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India is famous and acclaimed for its huge and diverse wildlife. It is indeed a magical place for animal lovers and enthusiasts. Every part of India is undoubtedly rich in its diverse fauna. However, today we would talk about the wildlife in South India. The wildlife belt of South India includes Wavanad in Kerala; Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu; Bandipur, Nagarhole and Kabini in Karnataka. The entire region falls under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, spanning from the Western Ghats to the Nilgiris covering an area of 5520 sq km. This impressive biosphere reserve was even declared by the UNESCO as the World Heritage Site back in 2012. It shelters the grand Bengal tiger, Asiatic elephants, Lion-tailed Macaque and much much more. While exploring this rich wilderness, you need an equally natural and fascinating place to stay during your visit. So let’s look at some of the most interesting wildlife resorts in South India.
Tigers to Bisons and Elephants, Sambars, Wild Boars and whatnot, the wildlife reserves, and sanctuaries present in Kerala are sure to take away an animal enthusiast’s sleep. You could start exploring and you would have to simply go on and on. Here is one of the top wildlife resorts in Kerala:
This is an eco-resort located amidst the hills of Thekkady near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This resort has a tribal theme and even has groups of tribal style huts. It lies surrounded by a beautiful spice garden and is a great place for adventure activities. They have plenty of amenities like a comfortable pool, an ayurvedic spa, they even organize treks to take you to the forest, bamboo rafting and plenty more. This is one of the best ways to explore the wilderness and stay comfortable at the same time.
Pricing: INR 10,800
Address: Kottayam-Kumily Rd, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala 685509
How to reach:
This is a picturesque resort situated on a hilltop amidst evergreen mountains. It will offer you with the panoramic view of the entire region of Munnar. The place is designed as such that the entire property is visible from the top. Accommodations are available in tents and treehouses as well. The food is prepared from the vegetables and fruits grown in the garden laid out on the slopes. The property works hard towards nature conservation yet does not fail to provide you with the best possible stay.
Pricing: INR 9,000
Address: Pulippara, Near KSRTC Bus Stand, Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612
How to reach: Nearest airport is Kochi at a distance of 106km and the nearest railway station, Ernakulam is 130km away.
The land of history and modernity where we find beautiful temples and forest-clad hill stations, has some rich wildlife to boast of. You can find chital deer, peacocks, wild boars, Bengal tiger, wild elephants amongst other wild species.
This is a family-run resort which offers plenty of country style cottages according to your budget. This place covers 35 acres of biodiversity and that makes it a haven for wildlife. The service is personalized, informal but professional too. The ambiance would not remind you of work at all since they do not accept corporate bookings. Food is served in buffet style and menus are customized and set twice a day after considering the preferences of the guests and their allergies as well. Safaris and walks can be organized from here. The resort has house pets as well and will give you a homely yet exotic feel.
Approx. Pricing: INR 9,000
Address: Bokkapuram, Masinagudi, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu 643223
How to reach: 157km from Salem Airport, 71 km from Peelamedu Airport
An irresistible state with urban cities, beaches and of course, huge national parks and wildlife, Karnataka has the best of both worlds to offer. It includes Bandipur which is a rich and enchanting forest. The Bandipur National Park is also known as Karnataka’s jewel.
This had once been the private hunting grounds of the maharajas owing to its immensely wild nature. The contemporary architectural style of this lodge is worthy of praise. It lies cozily in the footsteps of Blue Mountains and forms a gateway to exotic and serene rustic beauty. A stay will truly make you one with nature with its serene and calm ambiance. It can accommodate up to 60 guests with 10 special and 12 regular cottages. These cottages are built of natural materials that complement the terrain. Bandipur has a lot to offer, starting from Asiatic elephants and deer to tigers as well. You could go for jeep safari rides from here, bird watching and a lot more.
Approx. pricing: INR 17,800
Address: Angala Post, Gundlupet Taluk Chamarajanagar District, Melukamanahalli, Mysuru - Ooty Rd, Gundlepete, Karnataka 571126
How to reach: 387km from Jindal Vijaynagar Airport, 66km from Mysore Airport
This is undoubtedly the most calm and serene resort in Bandipur. It offers a balanced mix of wildlife and modernity. The rooms feature an outdoor seating area that overlooks the dense and deep green forests of Bandipur. It tries its best to help you establish a connection with nature, wildlife, and your loved ones as well. There are absolutely no phone networks or televisions in any corner of the resort, hence, enabling you to become one with nature.
Pricing: INR 11,000 (Approx)
Address: S.No. 202/1, Kedakal Village Suntikoppa Hobli, Somwarpet Taluk, Suntikoppa, 571237, India.
How to reach: 318km from Jindal Vijaynagar Airport, 65km from Kannur International Airport
This is a pocket-friendly accommodation in Bandipur and helps you enjoy the adventure of living amongst the wildlife to the fullest. There are extremely basic cottages with separate personal bonfires and a common campfire too. The cottages even don’t have locks or latches. That’s how far they are willing to go to make you feel a part of nature.
Pricing: INR 3,500 (Approx.)
Address: 222, 3blk, 2 E Cross, 3 Stg, Basaveshwara Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560079
How to reach: 393km from Jindal Vijaynagar Airport, 72km from Mysore Airport