We, humans, are always seeking for some adventure and thrill in life and it only gets better if it takes place amidst the shadows and close proximity of nature. Humans have always co-existed with the animal kingdom and have yet retained the peace and harmony. However, with the growing nature of more factories and deforestation, these natural habitats where animals and humans co-existed came under threat. This led to the separation of the two from each other and the obvious loss of the natural habitat of the animal world.
It is through various sanctuaries and animal preservation resorts that the loss of natural habitat of these animals is being curbed. These sanctuaries and resorts are not just limited to animals but are extended for humans to live and co-exist with nature. An experience which has now become a dream and a mere luxury is no more the same but at everyone’s disposal. However, India has many wildlife resorts to offer which definitely don’t come with a burning hole in your pocket and offer the best of such experiences.
Best Jungle Resorts In India
Enjoy your stay in these best Wildlife Resorts in India during your visit to any wildlife sanctuary or national park.
1. Spice Village Periyar Sanctuary, Kerala
The Spice village is situated in the highland landscape gardens of Periyar in Thekkady and is primarily known for its wildlife reserve and is just a walk away from the pre-occupying cottages. The Spice village belong to the CGH group Earth group and is a tribal village modeled on the dwelling of the native man tribe of this region.
It is a work of nature in its purest of manifestations of imaginations that one could experience. Though it is predominantly traditional in its architecture yet it offers the comforts of a city home without diluting the traditional aspect. This serene resort is located just 10 km away from the Periyar Lake and approximately 200 km from the Cochin Airport and is set in 15 acres of spice garden at a height of about 3000 feet above the sea level.
2. Sunderban Mangrove Retreat
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The retreat is set tranquil surroundings of the Jamespore village in the Satjalia Island, at the edges of the lush mangrove forest of the Sunderbans in the southernmost edges of West Bengal. It is the ideal location for spotting the very famous Bengal tiger amidst the mangrove forest.
The rural surroundings along with the widespread Pichakali riverside is an absolute delight and perfect combo pack for a rejuvenating weekend getaway. The resort is located just 30 km away from the Sundarbans National Park and 80 km from the city of Kolkata and is famously known for its warm hospitality with a unique experience of the Sunderbans.
3. Kaziranga Resort, Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park is a world heritage site famous for its Indian one-horned Rhinoceros and the Nilgiri Bulls. Kaziranga park is situated 217 km from Guwahati and 96 km from Jorhat.
It is the oldest park in Assam and offers a beautifully magnificent landscape of Kaziranga, the forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes, and shallow pools.
It is known for its 35 wide variety of species. The resort is known to be set up in 2008 with its breathtaking architecture and serene beauty. It is a luxury resort which is just a small walk away from the Kaziranga National park. People who are new to the visits of National parks must visit this place as it would be a great start for them in the luxurious resort of Kaziranga. This resort offers separate cottages according to one’s preference along with its famous multi-cuisine restaurant as well as safari tours. The rooms of these cottages are known to be quite spacious and the best time to visit would be between November to May.
4. Dhikala Forest Lodge, Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand)
Jim Corbett National park is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve which is a project reserve that lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The landscape is well known for its richness in tiger. It was established in 1936 and has the prestigious status of being the oldest National park and spans over an area of 520 kms.
Corbett is also famous for bird watching and if you are one of them, then it is the place to be. The lodge is located in the bosom of the national park amidst the lush green forest that has a plethora of varieties of flora and fauna including 33 species of grass and bamboo.
The lodge is located approximately 30 kms away from Dhangadi gate of the Jim Corbett National park and 43 kms from Ram Nagar town. The lodge offers you a luxurious accommodation with excellent opportunities for sighting popular species like Barking deer, Sambhar, Royal Bengal tiger, Jackal and many more. (One must see the long list for themselves now)
5. Ranthambore Forest Resort, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Ranthambore is known to be the largest and most widely known national park in North India. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which approximately 130 kms from Jaipur. Ranthambore Forest Resort is a heritage style property which owes it royal architecture from the palaces of Rajasthan.
It spans over 5 acres of lush greenery and is in close proximity with the National park. The resort offers a unique view of the flora and fauna along with a backdrop of mountains surrounded by verdant greenery and spectacular scenic views.
6. Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan
The Bharatpur sanctuary which is famously known as the Bharatpur bird Sanctuary is known for its plethora of species of birds which are now endangered birds such as the Siberian crane that come here during the winter season. This sanctuary is known to be home for around 230 species of birds and is also a famous tourist site for the same reason.
The palace is said to be located close to the wildlife sanctuary on the main road of Fatehpur Sikri road and is welcomed for its view of the sanctuary next door (almost a kilometer away from the sanctuary). The resort has plenty of indoor as well as outdoor activities to unwind and relax.
7. Maneland Jungle Lodge, Gir, Gujrat
If you are someone who is looking to unwind from the city buzz on a small weekend then this lodge could turn out to be a paradise for you. The lodge is home to several heritage-style cottages with locally sourced and eco-friendly material. The resort is built around the natural wildlife to create a sense of community and co-habitation amongst the visitors of the Lodge. Famous for its aesthetically pleasing cottages amidst the perfect blend of wildlife and serenity. The majestic Asiatic Lions are the welcoming host here. This place is very well connected to the city and hence can be easily located.
8. Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Taj Mahu Kothi which was formerly known as Churhat Kothi is situated within the periphery of Bandhavgarh National park and is just a 20 mins drive away and is synonymous with those who settle for nothing less than the best. It is the epitome of luxury and spans in a land of about 40 acres of land and is among the first venture of Taj Safari Lodge.
It has 12 beautifully decorated cottages known as kutiyas with all the modern facilities at your disposal. Bandhavgarh is a place rich with a lot of historical importance and has a great population of tigers and hence is also known to be a tiger reserve.
9. Tree House Hideaway Resort, Bandhavgarh
This resort is the ideal space for couples who have kids or someone who wants an easy window to revisit childhood. It spans 21 acres of land with the option of experiencing the snug life inside the rooms or venturing out to look for the Tigers.
It is very well connected by all routes and the experience of living in a tree house is one of its kind. It is situated in central Madhya Pradesh and is just 240 kms away from the Khajuraho airport. It is the blend of nature and local architecture. All this makes this resort a best jungle resort.
10. Kanha Earth Lodge
Perfect retreat for a long weekend amidst the sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha which is known to also have provided inspiration to the famous novel of Rudyard Kipling “The Jungle Book”. The Lodge is spanned to spread across 16 acres of land connecting the Kanha National park tucked away in a small tribal hamlet bordering the park. It offers 12 open-front luxury bungalows with all the luxuries.
All the cottages in the lodge are inspired by the traditional Gond architecture which incorporates the use of local materials such as the mud plaster, stone, terracotta tiles, timber and furniture made from recycled and waste woods.
The Kanha tiger reserve is spread about over an area of 1,949 sq kms making it one of the best habitats for tigers inhibit. Its landscape is also known for the dense groves of vegetation and hillocks and has been successful in the preservation of Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha which have fallen into the category of nearly extinct animals and now amounts for about 400 of them.
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These are the best wildlife resorts in India to stay during a visit to any wildlife sanctuary. You can enjoy your stay here, away from city noise and pollution and can also enjoy nature.