I'll be honest - I chose Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay going by the large number of good reviews and of course the price. However I was a tad bit disappointed upon reaching here.
For starters, I was expecting a proper 'jungle view'. But apart from the fact that Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay is the last house on the road leading to the jungle, there is not really any connection with the name. The view can be hardly be called so, as everything is hidden by tall trees. Yes you hear a lot of animal noises throughout the day, spot many monkeys and birds, but I was expecting a more expansive view.
We had the top floor room which was large, very clean but basic otherwise. Since the top floor has just one room, we had a whole wrap around balcony with table, chair, a lounder and even a hammock! The owner was really helpful with advice on what to do and hooked us upto the best auto driver in town (Vinod). This was surely a highlight of our stay because Vinod knows everything about Thekkady. He was extremely helpful in showing us around, suggesting options, taking us to Elephant Junction et al.
The best thing about Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay is food. We had the most amazing home-cooked Kerala food here and quantity was more than sufficient. Although be warned that you'll have to indicate to the owner well in advance if you intend to have lunch/dinner.
A note on the location - the house is located at the end of a long winding road near the SBI branch/bus stand. It was especially long and a bit scary to walk from the main market after dark. Also, do carry lot of mosquito repellant and torch. There are frequent power cuts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We Are Situated Just At The Border Of The Periyar National Park,you Can Watch Animals And Birds From Our Balcony ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay Hotel Kumily
- Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay Thekkady, Kerala