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Rangerwood Nature Castle
Ranked #16 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Thekkady
Reviewed December 23, 2012

located right by the periyaar national this hotel offers an exquisite view of the park.... decent rooms... and the best part is the balcony has 2 "aaram" chairs with a teapoy and the park view.... beautiful...
loads of activities to do... night treks... elephant rides... shopping for some of the best spices in the country... katthakali... kalaripattayu and ofcourse the ayurvedic spa....the list goes on
worth the pocket

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

we arrived in afternoon and were upgraded to higher room. The view was very good and we found all staff very helpful. Wi fi was only available in reception area and closes at 10.00 pm but staff were willing to allow us to use wi fi later as due to time difference we had to use at 11 pm. Catering staff were also very good as they prepared meal to our requirement.
overall a very pleasant stay and wish we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: choose room facing forest and on higher floor to enjoy scenery from balcony
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

The hotel is located at a nice place, but is managed by some foolish and illiterate kind of people who don't know the basics of hospitality and how to serve the customers. Most of the staff there is unable to under English or Hindi. The front desk supervisor was arrogant and rude as he misbehaved with us. The rooms were good, but the bedding was not at all comfortable. Overall, I would say they really need to send their people for training and should align their rules with rest of the hospitality industry.

Room Tip: I would just say: "Please avoid staying at this hotel..."
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank m_gargm
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I chose this hotel for its bedroom views onto the jungle, proximity to the Periyar Tiger Reserve entrance (100m) and because it has a pool. It was the second leg of our 10 day holiday in Kerala during my half term. We arrived fairly exhausted after a long drive from Fort Kochi via Munnar at about 6.30pm, desperate for a swim. Although they had locked the pool gate they opened it so that we could jump in the pool. Beware the water is chilly, but that did not prevent us from swimming twice daily! Our room (206) was huge with a decor that has a safari style and a verandah overlooking the jungle. I sat outside with the binoculars and spotted monkeys, deer, bison, cattle, herons and a wart hog, amongst others. Contrary to other reviews, we did not find the room noisy, far from it! We enjoyed three buffet breakfasts in the hotel dining room overlooking the immaculate pool area as well as our first evening meal. Staff were friendly, courteous and most helpful. The hotel is within 20 min walking distance of the centre of the main town of Kumily and offers a pleasant stroll passing many neat shops and hotels. We had been advised to get tickets into the Periyar Tiger Reserve at 6am. So we joined the queue outside the ticket office at 5.35am! By 6.20am we were first in the queue of tuc tucs revving outside the gate (our hotel manager had come to the gate and advised us against walking if we wanted to get a ticket for the 7.30am lake boat trip). As the barrier went up the whacky races were off on the 1 km drive, a score of tuc tucs jostling for pole position behind the ranger's vehicle. At a certain point passengers alighted and literally charged on foot for a further 1/2 km towards the boating ticket office. Needless to say, after much pushing and shoving, we got seats on the boat. It was a truly Indian experience - wonderful!

Room Tip: All rooms face the jungle. Our room (201) seemed good and a nice height above the jungle. I expect r...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sara C
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a 1 day package in Rangerwood. The service is very poor. Hotel people are unfriendly and rude.
Whatever we request them, they simply tell we are busy and cannot do it now. We have requested Milk for the baby, even that request was not done. We roamed in the streets of Thekkady at night 3:30 am in search of any shop to buy milk. Such a stupid service they have.
Also while checking the customer, without crosscheck who is the right person, they simply call us and tell you hadn't paid money and pay it immediately. This embarrass us in front of the other people even though we paid full money before 2 months. finally they realize the mistake.

Overall - Stupid service and unfriendly. Especially avoid this hotel for Family vacation.

Room Tip: Better avoid booking this hotel
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank PrabhuChinnappan
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We booked a wild view room at this hotel on October 20 of 2012.we actually couldn't stay here for long because of onward plans but we liked the day of our stay.i think the view from the balcony is a very plus point for these guys..its very good.all u can see from the balcony is green green green.....which is cool.the restaurant is ok.not great.i hope there will be some variety in items for vegetarians....most of the menu is non veg.i think the service can be improved..

Conclusion:you can book this hotel if u r interested at watching the green......on a scale of 10,I would give this hotel 8........

Room Tip: Wild view.....
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Bharan
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Overall - The experience was average, not worth the money spent. All facilities were there, but the ambience of the hotel failed to impress us.

Goods - Good view from the balcony(was able to see wild boar n some birds)

Bads - No bathtubs. The furniture was not blending with the rooms beauty. Food was below avg.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
5  Thank VINOD T R
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Additional Information about Rangerwood Nature Castle

Address: near Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #16 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range: $54 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
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Rangerwood Nature Castle Thekkady, Kerala

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