Best Wildlife Resorts In India
India, the land of plenty, is known for its varied topography across regions and thick, dense forest cover amongst these. And where there are jungles and abundant forest cover, there is bound to be wildlife. So India has some amazing wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, which are blessed with plenty of flora and fauna. Most regions have tried to capitalize on this and offer tourists excellent facilities by way of Wildlife Resorts and Jungle Safaris. Those looking for adventure and excitement on their holiday, must experience a stay at one of these Wildlife Resorts, where after the thrill of an early morning or early evening session of animal spotting, one can retreat to the quite, calm, and cozy confines of either a rustic or luxurious resort in the wild. The experience is like none other and most exciting for nature and wildlife lovers.
These are just a few of the best wildlife resorts across India.
Corbett Leela Vilas, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand :
The Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, North India is one of the most famous places to enjoy wildlife, especially for some tiger spotting. The Corbett Leela Vilas is one of the most stunning luxury wildlife resorts across the country and is situated at the Bijrani entrance of the Corbett National Park, just 10 minutes away from the actual entrance to the park. This wildlife resort extends over 2.5 acres of greenery, in a completely serene set-up, bounded in by succulent mango orchards, which just add to the beauty. The spacious, charming cottages are designed to blend in well with the surroundings and are equipped with wooden floorings and given a rustic look and feel with mud tiles. However, the cottages are equipped with all the modern amenities to offer tourists the best of both worlds and make them comfortable. One can enjoy exciting tiger tours, safari tours, outdoor activities in the vicinity as well as fine dining. One can enjoy at this resort throughout the year, except during the monsoons from July to September.
How to reach :
By Air – Direct flights to Delhi are available from several cities in the country. From here one can travel further by bus or train.
By Train – Ramnagar is the nearest railway station to the Jim Corbett National Park. This station is well connected with Delhi, Haridwar, Lucknow, Varanasi and many more cities across the country.
By Bus – Several buses ply regularly to Jim Corbett via Ramnagar.
Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan :
The majestic Udai Vilas Palace is located deep in the wilderness, right next to the Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, on the main Bharatpur Fatehpur Sikri Road in Rajasthan. This property extends across 2 acres of lush greenery and is very popular among wildlife enthusiasts and tourists who wish to visit the wildlife sanctuary. It offers super-deluxe accommodation and suites, along with all the luxuries and facilities that one could require, including a rejuvenating spa service, ayurvedic treatments, fun events, theme parties/ evenings etc. For those who wish to remain indoors, there is a gym, sports room, satellite televisions etc. amongst many other forms of entertainment. At this resort, one can enjoy true Rajasthani hospitality and warmth along with a blend of international cuisine, making it a novel and exciting experience.
How to reach :
By Air – The nearest airport to this location is at Agra. From here Bharatpur is just 56 kms away.
By Train – Bharatpur has a good rail network with several major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra etc.
By Bus – Bharatpur is well connected by road and bus services to all the major cities in Rajasthan and neighbouring states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Tusker Trails Resort, Bandipur National Park :
The Tusker Trails Resort is a famous wildlife resort in Bandipur, Karnataka located in a 7 acre garden. Tourists can choose to stay in any of the double bedroom cottages or in ethnic cottages that are designed with luxurious interiors, lounge areas and private balconies. If tourists wish to just relax and enjoy the resort and not venture into the wild, then they can enjoy the various facilities offered by this resort like open-air meals, the swimming pool, picnic lunches etc. For those interested in nature and wildlife, the resort organizes Jungle safari tours and trekking. The Bandipur National Park is very well known for its tigers and leopards, along with other animals like elephants, deer, jackals, sloth bears and various other animals. This dense and deep jungle offers wildlife lovers an exciting opportunity to explore nature at its best.
How to reach :
By Air – The nearest airport to Bandipur is in Bengaluru, approx. 220 km away. From here one can reach the resort by private taxis or board any of the buses run by Private companies or State-run buses.
