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“A very magical place” 5 of 5 stars
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Elephant Valley Eco Farm Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ganesh Puram, Vilpatti | Kumpoor Vayal PO, Kodaikanal 624 104, India   |  
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Ranked #20 of 70 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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“A very magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed at Elephant Valley for two nights during a two week tour of Southern India in March 2012. We loved it so much that we could easily have stayed there for the rest of the tour!

The accommodation is basic but clean. No air conditioning, but because it's so high up in the hills the ceiling fan provides quite adequate cooling. The air is clean and fresh and the whole place runs at a completely different pace to the Indian cities that we had grown accustomed to.

The restaurant is a large, open, thatched hut in the centre of the farm and the food is truly spectacular. Our meals were self-service buffet style but with plenty of choice and some amazing tastes and flavours with much of the food grown on the organic farm (get the staff to show you around the vegetable patches!)

The farm was harvesting and drying it's pepper crop whilst we were there which was quite fascinating and we wondered around the open plan farm looking at a newly born foal in the stables, watching the hens herd their broods of chicks around scratching for food and avoiding the surly looking geese! ;) They also grow coffee so it's very possible that you could witness a coffee harvest too.

We took a guided walk up to the "single tree" high on a ridge overlooking the valley. It was quite a trek, especially the bits out in the open sun with no shade but we walked past ancient Indian burial grounds that looked remarkably similar to Cornish Dolmens and around a huge waterfall crashing into the valley below. Quite spine-tinglingly magical and well worth the effort!

The scenary, both on the way to the valley and in the valley itself is nothing short of spectacular. I was up early both mornings, out with my camera exploring the farm in the early morning light and trying to photograph some of the native birds and wildlife (with varying degrees of success. The farm has plants and flowers, many of them very beautiful growing all around!

On our second night a local village held a funeral and we could hear the funeral drums and mourning singing going on long on into the night and again at dawn the following day. Normally I would be annoyed at such a thing but here, in this setting it made a very powerful impression and became part of the experience. It was very eerie to hear drifting on the wind but also a quite magical thing to experience in this place.

Don't forget to uy some of their home grown coffee beans to take back either for personal use or gifts - it's quite simply the best coffee I have ever tasted!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

we wanted to go to kodaikanal, but since kodai is extremely crowded, we were looking for a place close to kodaikanal. This place is exactly want we were looking for. There is a beautiful waterfall nearby and the steam of water runs through the property. Depending on your fitness, you can go on a horseride or on a trek and if you are lucky you could even see some elephants. We went on a 3 hr trek to a top of a hill and it was an awesome experience.
The place is neat and clean, but the food there is a bit expensive.
We stayed at the place on sat-sun and on Sunday afternoon the hotel manager arranged a cab for siteseeing in kodaikanal.
We would definitely recommend this place for nature lovers.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I was searching for a weekend getaway and was a perfect fit for me. It's around 20kms or so from Kodaikannal so its away from the mad rush and peacfull. The location is amazing, you get to listen to sound of the stream in the background. The food is very good and all the staff are always waiting to help you out no matter what time of the day it is.
The only problem would be the approach road or should I say lack of it. If you want a holiday away from all the noise and mad rush of the city this would be very highly recommended. The best part is I found it value for money.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This is truly a piece of paradise!!! This is ONLY for true nature lovers. If you are looking for room service, welcome drinks and cable networks - you donot belong here. If you want nature at its truest - this is the place for you!! Right in the middle of a forest, a spectacular vista of birds and a symphony of bird calls and sounds of the forest - the setting is absolutely out of the world. The views from your cottages (esp Hill top) is stunning (including the bathroom!). THe people running the lodge are friendly, efficient and do their darned best given logistical constraints. Hats off!! Attention to detail is the hall mark of this chain (eg Dunes Pondi) and they think through ways of making your stay comfortable. The food is AMAZING - fresh, tasty and served with a heart. The chocolate mousse - umm!! One of my best holidays (and I am comparing this to Sabah in Borneo)

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We had booked the tents at this place. It was a great experience. Liked the overall ambience of this place. Very earthy, very rugged, right at the foothills of Kodai amidst amazing setup. Tents turned out to be really comfortable even though we were a little sceptical about it initially. All neat & clean including the bathroom. The dining area was not too far from tents. Food served was good as well.

This place is for people who want to leave the hectic city life & relax in the middle of natural setting. Some of the activities you could try include horse riding, trekking, fishing etc. They also make a nice bon-fire in the night next to the dining area. Over all loved the experience at elephant valley even though did not see any elephants around....

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

We stayed in the month of May at Tectona,, its good for a single family. But the resort facility is not at par with the write up we read in the Hindu daily.
The draw backs:
1.The road to resort is not good for luxury car,, the car may get stuck on the way.
2. the location is good but the maintenance and cleanliness is very bad.
3. At tectona for 4 adults only one toilet and bath.
4. frequent power shut down and no mobile coverage.[ except Vodafone ]
5. Its not at all value for money resort and not good for family with small kids.

I don't suggest this resort to any of my friends.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

During our trip to Tamil Nadu, we took a break from the heat, the car horns and the hustlers and stayed at the Elephant Valley Eco Lodge. At C$70 per night including supper and breakfast, it's decent value. Keep in mind that it's 8 km down a one-lane road from the nearest village so access is not great. It's rustic but everything works and it's clean by Tamil Nadu standards. The fresh air and coolness (it's over 2000m above sea level) are the biggest attraction and the friendly staff are a close second. With the organic garden and coffee, pepper, oranges and lemons grown on site, food is fresh and the chefs are competent. If you're a Westerner, they'll probably tame the spices down but we asked that the spices be as per local tastes and the taste was about right. We had a one hour trek to the falls and saw plenty of elephant and bison tracks. During our second evening, we heard elephants bellowing and crashing through the forest behind our unit (we were on the far side of the river) and got out on the deck in time to see a couple of them pass about 20 m away. No internet unless you use your cell phone - coverage is spotty in the area. I wouldn't recommend staying during the monsoon (mid-June to August) as the river rises and the track down to the site might be sketchy (the road is paved but there are several rough spots). However if you're a brave traveller, you could probably get a great deal during that time.
All in all, a great break from typical Tamil Nadu weather. Arrange your transport ahead of time, bring some socks and hiking shoes and enjoy the peace and quiet!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ganesh Puram, Vilpatti | Kumpoor Vayal PO, Kodaikanal 624 104, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kodaikanal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 70 Hotels in Kodaikanal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Elephant Valley Eco Farm Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephant valley is the last settlement on the border of the National Forest which extends into wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala. It is uniquely situated on an elephant migration route that is centuries old. This land and the rivers we share with local people blessed with prestigious vegetal and animal species including: native birds, leopards, deer, bison and elephants. Its remoteness allowed it to escape the ravages of 'modern' chemical agriculture. ... more   less 
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