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Secret Ivory Farm & Guest House
Ranked #4 of 18 Masinagudi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Be there only if nature beckons you!!!”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Wonderful!! The simple word to start with. Just the kind of resort I was looking forward to-tranquil, spacious, simple, cosy, caring staff, great food, spectacular view, and above all, closest to the forest one can get to. Another nice thing about the resort is that there are only 9 rooms here within the resort area of 2.36 acres. I have checked locations of other similar resorts in the area in Google maps but this certanly is the best. Jeep safaris to the forests were wonderful. We did not go for trekking but got to know from others staying there that it was an unforgettable experience. Even the experience of fishing in the stream was unforgettable (although 6 fishing rods, more than 12 prying eyes, and some investments in baits proved futile in the end). We were four families in our group and travelled to Ooty from here. Even Our city-bred kids were very upset for leaving this resort and staying at Ooty.
Only a request to other visitors-please avoid if you are in a mood of partying and boozing. Evenings are quiet here. You have plenty of options to spend your time leisurely:-light up a fire, BBQ, sit quietly with a bottle of beer, play indoor games, or chat with the friendly staff and owner Om Balan.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Bristol. UK
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Mudamalai Tiger Reserve was a side trip for us, reccomended by my son whose PhD thesis is based in Mudamalai field research. Son also advised us to stay at Secret Ivory, so we booked in and they sent a Jeep to collect us in Ooty. The road from to Mudamalai from the Nilgiri Hills is a roller coaster ride -- 36 hairpin bends with nerve racking notices about accident statistics along the way. In order to spend 2 nights at Secret Ivory we did it in both directions --36 down and 36 up. It was worth the excditement. Secret Ivory is modern, basic but totally acceptable by any standards. One does not expect luxury in a nature reserve and I have stayed in far less comfort in the Negev desert for example -- or in the Atlas mountains. The rooms are arranged into two blocks -- with an additional one in a tree house outside the electric fence. The fence is supposed to keep elephants out of the compound -- but there was a large pile of elephant dung on the grass in front of our balcony. We were told a group had crashed the fence a couple of days earlier. The eating area is in a separate building, but the friendly staff will deliver to your balcony if you wish. We sat out with a bottle of Kingfisher beer, watching langur moneys frolic in the trees close by. A variety of exotic birdlfe provided additional entertainment. The dirt roads across the reserve are now closed to motor vehicles, so the only way to explore is on foot. We set off on an early morning walk through the jungle with 2 guides -- one up front and one behind. They were obviously professional and sensitive to our needs...so we trusted them and were rewarded with a close view of a group of wild elephants and fabulous bird watching -- notably a large red, white and black woodpecker hammering away at a tree a few feet away from our binoculars. We also saw a wild rooster (enormous), wild peacocks, wild boar, spotted deer and monkeys galore. We narrowly missed seeing a tiger. Sadly, the tranquility of Secret Ivory was shattered on Friday evening, when a very noisy group of young male IT workers from Bangalore turned up for a boozy weekend. One wonders why a place set up for people who love wildlife allows this to happen -- and can only assume a decline in international visitors has affected the hotel's cash flow.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We went to Mudumalai in Jan'2013. The whole trip was a great experience. This place is located in the serene pristine backdrop of Nilgiri moutain, in the middle of mudumalai wilderness. The Rooms were clean and hygienic , the hotel stuffs were very warm and friendly. They arranged for night camp fire which got better with chicken barbeque and grilled chocolate banana . In the night safari we saw Spotted Deers, Porcupine, Mangoose, Elephants and a glimpse of a leopard. Next morning we went for trekking in the Jungle where we encountered with single Tusker, saw Giant Malabar Squirrel, sambar deer , Egale, peacocks,Hawks and number of different species. At noon we went to the nearby Moyer riverside where we tried fishing and some of also bathed there. In the afternoon while driving through the forest near Theppakadu, we got our best moment , seeing a full grown Leopard in the wild from 30 feet distance. The Trip just got perfect with the awesome quality of delectable food, cant expect better than this. Truly a memorable trip !!

Room Tip: Those who love adventure and want to have real forest experience should stay at room Elephant. Also...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

You want to really enjoy your stay at Masnagudi?? Please look for another resort. this place has got everything wrong. Right from service to hospitality they are below average. The staff are arrogant, especially the owner Om Balan. Food is average. Definitely not worth the money you spend. there are other good places to go to.. rolling stones etc.. Cheers!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was a quiet place to stay. It is good to spend some time in the country side. The staff is very friendly and the food is good. My wife especially recommends the early morning trekking, which was organized by Secret Ivory staff : she saw tigers. I did not see them because I did not believe this could be possible. The trekking would have been expensive if no animal could be seen. (600 INR by person)
As default, I only can say that the bed structure is hard.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We are two familys, we go to 25th December ,that staff was very friendly, staffs take care everything, there arrange for safari we saw the lapod, next day we go to the trekking we saw the two tigers,beer and elephent guides also good, the food its very tasty, very clean the rooms and place, we enjoy the holidays, thank you for staffs.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2012

I had the worst experience of my life in this resort. Not suited for family.
1. they don't respond - kept calling them & knocking on their door for getting hot milk for kids from 630 am to 730. fought with us saying that we need to tell in advance - which was not conveyed earlier.
2. hot water not made available unlike their claim
3.we had to fetch hot water from outside the room in a bucket. they don't even lend a helping hand. There are several better resorts at better rates.
do your homework before opting to stay in Secret ivory, Masinagudi

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Secret Ivory Farm & Guest House
Address: Achakarai | The Nilgiris, Masinagudi 643223, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > The Nilgiris District > Masinagudi
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Ranked #4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Masinagudi
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Number of rooms: 8

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