Hotel Ambadi - A 46 room theme resort situated at the Periyar Tiger Reserves, is one of the first private sector resorts in Kerala. Designed by the world renowned architect Mr. Lauwrie Baker, the hotel was conceptualized on the traditional architectural splendor of a typical Kerala village, complete with a Thulasi Thara and Nallukettu. "Ambadi" as the name denotes is the birth place of Lord Krishna, the mythical god in the great epic of India - The Mahabharatha. The life of lord Krishna, the history, the myth, is the core theme of this resort. The resort is replete with references to the life of Lord Krishna.
Ambadi offers 46 well appointed rooms, under three different categories. The hotel has 24 independent cottages constructed in traditional Kerala ambience
: Hotel Ambadi, a part of the BIPHA GROUP, is a professionally managed company with an active presence, spanning seven decades, in a vast cross-section of industries. The Group, founded by Mr. K. Pappy Vaidyan, a gifted physician and Ayurvedic practioner, has interests in the health care, plantation, and information technology sectors in the state. The Bipha group had its foundations laid in 1929. The flag ship BIPHA DRUG LABORATORIES was founded as a small pharmacy to cater to the health care needs of local populace. Today, the company has grown to become a multi-product, multi-location health care company with an extensive presence in the domestic and international markets. The group made its foray into the hospitality sector with the opening of HOTEL AMBADI at Thekkady in 1982. It was the first private sector resort at Periyar and the first hotel in the state to introduce the concept of the Heritage hotel.
About Periyar
A haven for rare tropical flora & fauna , this wild-life Sanctuary, nestled in the high ranges of Kerala, offers an exotic holiday experience to the nature-lover. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary, one of India's biggest wild life sanctuaries, is a Tiger Reserve covering an area of 777 sq-km. It's centerpiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at a height of 2000 ft. covers an area of 26 sq. km. The best time to visit Periyar is between October and May. The hot months of March, April and May are the best times to sight wild animals. Scarcity of water brings the animals , especially the herds of elephants, down to the Periyar lake to bath and frolic in the waters. Wildlife in the sanctuary include elephants, sambar deer, wild boar, Nilgri langur monkeys, bonnet and lion-tailed macaques, porcupine, the Gaur, mouse deer, bears, wild dogs, civets jackals, flying squirrels, mongoose, pangolin cobra and others.
Periyar Lake The most convenient way to view wildlife is to take a boat cruise on the lake, the only means of transport within the sanctuary. Boat cruises on the lake take two hours. The morning and evening boat rides usually provide the best chance of viewing animals before they retreat into the jungle.
The Flora: Periyar is a luxuriantly vegetated tract, 75% of which is covered with ever green and semi-evergreen forests. Moist deciduous forests, grasslands and to a small extent Eucalyptus Plantations make up the rest of the area. Sporadic patches of 'sholas', which are sub tropical mountain forests, occupy the crest and crevices of high altitude tracts, while clusters of bamboo occur along water logged areas.
Periyar is located at Thekkady, Idukki district. The Thekkady Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1993. It is located at 9deg 15min and 9deg 40min North latitude and 76deg 55min and 77deg 25min East longitude. At an altitude varying from 900m to 1800m sea level, the climate is pleasant with temperatures ranging from a maximum of 32deg Celsius to a minimum of 15deg Celsius. Forest Areas cover about 777 Sq. Km and Evergreen Forests extends up to 360 Sq. Km.
Periyar Wildlife Park is one of India's most enjoyable and intriguing national parks. It is certainly one of the country's largest and the best administered, and is the veritable home of the Indian elephant. In addition, it offers the most luxurious way of viewing animals in their natural environment - you just need to relax in the comfort of a motor launch and the panorama of the park unfolds as you glide across the placid waters of Periyar Lake.
Periyar offers the unique opportunity to observe and photograph wild elephants at close quarters and from the safety of a boat. Bookings can be made from the Kerala Forest Department counter at the Wildlife Information Centre near the boat landing.
A two-hour cruise up to Mullaperiyar Dam provides the best chance to see and photograph wild animals within the safety and comfort of a boat. An early morning or evening boat ride is recommended.
Mullaperiyar Dam is one of oldest dams in India. Built in 1895 across the Periyar river, it inundated the valleys, and gorges forming the large water spread of 26 sq. km.
For those of you with a penchant for sizzles or steaks, be advised to try our steamy, spicy sizzles. Treat your taste buds to our Kerala chicken curry and pepper fries. For for the more adventurous, we suggest trying our Kerala meal - you'll really have to get your fingers moving articulately to fill your tummy !
Adithi - our multi cuisine restaurant awaits you with a wide range of dishes from around the globe, ranging from Indian, Chinese, and Continental, to our local Kerala cuisine. Let our Chef take you through the gastronomic pleasures of Kerala. However, we must remind you that he's got a real fiery taste when it comes to spicing up your dish - make sure you leave word with him , as far as your preference for chilies are concerned !!!
Other Services
Elephant Ride: Enjoy an elephant ride to the forest interior. Elephant rides are organized at the Periyar Sanctuary by the Forest department.
Daily Trips: Daily sight seeing trips are arranged to the wildlife sanctuary and the Periyar lake. Trekking: Ambadi is located very close to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, and a short stroll will get you to the sanctuary in minutes. Visit cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, where you can have an inside view at the growing ,harvesting, processing stages of these products. A guide will accompany tourists on a trek which is of around 3 - hour duration.
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