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Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Certificate of Excellence
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Nice place for relaxing!!”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I have contacted Anil(The owner) before planning my trip and the first thing he pointed is that it is not a resort and the place is for nature lovers. So that is the only thing I have to tell about the very few negative reviews you can see about this place.

We traveled as a group of 6 people and the place was just the right one for us to relax. In fact we had to regret that we didn't have enough time to spend there. I am sure I will come back again with a longer holiday plan.

The way I see this place is the best place to relax as you are surrounded by forest and all the real bells and whistle's of nature. The night safari, the jungle awareness trek and even just passing time waiting for any possible sighting of wild animals in the watch tower - you will feel extremely pleased with your choice.

We had the chance to spot many elephants(of which, one group chased us on provocation of the guide), a big owl, a rabbit and I think that was it as we were not on the really lucky side. But the sheer calmness of the location will make you more than happy.

The food was really tasty, served hot though we had to wait a little longer. I don't know the availability of any cuisine other than keralite, but the ones they served were simply delicious. So if you love kerala style foods, you would love this place for that too.

The only hiccup was that the electricity and then the back up they are using failed in the night leaving us with a candle light dinner. The whole night the power stayed out and caused a little trouble in an otherwise excellent trip.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest,
Many thank for your comments, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad. As you rightly pointed out, ours is a farm surrounded by jungle on all sides and if you are looking for nature, privacy and lot of wildlife, you will like it here.
Once again, thank for spending your holidays with us at Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Ani
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Landgraaf, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The retreat is located at a beautiful spot in the northern part of Wayanad. They offer basic rooms with full board. The trips they offer have to be paid separately. The trip through Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary was negatively affected by our driver who continuously talked to the guide about anything but wildlife. We would not recommend the jungle trek (16 km, INR 1500 per group) for families, since it involves pretty dangerous climbing. Our guide during this trek did not speak one word of English and did therefore not once communicate with us. Our contact person (Baiju) was however very helpful in answering all our questions during our stay.

We thought the retreat was too expensive because of the basic rooms and meals offered (we paid INR 27000 for the three nights package), and because of the fact that most of the activities have to be paid separately.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for your positive comments about the location and the service provided. Since you stayed during New Year's eve, the peak season rates were applicable, but we'll certainly consider the value for money aspects before deciding on the peak season rates.
Once again, thank you for choosing to stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad
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Anil
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Mumbai
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The whole experience was awesome right from the location,service,hospitality and people. Combine the trip with a drive along the Kerala countryside to visit some beautiful spots nearby. Recommend a minimum 3-4 days stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Prasoon86
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest
Many thanks for the kind words and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We are very happy that you enjoyed the wildlife, the location and the service.
Once again, thank you for choosing to stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Regards
Anil
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

I'm just back from a fabulous trip to Jungle Retreat in Wayanad. What attracted me most to this retreat was that it is created as a comfortable place completely in tune with nature and its wildlife. I must say that the people responsible for creating this place have done a fabulous job. Some things to be highlighted about the retreat:
Great Location: This place is surrounded by forest on 3 sides and on one side the retreat has main road access. The property is completely isolated with no neighbours, however you are still absolutely safe and sound within the electric fencing.
Amazing place to spot wildlife: The place is so wild that most of the time you get to spot elephants, deers and wild dogs within the property itself. The night safari was awesome with some wonderful wildlife sightings. The enthusiasm of the driver to show us wildlife during our safari was impeccable.
Cozy Cottages: The cottages are well designed, all wood, rustic, basic, but very comfortable. The cottages look simple, elegant and relaxing. What stands out are the huge balconies with a great view of the paddy fields. However, this is not the kind of place that offers 5-star luxury or wonderfully landscaped gardens and walkways. Its very rustic, yet pristine.
Fabulous People: While everything else was great, it was the attitude of the staff that makes me want to rave about this place. They were always full of smiles. It almost seemed like each and every member of the staff took great pleasure in exceeding every expectation that you had of them. Never was I required to ask any member of the staff about what my iterinary the next day was or what I should do next or what time would food be served.
Food – The food was very simple homemade food, typically Kerala delicacies, yet quite tasty and there was always sufficient variety. The non-veg was extremely lip-smacking.
A special mention has to be made about Mr Anil, the owner of this place. Extremely warm and friendly guy with a passion for wildlife, he always made it a point to spend some amount of time with his guests to share the immense knowledge he had for wildlife.
I would highly recommend this place to travellers who are looking for a nature stay devoid of any noise or pollution and in the midst of wildlife.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Nora L
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest
Many thanks for the kind words and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
I am very happy that we could povide what you were looking for - privacy and wildlfe!
Thanks for choosing to stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Regards
Anil
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Took the wife and kids for a 2 night stay. Chose the 2 nights package, opted out of the trek, got a stream visit instead included in the same package. Very obliging folks, genuinely interested in making your stay comfortable. Spent much of the time in and around the resort, the outdoor sit out is great for an afternoon nap and also for animal sightings. Food was good, rooms clean, no mosquitos, safari was excellent, spotted tuskers at close range. Woke up in the middle of the night, woken up by the Tiger roar, my kinda music! Kids loved the swimming pool and wifi. The wifi range not very strong, but it was a bonus.2 standouts are the location and service. Unbeatable.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Thank joebieden
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest
Many thanks for the kind words and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
I am very happy that you enjoyed the service provided, I'll pass your comments on to our team here.
Thanks for choosing to stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Regards
Anil
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

jungle retreat is in an amazing location, you are looking out at a water hole and are highly likely to see an elephant drinking here at some point in your stay. If you're lucky Anil will be on hand who is hugely knowledgeable and full of fab wildlife stories. Our highlight was the trek to the bat caves - highly recommended for those who would like to walk all day.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Olivia H
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest
Many thanks for the kind words and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
I'll pass on your comments to the staff.
Thanks for choosing to stay in Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Regards
Anil
09742 565 333
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Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights late December. The property is a 2-3 hours drive from Mysore through beautiful forest. The rooms are quite basic. We had the wooden cottage which has a wonderful view. No tigers although a leopard and cub were spotted during our stay. On the night safari we saw elephants - also saw one from our verandah early in the morning and it was very close to the fence.
Anil and Baiju were extremely helpful and knowledgable. The outdoor dining and seating areas are a great place to meet and chat with other guests. We enjoyed the food very much too. This is a perfect place to stay if you love wildlife and birds and tranquility and are not looking for luxury but warm and friendly hosts.

  • Stayed December 2012
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JungleRetreat, Manager at Jungle Retreat Wayanad, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Guest
Many thanks for your appreciative words and we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. You are absolutely right in pointing out that the retreat is a good place to stay in if you are a wildlife lover hoping to see animals right from your balcony it self. We are glad that we had a chance to host both of you during your visit to Wayanad.
Regards
Anil
Jungle Retreat Wayanad
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Property: Jungle Retreat Wayanad
Address: Thirunelli Tholpetty Road | Thirunelli, Kalpetta 670646, India
Location: India > Kerala > Wayanad District > Kalpetta
Amenities:
Business Center 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 74 Specialty 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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