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“Nice Property in the midst of Tuskers !!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Club Mahindra Thekkady

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Club Mahindra Thekkady
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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63 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Nice Property in the midst of Tuskers !!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Nice property, decent rooms a tad oldie furnished, staff is great and food was all right.

This was the first destination in my honeymoon trip - not that fantastic but overall my experience with Thekkady as a destination was not great. The place is well deserved of its status as after exploring came to know not many great places in Thekkady.

Run by Club Mahindra so they do take care of its members and guests. Staff was well mannered and helpful.

Room Tip: This is a large property and rooms are cottages, try to stay close to the main building which houses...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We went to Thekkady after Munnar last week and were expecting a very shabby accomodation and experience basis the reviews we read before going but was in for a surprise. Just like Munnar, was very pleased with the property, the food and the service. Ofcourse this is an older property but if youre not a nit picker, then all the amenities are there.They've managed to take a piece of land and transform it into some kind or rainforest. And the weather made it even better. They were really trying to hardsell the meal packages cz its a set menu and it works better for them but we stuck to a la carte and it served us well. Rained quite a bit but we were happy to stay snuggled up in our lovely cottages. They even gave us an extra room! Excellent service.Youll see it shining through every bit of your stay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

The resort is extremely close to the Kumily village so people who are interested in not spending exorbitantly at the Club Mahindra Restaurant can get many options. The resort rooms with Kitchenette does have all basic and necessary equipments to make a fast veg maggi meals. Vegetables are easily available and fresh at the store on the way from resort to bus stand.

Other options accept Club Mahindra Resort Restaurant :
An authentic humble local Keralite restaurant near the Church at the crossroads is great taste, authentic local taste, value for money. They can speak and understand English also. Ambadi Restaurant and Hotel - designed by the famous Architect Laurie Baker just on the start of Amalambika Road (the road which goes to Club Mahindra resort, Tuskar Trails) have superb classy rooms @ Rs. 1600/day and meals Kerala Thali Non-Veg Rs. 120. On an average 2 people can dine in for Rs. 300-350 in a superb decor not worth missing out.

Conveyance after reaching Thekkady :
Mr. Ridhish (09947387052, 09446928287) is a very good guide and can help arrange Activa for rent (Rs.350 / day). June, July, August is monsoon over here. Evenings are chilling and it can drizzle the entire day, so be prepared if going in monsoon. Rikshaws generally charge about Rs. 13 / km, so you can calculate accordingly and hire one for your sight seeing around the village if you want that way.

Our Journey :
Reaching Cochin by Air and then it takes 5 hours to reach Thekkady. Going by train to Kottayam is a much better option and then a bus to Thekkady is just 2.5 hours. We travelled by KSRTC Express bus which was very convenient and fast and economical way to reach. KSRTC buses are great for young couples, but couples with small kids might want to opt for a taxi which costs Rs. 2050 from Kottayam train station to Club Mahindra Resort Thekkady. If you want to go by KSRTC bus, plan your holiday such that you have to travel on Sundays, as weekdays the buses are quite rushy.

Room Tip: Ask for a room a bit far from the road side.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mehtapurvi77
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mumbai india
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136 reviews
57 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Its a good 3 star property , this is what i can call upon , not upto other clubmahindra resorts standards , so do not go there with high expecatation , just the basics , we went with a family of 3 adults & my child , enjoyed the 2 nights in thekkady with sight seeing all around like the periyar river cruise , elephant ride , sword shows , kathakali , resorts does not offer anything much & its expensive if they arrange , so u can do it yourself as everything in thekkady is nearby within 5 kms radius of the resort. so plan it well.
food we did not try so cannot comment ,yes we did order room service for french fries , served after 30 mins & that too soggy so poor service ,
bathrooms were not cleant properly ,old leaking knobs, so choose ur room near & ask them to service ur room 2 times please , monkey menance is there outside ur room so be careful not to leave any food near the doors & windows ,
location & resort theme is nice , but they are surely understaffed so to maintain is a issue ,
not much for the kids except the small pool & activity center , so plan for max 2 -3 nights only or u will get bored , nearby restaurants serve good food too , try shree krishna or annaporna , mahavir for vegetarians ,
club mahindra please upgrade this place to atleast 4 - 5 star level please !!!

