The title tells the story really. Tholpetty is a pretty little village opposite the entrance to the Wayanad Wildlife Park. There are lots of places to stay here, but none so convenient for the Park. However, our host Vinu and his team make the difference and are the main reason you should stay here as opposed to anywhere else in Tholpetty. Keeping a low profile Pachyderm Palace ensures that you will enjoy a really peaceful stay despite being 50 mets from the entrance. Full board is an amazing blessing with wonderful Kerala dishes cooked by Vinu and the family. They really do make the difference... want somewhere to walk - ask Vinu, need a safari - ask Vinu, desperate for WiFi - Vinu will show you where. Thinking about a jeep - ask Vinu! We took a jeep tour to the temple and another to the waterfall with Dilip, Vinou's son, so convenient and so inexpensive. The homestay is clean and well decorated with beautiful and extensive gardens growing custard apples, limes and coffee, exotic birds flitting in and out and the occasional visit from Chittal deer visit and the obligatory monkey, of course. There are rooms on stilts (not that we had one) and it is so quiet at night you can sleep for ever! There is plenty of hot water a modern bathroom and spring mattresses what more could you ask for? Ask for Vinu... he made the difference for us!!