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Nikita Rudra Sep 26 2014

What are the best wildlife resorts in Karnataka?

Etti Bali Sep 26 2014
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Plan a wildlife vacation with this handy guide of the best wildlife resorts in Karnataka. Karnataka is home to a variety of flora and fauna, and supports 25% of elephant, and 15% of tiger population of India. Karnataka is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With these nature resorts, you are bound to have a memorable and comfortable stay in the wilderness!

Indian Roller (by wildxplorer)

Anshi National Park

Watch out for: Bonnet macaques, Indian bisons, Malabar giant squirrels, melanistic leopards, elephants, tigers, etc.

Tiger on prowl (by Paul Mannix)

Bison River Resort

Located on the banks of the River Kali, Bison River Resort is best suited to individual preferences and comfort.

Bison River Resort (from official website)

Nestled comfortably in the woods of Uttarakannada, the resort is part of an enchanting ecosystem. The rooms at the resort offer panoramic views of the River Kali. The resort is an ideal getaway from the busy, noisy city life.

River Kali (from official website)

Once there, begin your adventure with a jeep safari with the naturalists, deep into the jungles! You can go for white water rafting, kayaking and coracle rides. Indulge in nature walks, go fishing and explore the local culture in the form of tribal dances.

Spotted Deer (from official website)

Kali Wilderness Camp

Connect with nature in this sprawling bungalow on the banks of River Kali. The bungalow at Kali Wilderness Camp includes spacious rooms with attached bath, and indoor gaming areas. The resort several options to suit your preferred accommodation style.

Lush Retreat (from the official website)

The plush, tented accommodation at the camp combines the rustic side of nature with the comforts of a resort. Each tent has a private hammock and a camp-fire area that faces the majestic river. Evenings can be spent around bonfires, best enjoyed with drinks from the resort's well-stocked bar.

The camp is famous for white water rafting with highly experienced river guides. The camp also organizes adventure trips and safaris in and around the Dandeli Forest. You can explore the quieter side of the river with coracle rides, which is also a good way to spot birds.

Hornbill River Resort

A retreat in the unexplored jungles of northern Karnataka, Hornbill River Resort merges the tranquility of nature with world-class comforts. The resort is one of the best ways to explore Anshi National Park.You can choose to stay in one of the four accommodation options--cottage, tree house, rock house and tent house.

Hornbill River Resort (from official website)

The resort offers many adventure activities and nature treks. It is an ideal spot for bird watching, and a variety of exotic birds can be spotted, including the crimson backed small sunbird, dark fronted babbler, Malabar pied hornbill, and crested serpent eagle to name a few.

Malabar Pied Hornbill (by Koshyk)

Explore the wilderness with jungle safaris, adventure treks, natural jacuzzi, white water rafting and evening boat rides. The resort also offers the option of outdoor camping.

Bandipur National Park

Watch out for: Tigers, leopards, elephants, barking deer, panthers, Malabar trogons, peacocks, gray-headed fish eagles, tree frogs, vipers, king cobras, etc.

Peacock (by Poorna Kedar)

Dhole's Den Resort

If you are looking for a cozy, warm homestay accommodation, then Dhole's Den Resort is the place for you. This eco-friendly, boutique resort offers five luxurious living units--two bungalows, two rooms and one suite. The beautiful Nilgiri Hills can be seen from these rooms and the myriad hues of the sky paint the picturesque countryside.

Dhole's Den (from official Facebook page)

To enrich the visitors' experience, Dhole's Den also offers the option of camping, with basic facilities of toilets and shower. Start your day with a nature walk, followed by a jeep ride to the Bandipur National Park. Explore the area around the park with village safaris.

Guests can also take up cooking classes and demonstrations by the in-house chef. After a long day of fun and adventure, calm your senses with the power of meditation. Yoga sessions are also provided here upon request.

The Serai Resort

Situated in close proximity to the Bandipur National Park, The Serai Resort provides the highest probability of wildlife spotting. The resort is a world apart, with finest of interiors and smooth craftsmanship. Spread over 19 acres of land, the resort offers 24 living units.

The Serai Resort (from official website)

The Serai Resort has over 100 species of trees and other fauna on its premises which give a jungle-like feel to the guests. Each room offers panoramic views of the Nilgiri Mountains. Since the resort is the closest to the national park, you can spot a variety of animal species.

Spotted Deer (from official website)

Plan your trip and explore getaway options like Blue Mountain Trail, Couple's Getaway and Harley Rider's Special. The Serai offers adventure treks including, cycling, jungle safari, bullock cart ride and sports like archery. You can also enrich your knowledge of the surrounding forest and ecosystem by reading at the Wildlife Library. Unwind after a long day at the resort's Oma Spa.

