Karnataka, the south Indian state is well-known for its rich history, stunning hill towns, scenic beaches, dense forests, glistening rivers, and dense coffee plantations. Also, the state has been blessed with exotic wildlife in its dense forests which makes the state one of the prime places to visit in India for wildlife buffs all through the year. If you are one of them and want to explore a wide variety of flora and fauna in the magnificent forests of Karnataka, nothing is better than staying at Jungle Lodges Resorts by JLR. From private sundecks to open-air Jacuzzis & courtyards, these jungle lodges offer a comfortable stay for couples, families, and friends. If you want to reconnect with nature as part of Karnataka tour packages, then check our list of some of the best jungle lodges & resorts in Karnataka.
Bandipur Safari Lodge
Once the private hunting grounds of the royals of Mysore, Bandipur is unapologetically wild terrain nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris in Karnataka. Bandipur is one of the 30 Tiger Reserves in India and also one of the last refuges of the endangered Asiatic wild elephants. Within the fringes of the sanctuary lies the Bandipur Safari Lodge. The Lodge is one of the few best wildlife resorts in India that allows a visitor to explore the wilderness with a sensitive and curious attitude. Built-in contemporary architectural style with all the modern comforts, the lodge has only 22 rooms. The highlights of your stay at Bandipur Safari Lodge are the Jungle Safari in open-top jeeps, nature walks, bird-watching, and wildlife photography in these unspoilt environs. Bandipur can be visited as part of Mysore tour packages.
Book Here : Bandipur Tour Packages
Kabini River Lodge, Nagarhole
Named after the Kabini River, the Kabini River Lodge is located on the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park. A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Nagarhole is one of the most visited national parks in India, and among the best places to visit in Karnataka. The 54 acres of property on the bank of the Kabini River is a perfect getaway for nature lovers. Rated as one of the Top 5 Wildlife Resorts in the World by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide, this former hunting lodge of Mysore rulers speaks of erstwhile elegance and comes with all modern amenities. The resort also offers ayurvedic treatments for those who seek rejuvenation in the truest sense. The jeep safari or even a boat ride down the River Kabini rewards you with sightings of herds of elephants, crocodiles, and many birds. For the most adventurous hearts, the resort offers trekking, river rafting, coracle rides, and much more. It can be visited as part of the Coorg Tour Packages.
Book Here : Nagarhole Tour Packages
River Tern Lodge, Chikmagalur
Set up in the lap of the Western Ghats, River Tern Lodge is a serene wildlife resort located on the edge of Bhadra reservoir near Lakkavalli, a stone’s throw away from the northern boundary of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve in the Chikmaglur district of Karnataka. An ideal place to get closer to nature, the lodge gets its name from the nearby island that attracts hundreds of river terns during the breeding season. The resort has 10 log huts and 14 cottages with its balcony overlooking the glittering water of the Bhadra Reservoir. Witnessing the magnificent sunset over the waterbed of Bhadra while sipping a cup of coffee sitting on this open-air balcony is a memorable experience one can get as part of the Chikmagalur tour packages. A jeep safari to Bhadra Tiger Reserve in the vicinity is an excellent opportunity for tourists to see the magic of wildlife. Besides, the camp has facilities for kayaking, swimming kayaking, and boating.
Also Visit : Best Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka
Kali Adventure Camp, Dandeli
Kali Adventure Camp is located on the bank of the ever-enchanting river Kaveri in Dandeli, among the most scenic places to visit near Bangalore. The camp is a heaven for nature as well as adventure lovers. The resort has 4 Special Rooms, 11 rooms, 7 river view tents, 4 tented cottages, and 12 bedded dormitory. The camp specializes in adventure activities and arranging white water rafting is their forte, among the top things to do in Dandeli. Kayaking, Coracle Ride, Bird Watching, Nature Walk, Wild Safari, Sightseeing activities, etc. are some of the other activities the camp offers for guests. One can spot spotted Deer, gaur, sloth bear, barking deer, hornbills, yellow-footed pigeon, peafowl, and the crested serpent eagle during the safari.
Book Here : Dandeli Tour Packages
K Gudi Wilderness Camp, BR Hills
K Gudi Wilderness Camp is another popular jungle camp located in Biligiri Rangana Hills, a hill range that’s stood sentinel since time immemorial, being where the Western Ghats meets the Eastern Ghats. The camp gains high importance among wildlife enthusiasts for its rich surroundings of flora and fauna of B.R.T. Wildlife Sanctuary, among the top places to visit near Mysore. To meet the requirements of all classes of travellers, the resort lets you choose your pick from log huts, tented cottages, and family rooms. The camp offers jeep rides into BRT Sanctuary where guests will have the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife such as elephants, gaurs, tigers, and leopards that call the hills their home. For those wishing to go by foot, the camp organizes treks within the sanctuary where they can engage in bird-watching and admire the wild landscape around them.
