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Shikha Gautam Sep 18 2014

which are the best wildlife resorts in Kerala?

Debangana Sen Sep 18 2014
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Blessed with some unique geographical features and significant variations in terrain, Kerala boasts of some of the most biodiversity-rich wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Following is a comprehensive list of some of the the best wildlife resorts in Kerala where you can enjoy the glorious natural beauty and the wild, untamed side of “God’s Own Country”.

1. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch out for: Elephants, Bengal tigers, Malabar giant squirrels, flying squirrels, leopards, lion-tailed macaques, Nilgiri tahrs, sloth bears, sambars, etc.

A tiger in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (by Steve Evans)

Green Woods

A 4-star wildlife resort, Green Woods brings you a delightful blend of comfort and luxury in the lap of nature.

Green Woods Resort (from the official website)

Set atop a hillock under the canopy of tropical trees, the resort has a rustic charm that is reflected in the quaint cottages with gabled roofs, the thatched roof machan-style cafe, the lantern-lit pathways and wooden benches placed in the quiet corners of the lawn.

A cottage at the resort (from the official website)

The resort offers numerous recreational options--from nature walks and safaris to indoor gaming and cooking classes. For hard core naturalists, the resort offers Vanya, their forest tree house set in the Periyar Reserve.

Vanya Treehouse (from the official website)


Anavilasam (from the official website)

This is a luxury plantation house located just 8 km away from the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. A decadent vacation retreat, surrounded by pepper and cardamom plantations, Anavilasam is a treat to all senses.

Room view (from the official website)

The accommodations are boutique-styled, and range from deluxe rooms and suits to pool villas and presidential villas. Apart from jeep safaris, the plantation house also offers cooking classes, comprehensive plantation tours, tiger trails, night jungle patrol, bamboo rafting and village tours.

The pool villa (from the official website)

Other resorts that you can consider:

Elan Hills Resort promises you the “real” jungle experience complete with safaris, plantation tours, and live Kalaripayattu and Kathakali shows.

KTDC Lake Palace is located right in the middle of the Periyar National Park, and offers the best of Kerala hospitality. The tariffs are inclusive of all meals and daily boat trips.

KTDC Lake Palace (from the official website)

Carmelia Haven is yet another luxury plantation resort which offers eco-friendly luxurious cottages and suites, alongwith lofty treehouses that bring you closer to nature’s many splendid charms. The resort is half an hour’s drive away from the sanctuary.

The tree house at Carmelia Haven (from official website)

2. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary/ Muthanga National Park

Watch out for: Elephants, tigers, panthers, bisons, jungle cats, deers, monkeys, monitor lizards and a variety of snakes.

A pair of bisons at the sanctuary (by N.A. Naseer)

Whispering Woods

Whispering Woods (from the official website)

Whispering Woods is ranked as one of the best wildlife resorts in Kerala. Miles away from the chaos of the city, and surrounded by acres of coffee plantations, the resort offers a wonderful respite for the city-worn traveller.

A stilt cottage with hammock (from the official website)

Guests can choose between tented accommodations or stilt cottages, each equipped with modern amenities. Both the location and the hospitality at the resort are outstanding.

Inside a tent (from the official website)

Some other options for you to consider:

Located right by the entrance to the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Pachyderm Palace can be an ideal choice for serious wildlife enthusiasts. The establishment consists of a large Kerala-style bungalow and two smaller stilt bungalows. The hotel arranges open jeep safaris to the park for its guests

Pachyderm Palace (from the official website)

Wynberg Resort is a beautiful property located amidst coffee, vanilla and rubber plantations. They specialize in wildlife, plantation and adventure tourism. The accommodation options ranges from eco cottages and suites to treehouses and tents, each furnished with the basic amenities.

Wynberg Resort (from the official website)

Jungle Parks Resort located in the Fintser Hills of Vythiri, offers tree houses, villas and eco-lodges that offer exquisite views of the surrounding verdant plantations. The resort is located very close to the national park as well as several other local tourist attractions.

The resort grounds (from the official website of Jungle Park Resort)

3. Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch out for: Asian elephant, tiger, wild dog, lion tailed macaque, slender loris, giant squirrel, nilgiri langurAvian species: Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, Loten’s sunbird, Ceylon frogmouth, ashy minivet, large hawk cuckoo, etc.

A male Malabar trogan (by L. Shyamal)

Rainforest Resort

Rest your eyes on the emerald rainforests of Sholayar, soak in the misty sprays of the Athirapally Falls, or awaken your senses to the calls of the wild. At the Rainforest Resort, you can do all this and more.

Rainforest Resort (by the official website)

A boutique hotel set in the virgin rainforest, the resort gives you feel of being cut-off from the rest of the world and welcomes you to this exotic jungle dreamland, that cocoons you in world-class luxury and warm hospitality. The rooms and cottages are tastefully decorated, emanating a chic ambience.

One of the tastefully done rooms (from the official website)

The treehouse brings back many happy childhood memories and is surprisingly quite luxuriant. The resort is located less than an hour’s drive away from Chimmony National Park.

The tree house (from the official website)

4. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch out for: Tigers, leopards, elephants, bonnet macaques, sambars, barking deer, crocodiles.

An elephant at the sanctuary (by Jayanand Govindaraj)

KTDC Agasthya House

This government rest house is located within the premises of the Neyyar Dam and lies very close to the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as the capital city of Trivandrum. There are 7 deluxe rooms and one dormitory, equipped with the basic amenities. On the whole, this is a standard, no-frills establishment, but is perfect for those seeking to explore the wilderness of the wildlife sanctuary.

