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Reviewed October 9, 2007

In October 2007, we visited Rain Country Resort @ Wayanad for a 2 day holiday. This was the worst holiday we had ever had. It started with the approach road to the resort which is not at all in drivable condition. Then it was the food and service. They claim to be a multi-cuisine restaurant, but they have zero choice of food/menu. We have to eat what they serve. The service is hopeless too.
To top it all, at nights, moths, cockroaches and various other insects will give you company in your bedroom.

If you plan for a nice vacation with your family, pls avoid Rain Country Resorts @ Wayanad

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank AdventurousBlr
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

While working in Bangalore, decided to head down to Wayanad to see rural India, animals etc.

Rain Country was a very basic (by American standards) place, but I'm really glad we went there. The lodging is in separate wooden houses built in Keralan style -- lots of airflow, porches with beds/couches and shades to pull down for privacy, etc. Interesting wood work.

The food was very local "country" cooking, served in very simple style and in a very simple room, but it was excellent food.

There's not a ton to do right around the resort, but just sitting on the porch and relaxing while watching the clouds float in over the mountain top, watching the afternoon rain, etc was great. I think 1-2 days is the most I'd spend before moving on but it was well worth the experience.

Stayed: June 2007
1  Thank qwerty9000
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Reviewed May 28, 2005

WAYANAD is a hill station, a wild life sanctuary and a spice / tea county combined into one. It is one of the many paradises in God’s own country, located near the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border .

Wayanad is a district in the Malabar region, about 100 kms north east of Calicut. It can also be accessed from Mysore by a good road (< 130 kms). There is also an average road link between Ooty and Wayanad (< 100 kms). This region is part of the Nilgiri bio-sphere (consisting of Wayanad, Nagarhole, Bandipur and Mudumalai sanctuaries)

We took the Hunsur road from Mysore and entered the Nagarhole sanctuary thru the north entrance and drove right thru the jungle to the south end to reach Tholpetty (around 110 kms and 3½ hour drive). It was a very unique experience to drive right thru a big sanctuary in our car. While doing so, we spotted a bison in a casual mood, lot of chital and a couple of wild boar. We further drove 80 kms south east to Lakkidi located on the Mysore – Calicut highway. We stayed at a resort that is as close to Mother Nature as possible, Rain Country resort.

The resort located at a height of 1300 m, can be reached by taking a diversion from the highway. We took the winding 3 km dirt track thru tea estates past the clouds in first gear (only), all along wondering what would happen to our vehicle to reach this resort. We were pleasantly surprised by this breath taking and scintillating resort which is still carefully tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hats-off to Mr.Anil, an erstwhile tea estate owner with a heart for mother nature, who visualized and constructed this one of a kind resort.

There are totally 8 cottages in this 20 acre property. Each cottage is an actual old style Kerala home, which has been dismantled and rebuilt on the hills. Each has subtle variations in style. Each one is however loaded with basic amenities including a very clean toilet. You have the option of choosing a cottage with closed bathrooms or with partially open bathrooms (would recommend choosing the open ones and be closer to nature) The whole spirit of the resort takes a couple of hours to sink into your mind and soul. You could sit in the front sit- out of the cottage and just keep observing the wonderful movement of clouds for hours together.

There is no electricity in the resort. Generator is used to supply power between 6.00 pm and 12.00 mid-night and again between 7.00 am and 10.00 am in the morning. There is a natural swimming pool with water flowing from an uphill stream flowing into a pond and the overflow meanders downward.

Words cannot explain this resort. I request you to have a look at their website ------- to visualize this whole experience. No phones, mobile phones and TV in this resort. However BSNL phones seem to work. There is a good restaurant serving a multicuisine menu. They also have a few basic game options like carom, badminton and fishing.

We stayed at this place for 2200 INR (50 USD) per night per couple on half board basis (including breakfast and dinner). On the day we stayed, we were the only guests in the resort and so were upgraded to their honeymoon cottage located in a small semi-secluded hill inside the resort. We just spent the day idling around and digesting this whole new experience.

There are a few more nature resorts in Wayanad. They are Vythiri resort, Jungle Park resort and Green Magic resorts which have huge properties situated inside vast plantations (100 acres or more). All offer equally good experiences and leave equally big holes in the wallet.

Pocket friendly options are Green Gates resort, Stream valley cottages, Hotel Woodlands and Hotel Haritagiri .

What to See :

1. Phokoot Lake :
Located 13 kms south of Kalpetta (district headquarters). Pretty close to the main road. This lilly pond / lake has a very natural environment. It is surrounded on all around by high mountain ranges. A scenic walking trail is available along the periphery of the lake.

2. Edakkal caves :
Pre-historic caves situated around 25 kms east of Kalpetta. Need to take a 1 km trek to reach the caves consisting of New stone age writing. Supposed to be a worthwhile trip. Could not go because of time constraints.

3. Chain tree :
An English man shot down a local tribe who actually discovered Wayanad. This tree is supposed to have the spirit of the local tribe, which has been tied down using the chain.

4. Lakkidi view point :
You could see the winding uphill road from Calicut from this view point close to Lakkidi. Located 15 kms south of Kalpetta.

5. Tirunelli temple : Known as the Kashi of Kerala. A sacred Hindu shrine located around 70 kms north west Kalpetta (close Nagarhole sanctuary). It has a site with embossing on a rock, supposed to be the feet of Lord RAMA. A sacred river Papanashini runs in this place.

Please go enjoy this natural paradise before it is spoiled by city folks like us.

34  Thank Ramesh R
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Reviewed March 1, 2013
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 15, 2012
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