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Conny, Judith, Fiona and Alec were here from England and found everything about staying here absolutely wonderful. We have never been so royally looked after, eaten such delectable meals, taken to such interesting and varied places down the rivers at dawn, to the forest, the bird sanctuary where in total we think we have seen about 30 birds including 2 or 3 rare ones. On a bus to a distant village and back to Aanakkayam to buy trainers & sandals & to a grocers for rice, mustard seed and pappadoms. We’ve had three dramatic thunder storms which haven’t spoiled things at all and though the rain seemed torrential to us were assured that it’s nothing compared to the monsoon. Perhaps the most memorable thing was the first walk Luigi took us on where we chanced upon an engagement party and were included in the celebration. Everyone we have met has been so delightful but Major thanks must go to Eldhose and Lissy whose food is beyond brilliant. Elias (and Eldhose again) who took us down the river and of course to Luigi who anticipated and catered to our every need and was the source of our great pleasure over the last few days. We also swam in the river which we can recommend. Many, many thanks, Judith, Conny, Fiona and Alec Johnson, United Kingdom

We had two wonderful days and nights in this beautiful house with very nice people. The nature around is very interesting. Thank you, Alain Claude and Willy Benjamin, France

About halfway through a vacation in Kerala, we were fortunate enough to have booked a short 2 nights stay here from the start, we knew we had found a special place. Luigi & Edhose made us feel so welcome, and such attention to detail made us feel that we had booked into a Taj Hotel ! Best of all was the food - We really enjoyed Kerala cuisine, but the food here was better than any other place we stayed. The only problem was that we could not finish the huge portions that were served. The overall tranquility here was also special. The perfect place to get away from it all. No TV, No Internet, just peace and quiet. We have to come back and stay longer. Thanks Luigi, Eldhose & his wife. John and Sue, USA

Brilliant & wonderful they could not do enough at this lodge, they took us out and made us feel like real explorers not tourist. So much wild life and beautiful birds and wonderful food. R.Y., England

Had an absolute fantastic time, the hosts were fabulous, as they took us out on boat trips, seeing the rare wild elephants, the birds and walking us through the village, we felt at home and we were made to feel comfortable. Would want to come back. Thank you again Luigi & Eldhose. I am sad to leave.Thanks again. Marian Tinley, United Kingdom

The Lodge itself is a romantic gateway for two, or a temporary home for a family while exploring Periyar. Birds abound - Kingfishers, Hornbills… nice ! Canoe ride a must! The Kerala cuisine was a highlight. Views of the Periyar river + local people using the river was wonderful. Luigi looked after our every comfort. A very gracious person. We hope to be back! Thanks for everything. Dona & Dong Thompson, Canada

Thank you so much for everything. We had the most wonderful time on every day of the trip. Food was fabulous, service was extraordinary, and wonderful care and attention from Luigi and his staff. Everyone was so consistently attentive and we enjoyed every moment of this extraordinary Homestay!! Susan Bennett & Katherine Waterford, Australia

What a lovely peaceful and spectacular setting. We were made so welcome by Luigy and his staff. We loved the food and our room left nothing to be desired. The highlight was the evening boat trip when we saw turtles, a very rare eagle, monkeys and evidence of the presence of Wild Elephants. Thank you!! John & Judith Whitworth, England

Lovely place, lovely people, lovely food, lovely country. We felt totally at home. Thanks to the caring and the kindness of Luige and Eldhose and their family. Besides, we really enjoyed every activity and possibility to swim in the clear water of river. A dream like place and stay. We will recommend it to our friends. Thank you all. Gills & Bleuche, France

Had the most pleasant and serene New Year eve here. Excellent homely food, pleasant and supportive staff and above all the beauty of the place was heart-warming. Truly, an experience to cherish. Lakshmi, .

No words could express this tranquil place. Had a very good time here. Ajith Shenoy, .

Lovely house. Very relaxing. Service was excellent. Not used to such pampering. Pleasant, lovely place, friendly atmosphere. Thanks. Shenoy, Mandira Dutta, .

Comfort is a feeling of contention when you have what you really need and luxury is what you get more than what you really need. Simply and plainly, I was luxuriously comfortable here. Thank you. Anuj Nair, Special Correspondent, Hindustan Times

About half way through a month long vacation in Kerala, we were fortunate enough to have booked a short 2 night stay here. From the start, we knew we had found a special place. Luige and Eldhose made us feel so welcome, and such attention to detail made us feel that we are booked into a Taj Hotel. Best of all was the food. We really enjoyed Keralan Cuisine. But the food was better than any other place we stayed. The problem was we could not finish the huge portions that were served. The overall tranquillity here was also special. The perfect place to get away from it all, No TV, No internet, just free and quiet. We have to come back and stay longer. John & Susan Sutherland, .

Had an absolute fantastic time, the hosts were fabulous, as they took us out on boat trips, seeing rare wild Elephants, the birds and walking us through the village. We felt at home and we were made to feel comfortable. Would want to come back. I am sad to leave. Marian Tinley, UK

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