Athirapally Falls (by Jan J George)

5. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Watch out for: Brahminy kites, cormorants, egrets, herons, owls, moorhens, Siberian cranes, flycatchers, teals and larks

A male red-breasted flycatcher (by Sudheer Pandey)

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom

An ideal luxury getaway into the heart of nature, Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom truly embodies the beauty of Kerala.

Hotel facade (from the official website)

Aptly called the “Jewel of Kumarakom”, the resort, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, has a rustic charm and heavenly surroundings.

Heritage room (from the official website)

The beautifully done heritage rooms, luxury villas and the cottage accommodations will make you want to extend your stay till eternity. The hotel premises includes a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.

Outdoor dining (from the official website)

Customised itineraries and sightseeing tours are available on request. The resort lies very close to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

Resort grounds (from the official website)

KTDC Waterscapes Kumarakom

Yet another dreamy delight, KTDC Waterscapes is located within the bird sanctuary itself. The beautiful wooden cottages seem completely in sync with the lovely surroundings.

KTDC Waterscapes (from the official website)

Apart from tastefully appointed luxurious rooms, the resort offers numerous recreational activities for its guests, namely, houseboat cruises, safari boats, visit to the bird sanctuary, nature walks, local village tours that includes watching fishing and shelling harvesting.

Canal Cottage (from the official website)

In short, Waterscape Resorts promises you endless backwater charm!

Some other options for you to consider:

Coconut Lagoon is a lovely riverside resort, highly recommended by travellers. From meandering through the old feudal villages and birdwatching at the paddy fields to tasting home-style Kerala cuisine--there is a lot to explore and experience.

Coconut Lagoon (from the official website)

Coconut Creek Farm and Homestay is a budget bed and breakfast facility located adjacent to the bird sanctuary. This is a lovely Kerala-style heritage home set amid towering coconut and palm groves. The homestay arranges for houseboat tours and local sightseeing on request.

Coconut Creek Farm and Homestay (from the official Facebook page)

6. Silent Valley National Park

Watch out for: Lion tailed macaques, blue winged parakeets, white bellied tree pies, leopards, tigers, leopard cats, sloth bears, otters, spotted deer, gaurs, elephants, etc.

Lion tailed macaque (by N.A.Naseer)

Treetop Resort

The Treetop Resort is voted as one of the best wildlife resorts in Kerala.

Experience the warmth of timeless hospitality and explore the mysteries and the quiet grandeur of the Silent Valley National Park during your stay. There are a variety of accommodation options available--deluxe, superior, dormitory, royal suite and treehouse.

Additionally, there are numerous recreational facilities like a pool-side restaurant, library, cricket, badminton, chess, safaris, bullock cart rides, cycling, fishing, and lots more.

KTDC Tamarind--Manakkad

A nice property located in close to the town of Manakkad--best known for its hill produce and as a gateway to the Silent Valley National Park. The hotel offers 10 AC deluxe rooms, a restaurant and a conference hall. Surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the evergreen forests, the Attappady Hills and beautiful rivers, the KTDC Tamarind Manakkad offers a delightful budget vacation retreat in Kerala.

Silent Valley National Park (by NIHAL JABIN)

7. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch out for:
Tigers, leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambars, barking deer, bonnet macaques, Nilgiri langurs, Nilgiri tahrs, etc.

Leopard resting on a branch (by Benh LIEU SONG)

KTDC Golden Peak

KTDC Golden Peak
is a hill resort in Ponmudi that presents a harmonious blend of its wood and stone cottages with the surrounding mountainous landscape.

KTDC Golden Peak (from the official website)

The resort offers 8 deluxe rooms, 3 premium rooms and 3 suites, along with a multi-cuisine restaurant, conference hall and theatre. KTDC Golden Peak is a great base for exploring the Ponmudi Hills as well as the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.

KTDC Golden Peak (from the official website)

Ponmudi Hills (from the official website)

8. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary/ Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Watch out for: Orange headed thrush, large-billed leaf warblers, Oriental darters, cormorants, whiskered terns, collared scops owls, yellow-browed bulbuls, Ceylon frogmouths, Pompadour green pigeons.

Orange-headed thrush (JJ Harrison jjharrison89@facebook.com)

Soma Birds Lagoon

Soma Bird Lagoon (from the official website)

Ideal for birdwatchers, Soma Birds Lagoon located in Thattekad (near Kochi) lies very close to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Guests can choose different type of accommodations based on their budget.

Soma Bird Lagoon (from the official website)

The 15 cottages are perfect for those seeking privacy. There are a number of activities for kids as well. The food here is pretty good.

A stepwell at the resort (from the official website)

Hornbill Camp

Built in a picture postcard location at the banks of the Periyar River, the camp is located amidst thick coconut groves.

From the official website

The camp provides eco-friendly tented accommodations and a lovely open-air dining area. The food served here is the typical home-style Kerala cooking.

From the official website

Recreational activities include, nature trails, kayaking, cycling, bird-watching, and lots more. All in all, the camp promises to give you the best experience during your Kerala vacation!

From the official website

Home to some of the best sanctuaries and reserves in the world, Kerala is any wildlife enthusiast’s dreamland. Coupled with these awesome and unarguably the best wildlife resorts in Kerala, your experience and happiness factor is more than doubled. Let us know if you’ve been to, or are planning to go to any of these resorts.
At Periyar Wild life Sanctuary, KTDC Lake palace is the only resort Iocated inside the sanctuary
Manoj Jain Jan 16 2016
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No there is another one called ARANYA NIWAS. THE LAKE PALACE is on a island and the Aranya Niwas is on the banks of the periyar lake
-- Read more: https://www.ixigo.com/best-wildlife-resorts-in-kerala-fq-2014555
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