Room Tip: choose the rtoom facing the pool , for good view , less monkeys around , u can see the lobby area &a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank njagu
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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64 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

As compared to other Mahindra resorts rooms are smaller but that is a minor incinvennience. With swimming pool and activity zone there are enough amenities.
No. one attraction in Thekkady is boat ride in Perriyar river. During ride you are transported to the world of kinvdom of animals where humans are mere spectators. Boat ride tickets are sold by Forest dept - 3 km away from resort. If you don't have own cab, walk down about 100 meters to main road where you will find plenty of autos. One way fare to Boat ticket booth is Rs 50. While entering the forest, make sure to purchase forest entry tickets if Rs. 25 each. Without these you cannot purchase boat tickets. During season there is very heavy rush for boat tickets of Rs. 150 each. So it is advisable to reach 1.5 hrs. before boat ride. Chances if viewing max animals are more durinh first ride of 7:30am and last ride of 3:30 pm. After purchasing tickets, rent binnoculars from Forest Dept Information Centre; rent Rs. 70, deposit Rs. 1000. On the way back plenty of autos available but a walk though the forest road is recommended.
We were lucky to get a Hindi speaking auto driver Mr. Chandu who also proved to be a good guide. His contact ni. iz 09746430554.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dksud
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Bengaluru, India
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85 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Its a small resort, with not much activities inside. There is no open space or play area for kids. Good place to stay, but don't expect fun activities inside the resort.

Kerala is land of spice. The management needs to add some spice to this resort and make it more lively... else you will get BORED.

Compared to their other resorts, this one lacks charm. The activity center folks didn't know how to conduct group games. Instead of fun, they irritated us. They didn't look professional.. looks like some restaurant staff were asked to stand in for the activity center.

Their spread of food is OK.. but nothing great. I expected some kerala dishes to be served in the resort, but the menu looks almost the same everyday. The chef was friendly and kind enough to understand I was disappointed with their menu.. so he made us some kerala parotas, fish fries and some veg dishes. All complimentary. This was the only plus point of the visit.
Not sure if they had any Bar...

I suggest you eat out. Thekkady/Kumily being a small city, all places are within walkable distance. There are some good restaurants outside.. good local and affordable food.
The rooms are spacious and nice. The layout of the rooms are also good. The location.. is close to the periyar lake, so you can walk.. 20 mins.

If you are driving to the resort first time, then its hard to spot.. as there are no signs around. I had to ask couple of local people to find this place. The street outside has no lights and pitch black at night.. . and guess what.. there is a sign outside on the lamp post which says 'donated by Club Mahindra' !!! There are lot of areas of improvements for this resort. But if you are looking for a place to stay then its worth it. Don't expect a "resort" feeling here.. its more of hotel.

They have some rooms with Kitchen, though its not technically a kitchen. The only advantage is that you get direct drinking water which is safe. Its a pity that other rooms don't have this tap. When asked.. they said I can fill the water from bathroom ... is that an answer ??

Room Tip: talk to the chef.. if you don't like the menu. They are accommodating and sometimes provide sur...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Vijay Z
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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134 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Location: excellent; very central in Thekkady, yet feels remote. Great setting, with our room providing treetop views, with a wonderful breeze wafting through, thus rendering air conditioning unnecessary.

Rooms: Old rooms, dimly lit, old TV, needs refurbishment. The toliet was ok.

Food: Reasonable; adequate value. The nearby Ambadi restaurant was great value for lunch in particular.

Service: quite good. Very helpful lady at the front desk, who ensured the replacement of a rickety chair in our room.

Overall, a resort with great but unfulfilled potential.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Club Mahindra Thekkady

Property: Club Mahindra Thekkady
Address: Amalambika Road | Idukki Dist, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Mahindra Thekkady 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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Club Mahindra Tusker Trails Hotel Thekkady
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