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The Hornbill Camp

Set amidst a coconut grove on the banks of the Periyar River, the Hornbill Camp consists of cottage tents built on raised platforms. The camp overlooks the lowland forests of the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad in Kerala. Developed in harmony with the surrounding nature and local community, this eco-adventure lodge provides unique adventure travel experiences for the visitors thronging this area. This is Kerala’s first camp with a touch of luxury. There is no better place to go birding, kayaking on the Periyar river or cycling through the spice growing villages of Kerala.  The staff at the camp are members of the local community and earn an income from the running of the camp. We source all our requirements from the local village. Hence your stay here goes a long way to ensuring that the local communities gain directly from tourism. 

The Hornbill Camp is constructed using local materials, local labour, managed by local community members & their livelihood comes directly from the proceeds of the camp. The food is sourced locally and the villagers including the local drivers of tuk-tuks and taxis get a chance to make a decent living from the camp. Hence seeing this camp as just another hotel is missing the point. The ambience & the experience, the dedicated service of the camp staff & the great ethnic food will more than make up for the loss of creature comforts of a hotel or a conventional resort. If by any chance you are indeed looking for a conventional hotel with aircon, standard hotel amenities & services, the Hornbill camp is probably not the right place. 
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  • A kayaking trip amidst this great swathes of forests is an ideal sport for adventurous tourists
  • Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is one of the richest bird habitat in peninsular India.
  • Hornbill Camp is ideally suited for cycling journeys to the gentle mountain slopes and the forest
  • The quiet and beautiful countryside is ideal for walkers to discover Kerala
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  • Transfer

    The Hornbill Camp at Thattekkad is 65 km North-east of Kochi.

    The nearest railway station is Aluva at a distance of 45 km.

    Kochi International Airport is 45 Kms away

  • Accommodation

    The Hornbill Camp has well appointed Cottage Tents amidst a coconut grove on the banks of the Periyar river. The tents are spacious and are set up taking into account a level of rustic luxury as well as  modern living standards. En-suite toilet & insect proofing are some of the innovations of the tents at Hornbill camp. Each  cottage tent has its own private bathroom and an exclusive sit-out, most of them overlooking the river and the lowland forests on the opposite bank. Limited time air conditioning is available in tents as an optional amenity.

  • Restaurant

    Local food wiil be served


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