Guest Speak

I’ve had the most wonderful stay at this truly magical place and hope to be back for more. Luigi, Eldhose, Elias and Lissy have been outstanding with their warm hospitality and just fantastic food. There isn’t a whim they won’t oblige. The lodge, the river, the beautiful birds, the swimming cows, the lovely local folk all make for a great experience. Enjoyed birding, bamboo rafting, country boating, swimming in the river and just vegging out on the trees or in the verandah. This has been a very special gift! I cannot thank you enough. A big hug to team Periyar River Lodge. Tina Patrao, India

This is a very special place. The evening boat trips were very relaxing and we were able to see sea eagles, kingfisher and the largest squirrel in India. The staff were very attentive and very kind and Luigi helped us a lot on planning our forward trip. Thank you also for the delicious food. If we can catch one, we will send Luigi a Puffin from England. Thank you, Brian David and Lynne, United Kingdom

Came to Periyar Lodge for just two nights but left feeling as though we’d been on our own island for weeks - so remote from modern life - a great luxury ! Managed boat trips, canoe, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Scrabble, village walk and to learn so much from Luigi & Lissy’s cooking. Eldhose navigating Periyar on the country boat really is something very special ! Huge thank you ! Sheen & Yvonne, United Kingdom

Fantastic location, brilliant ambience ! Very nice food. The best hospitality and friendly staff I have seen. Will definitely be back again. Balajee S, Bangalore

The comments from other visitors over the last month say it all ! spectacular scenery, outstanding food, friendly, welcoming and thoughtful care from Luigi, Eldhose and Lissy. The bird trip at 6 am was superb. Hornbill, owl, and a frogmouth nesting. The boat ride was a wonderful way to start our stay here. An oasis of tranquility. Thank you, Mr & Mrs Hebden, United Kingdom

This is our third stay at Periyar River Lodge. This time we booked for four days but managed to stay for six. Thank you Luigi, Eldhose, Elias and of course Lissy. You all looked after us so well. We will try to improve our Scrabble and Carrom before we come again. Best wishes to you. Judith and John Whitworth, United Kingdom

We have had the most marvellous three days. The hospitality has been wonderful, Luigi, Eldhose & Lissy have made this a very special week. We have enjoyed all the activities –swimming in the river, early morning canoe trip +the village walk. Our lucky highlight was the evening boat ride when Luigi found a Malabar Hornbill + a family of monkeys to show us. Also just sitting on the verandah & observing the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Robert and Sally, United Kingdom

Spectacular ambience, lovely hospitality, great job by Luigi, Eldhose and their staff. Birding was simply brilliant and the canoe ride up the river is an unforgettable experience. Spending only two days here is a shame. We’ll be back for more. Great place, great hospitality and a great place to stay. Good birding experience. Food was very nice and traditional will be back again. Badri Krishnan, India

A Glorious stay in this wonderful place ! The welcome, the lodge, the location and wildlife surpasses all expectation. The food was absolutely outstanding ! Thank you so much Luigi, Eldhose and Lissy for making our stay so very memorable. We hope to be back ! Adrian and Carol, United Kingdom

A most amazing place ! We were feeling tired from travelling in the heat. So to be here, & to be so well looked after was wonderful ! We’ve never experienced anything quite like it & I want my friends & family to experience it too (we’ll tell them) A magical boat ride, a private bamboo raft adventure, games on the swinging seat under the orange light, the magnificent swimming in the river surrounded by breathtaking scenery, a brilliantly arranged trip to Munnar and just being here. We needed to stay MORE than three nights! Next time… THANK YOU !! Caroline and Jonathan, United Kingdom

This is a very beautiful and rare place. On the river bank, in the early morning there is something primarial, primitive, “as it was in the beginning” about it. The great sweep of the river, the forest clothed in mist the birds slowly emerging (This morning I saw fish eagle a stock billed kingfisher, the laughing hornbills among many others)…. And the wonderful all-encompassing silence …..all this offers an invitation to become more quiet, more still and more attentive than is normally possible compared to the noise and Chaos of the city. We are grateful for finding this small intimate retreat house by this beautiful river. And we are grateful for the care and very attentive kindness of Luigi, and the excellent food provided by Eldhose and his wife. It is a bird watchers dream house. Thank you for creating it, and keeping it simple. We hope to return. Patrick Woodhouse and Susan, United Kingdom

Thanks a lot for a wonderful stay. Nothing could have been better. Three relaxing days with canoeing, swimming, walking, bird watching and not to forget sitting by the campfire celebrating New Year. Hope to be back and to bring the family then. Stefan and Aase Maria, Sweden

What an exceptional and lucky discovery on the internet. This is just an amazing, relaxing and peaceful place with outstanding family hospitality from Luigi, Eldhose and his wife’s fabulous cooking. Luigi was a wonderful guide full of information about the birds, plants and vegetables both on our (3) fabulous river rides and his guided walk in the forest. Will recommend Periyar River Lodge to everyone on trip advisor. Paradise on earth what more can be said ! Thank you Luigi and staff for being so attentive and knowledgeable. Raymond Heaton and Anna Powell, United Kingdom

Periyar River Lodge is the best approximation to Paradise on earth, in terms of environment, hospitality and the wealth of wildlife. Luigi and Eldhose are wonderful guide and help you feel at home when you are so far from it. Bird watching with such competent and generous hosts has been a unique Christmas experience. Only looking forward to being back ! Its in this place so peaceful that I’ve had the best Christmas. All was excellent, the view, the birds, the fantastic cooking. I hope to return here as soon as possible but at least I’ll be happy with the memories. Thank you so much. Piere and Sandra, France

This is the best resort ever. Thank you for taking good care of us !!!. We very much enjoyed our stay here. This place is beautiful, well situated and well maintained. Luigi and his staff are excellent. Their hospitality is amazing. It is a home away from home. This will indeed be a very special place for us. It was just like visiting family ! We really felt at “home” and thank you very much for that. Very few places give the best of food, stay, activities and hospitality. Periyar River Lodge is one of the rarest ! Thank you, once again. We are definitely recommending it to our friends and relatives ! And we look forward to coming back again ! Thank you! Thank you ! Narayan and family, Chennai

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