Elephant Court

Periyar, India

Set in a lush, hilly landscape near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Elephant Court is a peaceful retreat for nature lovers, with its grounds full of birds, fruit trees, and the occasional troops of monkeys. It offers understated elegance with traditional Keralan architecture of teak paneling and open-air buildings with thatched roofs. The large, comfortable cottage-style rooms have private baths and verandas. The in-house spa offers Ayurvedic massages, and the dinner buffet has plenty of choice, including Kerala’s distinctive regional dishes.