We rented a cottage in Jan 2015 for two nights. We felt it was a pretty decent place to stay. Located 4kms from Mananthavady, this place was easy to locate. We used Google maps to drive there. Cottages are surrounded by coffee plantations. There are other plants/trees in the mix(I saw pepper plant for the first time here). When we arrived, the person at reception spoke only Malayalam. Luckily we had one person in our group who knew Malayalam. Otherwise it would have been a problem. The next day there were two more people and one of them spoke some English. They were very helpful when it came to guiding us, help plan a outing and describing routes. In general people were friendly there and place felt safe. Major downside is lack of amenities for a place that calls itself a resort. Forget swimming pool, snooker/TT tables. There wasn't even a small restaurant or small play area for kids.