Nature trek (from official website)

M C Resort

Spread over 5 acres of land, the MC Resort consists of 20 standard rooms and three suites. The resort can be traced adjacent to the Bandipur National Park and the forest boundary. Nature and its marvels can be found in abundance at the resort, with lush greenery forming its backdrop.

M C Resort (from official website)

The resort offers comfortable living with a lot of adventure and nature exploration options. Being a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Bandipur is a haven for flora and fauna. Over 300 species of birds can be spotted here. Being nestled in the heart of wilderness means that you can explore every bit of nature.

Brahminy Starling (by rachna.shetty)

The resort offers nature walks, Bandipur National Park safari, outdoor games, and a swimming pool. Guests can also indulge in indoor games and sample lip-smacking delicacies at the multi-cuisine restaurant. As dusk descends, guests can enjoy campfire and enjoy their stay in nature's lap.

Gazebo (from official website)

Nagarhole National Park

Watch out for: Bisons, cobras, tigers, flying foxes, sambhar, pangolins, pythons, cobras, bulbuls, doves, bee-eaters, great Indian reeds, warblers, etc.

Purple Heron (by Yathin S Krishnappa)

Machaan Resort

The Machaan Resort is situated less than a kilometer away from the forest and is a 15-minute drive from the Nagarhole National Park. The resort rests peacefully in the lush green coffee estates of Coorg. Guests are offered luxurious accommodation options, including cottages and a bungalow.

Machaan Resort (from official website)

A variety of wildlife can be spotted here, as it is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Visitors can go on wildlife safaris undertaken by the Karnataka Forest Department. These safaris offer a glimpse into te buffer zones of Nagarhole National Park as well as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Tourists can also explore a plethora of attractions in the vicinity, namely Coorg, Abbey Falls, Talakaveri and Valnur Fishing Camp.

Nature Trail (from official website)

Machaan Resort is a natural retreat, away from the city. Guests here can truly feel one with nature, with the resort's rustic, old world charm. In the evening, guests are treated to a wildlife movie or a campfire. The restaurant is warm and inviting. It can be safely said that Machaan is one of the best wildlife resorts in Karnataka.

Restaurant at Machaan (from official website)

Kings Sanctuary

An ideal getaway for families, the Kings Sanctuary is an eco-friendly resort located on the northern boundaries of the Nagarhole National Park. The accommodation at the resort is tastefully done, keeping in mind the comfort of the guests. Guests can choose from three kind of living spaces--cottages, villas and suites.

Wild Retreat (from the official website)

Guests have the option of choosing either a morning or an evening safari. Each jeep safari covers about 80 km of the forest and game tracks. It is a great way to explore wildlife of the region. Jungle trek for bird watching can also be organized, albeit after taking permission from park authorities.

The resort offers interactive and fun activities to its guests, such as treasure hunts and tug-of-war, and many indoor and outdoor games. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, or go jogging on one of the many tracks.

B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch out for: Asian elephants, tigers, wild dogs, bisons, chital, sambhar, four-horned antelopes, giant flying squirrels, wild boars, leopards, etc.

K Gudi Wilderness Camp

The B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique blend of valleys, streams, rendering it a hill station. The sanctuary is a haven for a variety of animal and plant species. K Gudi Wilderness Camp offers a cozy, luxurious stay to the guests.

K Gudi Wilderness Camp (from official website)

There's a lot for the traveller to explore in these hills. An open-top jeep safari with well-trained naturalists is a good way to start your experience. Guests can also trek inside the sanctuary and follow the trails to the top of the hills. You can opt for the shorter trails for bird watching.

Green hills (by Arjun Chandrashekar)

Evenings are special at the K Gudi Wilderness Camp as there is movie screening on wildlife, followed by campfires. Story-telling sessions by naturalists who share jungle stories with the guests as they sit by the campfires is a highlight of a stay here.


Only a few resorts have the efficiency and hospitality that are offered at Gorukana.It is one of the few community-based projects that brings together eco-tourism, wildlife travel, tribal development and bio-diversity conservation.

Gorukana offers an interesting array of living spaces, including 10 cottages, a tree house, and a tented accommodation. The dining area offers spectacular views of the lake. Gorukana's coffee shop serves fresh brews which the region is famous for. There's also an Ayurvedic Health Centre for those who are looking a rejuvenating session.

Ayurveda Health Centre (from official website)

The B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuaryis a nature-enthusiast's paradise. Guests can go for safaris and treks, accompanied by naturalists. The beauty of Gorukana is that it lets you enjoy things at your own pace. You can sit by the lake and gaze at the many bird species, or simply kick back in a hammock.

Karnataka is a wonderful retreat for a nature lover. Its hilly terrains, steep valleys, Nilgiri Ranges and lakes that criss-cross its geography are a sight to behold. This bio-diversity has lead to a thriving flora and fauna, making it a hub for some of the best wildlife resorts in Karnataka. So get ready and pack your bags for your next “naturventure” in Karnataka!

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