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“Very dark rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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The Elephant Court Thekkady
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Amalambika Road, Thekkady | Near to Periyar Wildlife Park, Thekkady 685536, India   |  
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“Very dark rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed two nights here in early February - the rooms were large but with very dark wood and wooden shutters so not a lot of daylight coming in. The bathroom was pretty large but had a very old bath with hand shower and shower curtains - there would be plenty of room to put in a proper shower. Food was OK but nothing to write home about. the evening entertainment was good - two young girls dancing - they were excellent and had trained for nearly 5 years. Staff were OK but I think as it was a large hotel there was not much of a personal touch.

The balcony was a good size with two wickers chairs and a view over trees so we could watch birdlife - parrots etc

Room Tip: Not sure if all rooms are dark but might be worth looking for something brighter
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TECThekkady_Kerala, General Manager at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank You for choosing Elephant Court for your holidays. Regarding the lighting that you mentioned, we have used genuine teak wood to get the traditional look and feel that matches the ambiance. Also I shall convey your compliments to the young performers which is an encouragement for them.

Once again thank you for staying with us.

Thank You & Regards,
Manoj Thomas
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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26 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Rooms are large, clean and comfortable. Bathrooms do not have a separate shower although the space is there. Amenities in bathroom very basic. We found the food in hotel poor. Breakfast was chaotic if you wanted to order an egg etc. Dinner was less than appetizing. Hotel is well located to the town as well as well as game park. Internet available in limited areas and erratic even there.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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TECThekkady_Kerala, General Manager at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking time to share the experience of your recent stay at Elephant Court.
I am deeply sorry that you haven't enjoyed the food. I have taken note of your feedback and your comments will be forwarded to our corporate chef & kitchen team so that they can continuously improve on their efforts.

Once again, thank you for your valid comments.

Sincerely,

Manoj Thomas
General Manager
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

What a pity- this place should be better but is overrun by coach parties that only stay one night so has the feel of mass tourism about it! Staff seemed tired, rather overworked and dissinterested.
The room was fine with a lovely balcony and it was quiet at night but the food was barely edible.
All in all not a good experience and the worst place we stayed in.

Room Tip: Take a room down the hill away from the restaurant.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sajan_Cochin, Head of Sales at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Patron.

Greetings from The Elephant Court , Thekkady !

First of all , my sincere apologies for the very late reply. I have just joined the team recently and I have just started to reply to the reviews and feedbacks.

Many thanks for sharing your review on Tripadvisor and giving us your feedback . My sincere apologies for the difficulties and in convenience caused during your stay.

We have completely transformed from those days and a new team is in place.

Once again many thanks for choosing The Elephant Court to be your host.

Hope you will give us a chance to make up for the past , during your next visit to Thekkady . Look forward to your next visit.

Warm regards

Sajan Joseph
sales@theelephantcourt.com
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Hyderabad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Elephant Court is an ideal place at an ideal location for spending one’s honeymoon..look at d culture,heritage,romantic milieu nd decent rates..it hs to be d best.I went there for my honeymoon & felt nothing short of a prince actually.

As whole of Thekkady is a serene place surrounded by the beautiful nature consisting of mountains, valleys, lush green forests, plantations and much more, you always feel refreshed in the lap of heavenly sceneries.

Also a word for Antilog Vacations who booked us such a nice tourage at genuine costs & proving that they r indeed very good in kerala trips..we also stayed stayed in one of the taj properties during the tour at Kovalam nd hv no qualms to say, elephant court ws by far the best.

The hotel adds to the experience with their brilliant services and facilities offered at this place.
The main building is well built in Kerelan architecture style. The structure looks beautiful and inside, the spaces are big. The reception area in the lobby is well accommodated. They handle the guests well and efficiently.

The rooms in the hotel are big and clean throughout. The wooden furnishings in the room give a homely feeling and the relaxing bed gives you utmost comfort.

The hotel has a primitive gym which lacks the modern machinery and equipment and the ones which are there need some urgent repairing as they are in bad state. The swimming pool is well managed and looked after. The hygiene of the pool is maintained and checked regularly to ensure welfare of the swimmers.

The food in the hotel is a foodie’s carnival. The kitchen folks prepares awesome cuisines using their skills and tries to satisfy each guest’s whims.

The service staff of the hotel is really impressive. Some or the other member is always there strolling by in case a guest needs help. Really struck a chord – such diligence!
Guys I would seriously recommend this hotel to all. It is not the perfect one for the ones looking for value for money deals but, I assure you it is better than most in Thekkady.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TECThekkady_Kerala, General Manager at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Mr. Bajaj,

Greetings from Elephant court !!!!

We thank you for your wonderful feedback on this tripadvisor forum and we appreciate the time and effort you have spent writing the same. We will consider your valid point for improvement. We have shared your review with the team at the hotel and they are delighted to know that you had a positive and memorable experience.

Thank you for recommending our hotel to your family and friends and we highly appreciate it.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further requirements

Warm Regards
Manoj Thomas
General Manager
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed at the Elephant court in early January. It was ok. Room was clean. View - not great. Breakfast ok. Internet is free but only in the lobby. The Reserve not worth the visit unless you must pass near it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TECThekkady_Kerala, General Manager at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Elephant Court !!!!!!!!!

Thank You very much for choosing Elephant Court for your Stay.
We will consider your valuable comments about the view and break fast. Free usage of Wi fi on room side is under progress.

Thanks again.

Best regards,

Manoj & team.
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at The Elephant Court in Thekkady. I stayed in a Patio Room which was excellent with a very nice balcony as well. The hotel isn't very far from the reserve and hence it made it possible for us to go for the early morning boat ride in the Periyar river. The staff is very polite and helpful. Food was good but could have been better if they claim to be a five star hotel. A few more options in the food would have made me give this hotel a five star overall. However, in spite of this it is a great place to stay as the hotel has lots of recreation options and a clean pool to take a dip in. Do check out the little love birds next to the hotel reception. It will take all your stress away. Overall, amazing rooms and great service. Definitely one of the best places to stay in Thekkady.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TECThekkady_Kerala, General Manager at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your great review. We have noted your valued suggestions and will take further steps to implement it. Thank You for choosing Elephant Court for your stay.

Thank You,
Manoj Thomas
General Manager
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Pune
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The hotel ambience was really good.The food was good . Rooms are spacious. But a bit costly.The room here are really comfortable with clean and nice bathrooms.Nice ambiance of the resort. complimentary breakfast menu was good & food delicious. but, the food otherwise was on the expensive side!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TECThekkady_Kerala, General Manager at The Elephant Court Thekkady, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at The Elephant Court.
We are happy to know that you liked the room facilities & food. Once again thank you for sharing us part of your valuable time for a nice review.

Thank You,
Manoj Thomas
General Manager
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Address: Amalambika Road, Thekkady | Near to Periyar Wildlife Park, Thekkady 685536, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Thekkady
#7 Family Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Elephant Court Thekkady 4*
Number of rooms: 65
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"The Elephant Court" is the one and only classified 5 star resort and is largest and most luxurious resort at Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Santuary ... more   less 
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