Growing up, I always had a fascination for tree houses. I still do. There is something about being as tall as a tree and looking down below; my own version of Jack And The Beanstalk. For anyone who finds the idea of living in a tree house amidst high branches and whistling winds interesting, here’s a list of some tree houses around India that you can experience.
Tree House Cottages in Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Surrounded by plum and apple orchards, the Tree House Cottages in Manali come with the promise of an awesome stay in the valley. The soothing sight of the ice-capped mountains will take you away from your reality. The cottage provides local Himachali cuisine but if you feel like cooking then you can prepare your own meals at the cottage's kitchen. The close proximity of the property with Solang, Kasol, Rohtang and Kullu offers a perfect holiday for the adventure seekers. If you are not up for any venture and want to have a quiet time, you can always stay at the property listening to the chirp of the indigenous birds or walk down the street in search of souvenirs from the local market.
Getting there: The cottage is in Katrain which is at a distance of about 18km from Manali and could be reached via NH-3.
Contact: [email protected], +91-1902-240365 / +91-98160-78765
Tree House Hideaway in Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh
Don’t judge the tree houses by their photographs, the outside grubbiness of the cottages are given to blending with its wild surroundings. The doors of the tree houses will lead you to a whole new world of luxury beyond your imagination. A minibar, library, balcony, 24-hour hot and cold water and AC with 100% power back up, all of these exist amidst the dense forest of Bandhavgarh. The lodge has a platform overlooking a waterhole where wild animals come to quench their thirst. Take your photography gear and climb up the machan to take back home some memories of your wildlife encounters. You can even go for a tiger safari. A home for more than 200 species of birds, 20 species of mammals and 2000-year-old historical ruins, Tree House Hideaway in Bandhavgarh is a perfect way to escape into your wild side.
Getting there: The property lies in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and is at a distance of 167km from Jabalpur.
Contact: https://www.treehousehideaway.com/contact-treehouse , [email protected], +91 01140146400
Vythiri Tree House in Wayanad, Kerala
Vythiri Tree House will teach you a thing or two about responsible tourism and nature conservation. Using solar energy as the power source and the nearby natural spring for water, everything in the tree house brings you closer to nature. Visit the nearby Pookot Lake and surrender yourself to its neighbouring evergreen forest or experience the roaring of the three-tiered Soojipara Waterfall. The Vythiri tree house follows strict policies regarding stays to ensure that the place remains unruffled from external disturbances. You can plan a day’s trip to Edakkal Caves to witness the carvings and inscriptions from the stone ages and if these activities seem lacking adventure then your tree house is close to some of the wildlife sanctuaries like Bandipur, Nagarhole, and Muthanga which are sure to raise your adventure level.
Getting there: The tree house is 18km away from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala.
Contact: [email protected], +91 4936 256800/ +91 4936 255366
Chunnambar Tree House in Nonankuppam, Puducherry
Nestled beside the backwaters of Puducherry, the Chunnambar tree houses have an undisturbed view of the backwaters, an artificial pond and a rope ladder leading to a balcony offering a mesmerising panorama of the surroundings. Here the tree house provides many recreational exposures like painting, meditation, photography and offers seaside camping. Rent a boat and row it through the backwaters or spend time playing beach sports with your friends. You can even put on your trekking shoes and go for a trek or spend time horse riding. The multi-cuisine restaurant cum bar in the compound is a gastronomic delight for the guests. With a view of the backwaters, it offers an iconic venue for theme parties. The abundance in leisure activities makes the Chunnambar tree house a great spot to spend vacations.
Getting there: The property is located at a distance of 8km from Puducherry town on the Pondy-Cuddalore road.
Contact: [email protected], + 91 4132353532
Nature Zone in Munnar, Kerala
Waking up to the songs of birds from one of the most prominent hill stations of India, the spacious rooms with balcony proffers the mystical view of Munnar. Surrounded by the misty hills of the Western Ghats your days in the tree house would be worth remembering. Situated at a remote place in the woods you would reach the property after a tiring hike and might come across some of the reptiles and apes of the region. The symphony of streams cutting through the valley would rejuvenate your spirits. You can always go for a stroll around the tea estates of Munnar or trek through the valleys birding on the way. The Nature Zone tree houses are the best way to experience the serene ambience of Munnar.
Getting there: The place is at a distance of 8km from Munnar town in Pulippara.
Contact: http://www.naturezoneresortmunnar.com, [email protected], +91 9447533330