Ambika Group of Hospitality Services, Thekkady
Confining within the proximities of Thekkady and Munnar, Ambika group of hospitality was established under the patronage of Late Smt. Ambika Damodaran and is currently managed by her four sons and their families. The entire group holding is a prominent representation of the unity among the four brothers and their families.
Founded in the year 1965, by Late Mr. KK Damodaran, Ambika Hospitality group had a very modest transition from a meager Tourist Home to very successful group consisting of resorts and Ayurvedic rejuvenation centers. In the late sixties, when tourism was yet an unborn industry, Ambika Tourist Home at Thekkady was the only lodging facility available in the region. Progress was slow,but steady with new shops being opened at Thekkady for sale of original aromatic spices, ethnic handicrafts, tribal products, antiques and souvenirs. This attracted plenty of travelers and tourists during the late eighties when tourism industry was slowly blooming.
Ardent Hospitality and unmatched dedication was a quality imbibed right from the beginning of their services offered in late sixties. This, added with the recognition of eventual growth in tourism, led to an innovative concept of establishing new Resorts in Thekkady. This concept became a reality in 2008 when the first resort of Ambika group “Rangerwood Nature Castle” was launched. The name “Rangerwood” was set as a tribute to Late Mr. Wood, the first ever range officer of Periyar Tiger reserve, who was affectionately called Mr.Rangerwood by all.
A premium quality resort with all kinds of modern facilities and hugely spacious rooms make Rangerwood Nature Castle an instant click among tourists and travelers due to its proximity to Wildlife parks and sanctuaries of Periyar. Imagine your room balconies and windows opening into the wilderness of thick and dense forests with occasional sneaks and peaks of wild animals at a safe distance, this is what makes rooms at Rangerwood nature castle unique. While relaxing in your rooms you get to witness some of the very rare species of Malabar wild squirrels, varieties of deer, bison, black monkeys and many more species of animals. Rangerwood balconies are an ornithologist’s haven because, such is the variety of birds that fly about the region of Periyar tiger reserve. Magnificent pictures of wildlife and nature can be photographed easily while you are relaxing at your rooms.. All these, coupled with 24/7 hospitality service and delicious varieties of multiple cuisines make Rangerwood any traveler’s favorite choice at Thekkady.
As an expansion to Rangerwood nature castle, with an intention of creating an exemplified wildlife experience Ambika hospitality group had unveiled the “Rangerwood Machans” - Jungle Tree house within very close proximity of Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This enterprise was launched in 2013 with its entire interior and exterior structure and design made to look and feel realistic as in wildlife. It houses the most modern facilities at par with star rated resorts and hotels but in raw wooden antique finish. The balconies and room windows of the Jungle Tree House offers a wonderful picturesque panoramic view of many wild animals and numerous rare species of birds. It is a true delight to a wildlife traveler. Jeep safaris, wildlife photography, trekking, sightseeing, etc. are a few activities from among the most sought after pastime activities of Rangerwood Machan guests.
In the meantime there was a tremendous progress in the Tourist demand for Ethnic Ayurveda and Panchkarma treatments during the early nineties. Recognizing its viability at Thekkady, Ambika group initiated the “Ayur Thejus”, a massage and healing therapy center in 1993. This was first set up independently, but later on integrated as an annexure to Rangerwood nature castle, as a facility available to both resort guests and outsiders. All kinds of Ayurveda rejuvenation treatments are provided to the guests by medically certified massage professionals. A wide range of Panchakarma and Ayurveda therapies are performed using genuine Ayurveda medications and oils. These Ayurveda & rejuvenation centers acquired additional authenticity much due to the fact that it was solely a family holding and was managed by the wives of the four brothers and other family members. Shortly after its huge success, a similar branch is opened at Devikulam, as a part of Ambika Hospitality group expansion at Munnar.