We spent three nights at this secluded lodge. Despite booking weeks in advance and the place being half empty, when we arrived we were shown one of the cottages overlooking the other cottages, not the river. We requested one overlooking the river, which they gave us, though the plunge pool (cold not a jacuzzi!) wasn't clean. The room itself was spacious and clean, but the lack of attention to basic infrastructure and detail was really disappointing. The towels were grey and tired; there was no mosquito net in the room (this is hot and humid India where bugs are rampant); the water heater, which you had to turn on and off, was good for 1/2 of a hot shower; and there was no generator - so half of the three days we were without power. We asked ahead of time if we should stop at a store to bring a couple of beers with us, but they wrote back saying "no we serve beer." This meant that if you told them in advance how many beers you would like in the evening they would drive to a store and bring them back and then charge you double the normal price! Finally, while the location is charming, there is a local church nearby that begins its loud services with drums and music at around 5 am each morning. On the whole, while the staff were lovely and accommodating, on the whole this is just not worth the money. For 120 Eur in India you can stay in 5 star hotels and this was far from 5 star!
- Also Known As:
- Duke`s Forest Lodge Ponmudi, Kerala, India