by TeganandNeil on May 26, 2013
Amazing setting compilmented by fantastic hospitality. We stayed in the riverside cabin and enjoyed every moment. The organic, homegrown food was exceptional as was the personalised service. Overall the staff couldn't be more accomadating or helpful. We hope to return soon. Highly recomended.
by jeeram_bgl on Feb 14, 2013
We have spent 2 nighs 3 days @ Elephant Valley on Feb 9 to 11, 2013. We stayed in Tree house and it made us to feel the nature in a very calm as well as adventures (some times). The way from reception to tree house is about 10 mins walk through out the natural sites.... You have to cross a wooden bridge or you have to cross a running stream to reach the tree house. When we were there, the water in the stream is very less, so it was easy for us to cross the stream... but on rainy seasons the water will be too high and forcefull it seems... because the water stream flows towards a falls, where you have to have trekking for 1 to 1.5 hrs to reach the falls.
All the different types of cottages like jasmine, tent house are close to reception area. Jasmine is good for travellers with family. Veninsula or hilltop is lilttle inside the forest and better you can stay with 2 family if you are staying in these cottages. Because, sometimes elephants or bisen will come and give some noises in the near by places...
If you are deciding to stay at tree house, You may get panic by hearing lot of animal sounds.. there are changes you wll be caught by monkeys or big black forest squirrels inside tree house, as there are lot of open holes we can see in tree house. there is no proper lock inside the tree house door... So if you are dare enought to face small animals, you can stay in tree house. On our stay, we were about to face forest squirrels.. thank god it did not come inside.. If going as couple, I wont suggest to take tree house... You may not have pleasent night ;)
Food is awesome enough... i saw some comments on the food; that is not really true to their heart... And ofcourse, there wont be any service to your cottage as they have to walk for 20 to 25 mins in forest.. if you need food, you have to walk towards the restaurant....
If you have luck, you can see different variety of birds and bisen..
Caution: You can see plenty of snakes crossing on your way if your stay is at tree house, veninsula and hill top. We saw arround 3 snakes on our way.... :)
Summary is, EV is really a very nice place to spend the holiday in a very calm and naturistic way. You definitely will enjoy the stay over there.
by vak1969 on Dec 31, 2012
We spent 3 nights at Elephant Valley last week. We loved it. We were 3 families - all with kids in the age group of 6 - 13. Whats great about the place
1. In the midst of nature nestled in a valley ( So rare to find in todays' commercial hill stations)
2. Peaceful & quiet - fresh air , lovely views
3. Large 100 acre property - lots of places to walk & see
4. A lovely stream that runs thru the property
5. Excellent service , decent homely food.
6. Rooms are rustic - Functional but do not expect luxury like a 5 star hotel
Few points to take care
1. Some rooms are very far away in the midst of the jungle - if you are scared ask for rooms near the reception
2. Tectona is the only room with 2 Bedrooms - perfect for a family of 4
For full details and pictures visit http://vak1969.com/2012/12/30/elephant-valley-kodai/
by vavasthi on Jan 13, 2013
I visited this place during 22-26 December, 2012. The place is easy to find once you are on Kodaikanal Ghat road, just turn towards Palani Ghat road and look for signage to locate the place. It is around 12-14 kms from Kodaikanal town.
We arrived 22nd decenber around 7pm, because we lost our way, we were late and the manager of the hotel called us to find out why we hadn't checked it and also took the dinner order. The food is decent and rates are reasonable. One could order the food and they made it to order, for example we ordered spiceless food and they delivered.
That was find on 22nd and 23rd, their christmas package kicked in on 24th as more guests arrived and all of a sudden they decided to go to a buffet model and the food quality deteriorated.
We booked the room that was on the other side of the river and basically those rooms get pretty much no service at all. It is a 15-20 mins walk to reach the reception and restaurant. The rooms on other side of the river are also not fenced so one night a group of cows with big bells in their neck kept on making noise whole night and we couldn't get any sleep at all.
The staff in the hotel is very good, always eager to help but one gets a feeling that they don't know how to really help. For example, there does not seem to be any standard on how the rooms should be cleaned. Our room had a mezzanine with a kids bed and it was full of dirt and insects.
The quality of water supplied to our room was also suspect, one day we could not take bath at all since the water was clearly yellow in color.
The place seems to have lot of promise if only run properly. We chose to go there because of our experience with the Dune in Pondicherry but this is not even a patch on Pondicherry.
All in all, a place with great potential, the staff is very nice but they are really ignorant on what to do, they go out of their way to help you with what ever you ask for.
by jamie0901 on Jan 27, 2013
We had been to this resort after getting fooled by the website. This resort could have been the excellent one if the management really pulls up its socks and spruces up the place.
1. This place is secluded but they have beautiful green cover and a true nature lover wouldnt miss it.
2. The cottages are very rustic and the furnitures have dust on them. The lights in the room are too dim. Also we had to change our rooms as we were allotted rooms across the waterfall. We had elders with us and it was not easy for them to walk nearly 1/2 km to reach the dining area.
3. Biggest disappointment was that this place has no Room Service. So its a pain to go to the dining hall even for morning tea/coffee. At night its very dark. So the staff has to escort you all them to save u from snakes :(
4. Its short staffed though they are very helpful. We owe a lot to their chef Anand and Swamy, who is the gardener/all in all guy who made our stay very pleasant. Anand was v gracious to cook meals according to our needs.
5. The rooms have no generators, so be prepared to light a candle.
6. The pathways to the cottages are not clean, very rustic and slippery with mud. Wish the management cleans it up.
Though it was far from what was projected, still we had some good moments . Their stable is beautiful and we had good time riding the horses in the morning. The gardener swamy took us around the vegetable garden where we could see how organic farming is done and it was indeed wonderful to see that these fruits and vegetables were used for cooking. There was a nature trek where we we went till the mountain escorted by Swamy. The walk towards a waterbody is picturesque and one gets too see many wonderful trees and flowers. Ofcourse the bonfire in the evening was wonderful !
On the whole elephant valley has good potential but not used to the fullest.
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