We have just returned from our 3 week trip to India and unfortunately Ela Ecoland was the worst accommodation that we encountered. The first issue is that it is not in Munnar, it is at least 1 hours drive away. Whilst the jungle location is nice with the river flowing though it is not among the tea plantations that you visit the area to see.
The 'cosy' cottage was dark, damp, dirty, cold and un-welcoming with random dusty ornaments in it. The tent next to us was awful, covered with mould. The shower did not work so we had to resort to washing ourselves with buckets of water. There was dirt and mould everywhere and there was no power for the majority of our time there. Wires were hanging and the electrics looked totally dodgy. The bed had a horrid blanket that smelt of damp. There was no ceiling, it was just a green fabric separating us and the roof which leaked when it rained. The food also left quite a lot to be desired - the food was prepared in a dirty kitchen. With the location so remote there really was no escape to anywhere more comfortable. Ok the website says 'does not offer the luxuries you might expect in resorts' we were expecting basic but clean - it was not clean!!
Another misleading quote from the website - 'The cottages have spacious and tastefully-appointed living space and invitingly clean and warm bedrooms'. Erm - tasteful - no. Inviting - no more like a room you would see in a horror movie when a couples car breaks down and the only place to stay in the creepy cottage a mile away. Clean - no.
Whilst our host Mr Shiju was very polite and friendly (hence the 2 given for Service), the accommodation really didn't live up to our expectations. We feel that Ela Ecoland misrepresents itself on yours and its own websites. There really is very little 'eco' about it. The river flowing through the site was pretty but the local men digging and extracting sand from it hardly seemed very 'eco friendly'.
As a result we checked out after one night and went to stay elsewhere. Overpriced an absolute rip off with a completely misleading 'fancy' website. AWFUL PLACE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco Friendly property located on a hillock around the hills of Munnar. The property has got a small waterfall within the location right in front of the front desk. There are large virgin trees and a lot of cardamom and coffee plantations in and around the property. There are luxury tents, a rock house and a tree house available at the property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ela Ecoland Nature Retreat Munnar, Kerala