Must Visit : Wildlife Sanctuaries near Mysore
Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg
Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training center situated on the banks of the river Cauvery in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. As the name suggests, it was built for elephants by the forest department and jungle lodges & resorts to train and look after these majestic creatures. Among the most famous places to visit in Coorg, the camp is the training ground for elephants used for Mysore Dussehra. The trainers explain the various aspects of elephant history, ecology, and biology. The camp offers accommodation in the form of Forest View Cottage, & River View Cottage. Besides, visitors can also participate in various activities involving elephants like feeding the elephants with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana, and coconuts.
Book Here : Coorg Tour Packages
Sharavathi Adventure Camp, Jog Falls
Tucked snugly on the slopes of a hillock skirting the Talakalale Reservoir, Sharavathi Adventure Camp combines the grandeur of the plush Sahyadris with a dash of adventure. It is located just 6 km from Jog Falls, among the tallest waterfalls in India. The camp is home to 20 commodious cottages equipped with all modern amenities. The camp offers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the charming interplay between sparkling sunlight and peaceful water. The camp offers aquatic adventures like coracle rides, kayaking, and fishing. One can also go for birdwatching as the resort and the surrounding islands attract a wide variety of winged visitors that includes Kingfishers, Indian peafowl, Hoopoes, Hornbills, Pond herons, Grey-headed bulbuls, and Cormorants. Several varieties of butterflies and mammals like the Black-naped hare, Common langurs, and Malabar giant squirrels can also be found here due to close proximity of Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, among the top places to visit in Jog Falls.
Book Here : Jog Falls Tour Packages
JLR Kings Sanctuary
Located on the northern fringe of the Nagarhole National Park, JLR Kings Sanctuary is a haven for nature lovers and pleasure-seekers alike. Awe-inspiring creatures like Asiatic elephants, majestic tigers, leopards, reptiles, and birds are a common sight in this region. Set amid 40 acres of mango orchards, and various other Indian and exotic fruit-bearing plants and trees, this resort has 24 air-conditioned luxury suites and cottages with imported handmade furniture from Thailand and Indonesia, a swimming pool, and a conference hall. The resort also provides a wide range of activities for both adults as well as children, including jungle safaris into the Nagarhole National Park accompanied by naturalists, making the Kings Sanctuary an ideal resort for the serious wildlife enthusiast or leisure travelers looking for luxury in an unspoilt natural environment. It is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.
Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort
With a renowned World Heritage Site as a backdrop, the Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort, operated by Jungle Lodges and Resorts, is a unique and eco-friendly resort located at the edge of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, among the top places to visit in Hampi. The resort is located in a large area in the middle of a forest, with secluded cottages & tents, an on-site restaurant, and multiple bicycle trails. The cottages are constructed using traditional materials such as stone and thatch, and feature large windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The tents are spacious, and provide a unique camping experience amid the ancient ruins of Hampi, among the top places to visit near Hyderabad. This craggy red terrain, located on the outskirts of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, is the natural habitat for the regal sloth bears. One can also see wild-naped hares, pangolins, porcupines, jackals, and leopards from the resort’s watchtower perched atop a hillock. The resort also offers a variety of activities such as guided tours of the ancient city of Hampi, safari in the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, bird watching, and nature walks. The property even arranges for a wildlife film show at the conference hall, while basking in the warmth of the campfire, followed by a delicious dinner at the Gol Ghar.
Book Here : Hampi Tour Packages
Devbagh Beach Resort
Devbagh Beach Resort is situated on a peninsula in the Kali River amidst a casuarina grove facing a shallow and private beach. Among the top places to visit in Karwar, the resort has a nice, relaxed vibe with a beachy theme. There are 8 log cabins on stilts, 6 tents, and 4 cottages equipped with all necessary amenities. Every room has a hammock that allows tourists to rest and relax, and there are bonfires every night to soak in the essence of the forest along with the serene sound of the sea. There is also a private beach, an Ayurvedic spa, and a BBQ area. While staying here, guests can build sand castles, collect colorful seashells, chase crabs in the sands, go on dolphin-watching tours, and wade into the sea. For the adventurous, Devbagh offers a host of exciting water sports, parasailing, snorkeling, speed boat cruises, banana boat rides, water scooter, and kayaking that are available for a charge. Bordering the Resort is a cluster of mangroves which is an excellent spot for bird watching. One can also frequently hear and spot a pack of jackals prowling and hunting crabs on the beach at night. Karwar is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai.
Book Here : Karwar Tour Packages
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