By Train – The nearest railway station is at Mysore, about 55 km away. From here Private as well as State-run buses ply to Bandipur.
By Bus – Bandipur is well connected by regular buses to cities like Bengaluru, Mysore and Ooty.
Kabini River Lodge :
This beautiful river lodge is located on the banks of the Kabini River and offers visitors a marvelous opportunity to view some exciting wildlife from close quarters. Elephants, deers, wild boars and panthers can be spotted around these banks frequently. This 54 acre property, which was once the hunting ground for the Maharaja of Mysore, is regarded an excellent location and property with great service, thus making it one of the 5 most popular wildlife resorts. With a wide array of staying options like regular rooms, dormitories, tents, cottages etc. this resort offers time to enjoy as well as work. In order to retain the sanctity of this place, no televisions and air-conditioners are provided at the resort, ensuring visitors get tuned with beautiful mother nature and enjoy the serenity and tranquility of this wonderful locale. The summer months of March, April and May are the best to spot wildlife, as the animals converge at the river for water during the day.
How to reach :
By Air – The nearest airport to Kabini is the Bangalore Airport which is about 208 kms away and well connected to several cities by flight.
By Train – The nearest railway station is at Mysore, from where one can take a cab/ taxi to Kabini.
By Bus – Regular bus services to Kabini are available from nearby cities like Banagalore, Mysore etc.
Aman-I-Khas Resort, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan :
The Ranthambore National Park is a great place to spot the glorious and royal Bengal Tigers. Aman-I-Khas resort is a luxurious camp resort, located near this famous National Park and built in the colonial style, merging luxury with camping. The resort has all of 10 tents, which face the scenic Aravalli Hills and extend over a large property. Located in the midst of dense forest area, this resort has very spacious rooms and is built with a retro theme. At night, a bonfire is lit and guests are invited to enjoy the ambience and mingle with other guests. The resort is a great place to just unwind, relax and enjoy nature at its best. The period between October to May is one of the best times to visit this resort as the weather is really pleasant.
How to reach :
By Air – The Jaipur International Airport, located in Sanganer, Jaipur is the closest to Ranthambore National Park and Aman-I-Khas Resort at about 160 kms and is well connected with various cities across the country. From here, one can travel by road or train.
By Train – The Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is the closest railway station to the National Park, at a distance of just 11 km.
By Bus – State-run buses, as well as Private Company buses ply regularly from several nearby cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Delhi, Agra, Mumbai etc.
Kaziranga Resort, Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Set up in 2008, Kaziranga Wildlife Resort is constructed on the world heritage site of the ‘Kaziranga National Park’ in Assam and is one of the few jungle resorts in India that offer multiple tours. It’s grand and impressive architecture, unusual style and faultless service offers complete comfort and a memorable, unique experience for visitors. The National Highway 37, passing through the national park and tea estates also creates exciting moments for tourists as they can see rhinos and wild elephants sauntering along the highway. Sheer haven for wildlife enthusiasts, one can spot nilgiri bulls, great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and over 35 species of mammals in this park. This resort offers separate cottages for couples and families, executive and deluxe rooms and premium cottages. It also offers wildlife tours and a multi-cuisine fancy restaurant to make tourists comfortable. The best time to enjoy the facilities here are from November to May.
How to reach :
By Air – Guwahati Airport, which is very well connected with various parts of the country as well as several places abroad and Jorhat Airport are the two nearest airports to the national park. From here, one can travel by taxi or ride in any of the state-run or private buses available nearby.
By Train – The nearest railway station to the national park is Furkating Railway Station which is well connected to several Indian cities. From here, one can hire taxi or bus services.
By Bus – Regular bus services that are run by the government or Private companies are easily available from several cities in the north east to the Kaziranga National Park.
Picture Credits : Corbett Leela Vilas – Traveltriangle, Udai Vilas Palace – Indialine, Tusker Trails Resort, Kabini River Lodge & Aman-I-Khas Resort – Tripadvisor, Kaziranga Wildlife Resort – Traveldreams.in