Elephant Court Thekkady is an understated and best hospitality experience for families and honeymoon seekers who are planning to visit Thekkady in Kerala.
The resort has a architecture of impassive, miniature elephants in the entrance and you get a traditional welcome with sari clad hostesses greeting guests with jasmine garlands. The extensive use of teak all around keeps the spaces cool and one’s senses are calmed by the connection with nature that wood provides. Subtle definitions of space provide a serene, yet dynamic environment. The Elephant Court Thekkady is a distinctive and exclusive hotel, which promises you a memorable stay. Stretching on a traverse of four acres, this hotel is situated 152 kms from Cochin International Airport, 108 kms from Kottayam Railway Station and 0.5 km from the Kumily Bus Stand. Mangala Devi Temple, Kumily and Murikkady are some proximate tourist spots you can stop by. The Elephant Court lets you cavort towards Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Chellarkovil and Backwaters of the Mullaperiyar dam in your spare time. The Elephant Court is a contemporary hotel with lavish and opulence of nature hemmed in. The resort has a remote Ayurveda centre managed by qualified Ayurveda doctors, ensuring you get the best in bodily treatments on your stay. The Elephant Court also features a swimming pool with Jacuzzi where you can relax and a library lounge for those who like to kick their feet up and invest their time in great literature. The Elephant Court also offers rooftop facilities which can take your mind off your tiring city life.
Everything at “The Elephant Court”, Thekkady, comes in “elephantine” proportions, be it the food, hospitality or the size of the rooms.The hotel is situated on four acres, over a landscaped hillock. The architecture establishes the cultural identity of the property and is a marriage of traditional design and responses to contemporary demands. It explores the relationship between the environment and individuals.
One of the best 5 star Hotels in Thekkady also offers elephant trials, where guests are taken along trails into the depths of the forest where you will be accompanies in safari by mahouts and other elephant trainers. Elephant trials is an intimate experience with nature where there are no automobiles, only the sounds of nature emerging from a profound silence
Dubbed the “largest luxury resort”, and set in one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries, the hotel spreads over four acres of a beautifully landscaped hillock. The first venture of Vijaya Hospitality & Resorts , the hotel’s 65 rooms reflect the palatial luxury of the Maharajas of Travancore, Cochin and Calicut.
The architecture is a fusion of traditional design and contemporary sensibilities. Swathed in earthy hues of brown and green, an attractive feature of the property is the “charupady”, in traditional Kerala style. This extended, carved wooden bench runs around every private and public space in the resort.
Miniature elephants, over-sized frogs, tortoises and crocodiles set amid tall cotton and jackfruit trees, bright morning glory, green grassy mounds and tall buffalo grass make for a visual treat.
Right from the main entrance to the rooms, every inch of space has been thoughtfully and aesthetically done up. The hotel offers six types of rooms. The rooms with patios have comfortable twin beds. The exquisite detailing of the interiors, especially the table lamps made of handmade paper patterned with footprints of wildlife, creates a feel of the outdoors.
The Executive Enclaves are distinctive spaces within spaces with separate work and living areas equipped with state-of-the-art communication facilities for corporate travellers.
Equipped with a Jacuzzi, the Garden Suite has a secluded, well-manicured lawn complete with pebbled paths, a bench and a fish pond. The Honeymoon Suite is an intimate space with a glass wall that separates the bedroom and the Jacuzzi. Then there is the pool studio which offers a rare experience – there’s a private pool in the living room that has glass tiles that allow sunlight to filter through. Step out of the pool, and all one has to do is slide the glass doors to enter a huge bedroom. The stylish and modern bathroom that’s attached is spacious too.
The exclusive Family Enclave has big and small rooms offering enough space for people of all age groups to spend time together or in privacy. You can enjoy the food as well as the ambience at the elevated dining hall. Open on all sides and surrounded by the charupady and greenery, it overlooks the swimming pool on one side and the reception lobby on the other.
While Kerala cuisine is a highlight here, the restaurant offers delightful multi-cuisine gourmet meals.