This hotel offers a unique experience in a remote setting, namely, a wildlife sanctuary. On the 15 minute boat ride to the isolated island setting we saw wild elephants, turtles, deer, boar, monkeys and a variety of birds. The hotel only has six rooms and the best is clearly the room on the north end which overlooks the lake. Regardless of which room you get, you can sit outside and watch the wildlife across the lake about 1000 yards away. My wife watched a herd of elephants all morning. However, I’m told the elephants may not show up for a month at a time so don’t count on seeing them.
The rooms are rather dark and most do not have a view from the window. But of-course this is not the place to come and spend in your room. Rooms do have verandas which are a comfortable spot to relax. Meals are included with the room but there is no choice in food selection – they simply bring food to your table after you sit down. Service is attentive and, if you wish, they will bring the food to your veranda.
For jungle walks you will have to take the boat back to the main park entrance. There are no paths for walking around the hotel itself. The jungle walk will especially appeal to bird watchers – the only other wildlife I saw on our walk was monkeys. For the truly adventurous there are multi-day hikes deep into the reserve. This offers the possibility of seeing a wild tiger.
Both my wife and I found we needed almost a half day to ‘recover’ from the drive out to Thekkady. It’s a narrow windy road that takes 5 hours from Cochin, depending on your driver. If you get car sick easily I’d recommend taking a motion sickness tablet before you leave. This means you should plan on spending two nights at the hotel; one night is not sufficient given the travel time to get here.
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- Also Known As:
- Ktdc Lake Palace Thekkady Hotel Thekkady
- Hotel Lake Palace
- KTDC Lake Palace Thekkady Kerala