
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The first tip is: Book online, for a 10% discount.
Tip # 2: Even if the site shows no rooms available, call and speak to the super friendly Saravanan on the listed number and you may actually get the room(s) you need (Government policies of keeping reserves!).
Located less than a km from the famous Thirunelly temple, Tamarind is the cheapest, while being comfortable, located in the midst of forest environs and boasting super friendly staff and prompt and smiley service.
Tip # 3: Ask for Rooms 202 - 204 on the first floor, for the best view. Ground floor rooms have NO view.
They have a decent restaurant which cooks up tasty fare with about an hour's notice, for all 3 meals. Tea and snacks is served in the room on request. They do not have a bar, but like most places, are not averse to your having a little party inside your room, as long as you don't disturb the neighbours! They also have a 10 (or so) bed dormitory, for large groups on shoestring budget.
All rooms come with double bed (or 2 singles), comfortable for 2 adults and a kid (ours was 11). Fan, AC, TV and geyser are available in all rooms.
We have stayed there twice, and despite being a Govt/ KTDC affair, would surely head right back there, if we wanted another break with just a temple visit, nearby waterfall/ wild life park on the agenda, with a lot of bird gazing and peaceful-moments-with-nature thrown in for free!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Kalpetta, Kalpetta 670646, India
Region: India > Kerala > Wayanad District > Kalpetta
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Ranked #23 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Kalpetta
Price Range: £20 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tamarind Thirunelly 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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