6 Luxurious Wildlife Resorts For A Winter Holiday

6 Luxurious Wildlife Resorts For A Winter Holiday
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Explore India's many wild charms at these luxury stays in the midst of forest habitats

OT Staff
November 24 , 2022
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India has a rich diversity of geographical landscapes and varied climatic conditions. As a result, it is blessed with a bounty of wildlife habitats - from national parks to tiger reserves and sanctuaries and more. Some of these also host luxury wildlife resorts nestled in natural greenery. These are perfect for wildlife enthusiasts who get a chance to study animals in their natural habitat. 

Wayanad Wild, Kerala

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Set in lush tropicals with spacious rooms that come with their private viewing balconies and all modern luxuries, Wayanad Wild, CGH Earth is an ode to the spectacle of nature that the UNESCO world heritage site, the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is. With the food here paying tribute to everything local and experiences ranging from forest trails to safaris, Wayanad Wild ticks all boxes for a bespoke holiday. Venture into the forest after dark on a night expedition, and watch the landscape transform with nocturnal life. Trek into the hills, zipline, and bamboo raft. Or enjoy the luxuries of the property. Wayanad Wild is a photographer's delight, a wildlife and birder's paradise, a perfect multi-generational destination where each generation chooses activities suited to their abilities and interests.

How to reach: Calicut and Kannur are the nearest airports. The other airports near Wayanad Wild Resort are Mysore, Kochi and Bengaluru. 
Activities: Bonfire, swimming, boating, jungle trekking, nature walk etc.

Nearby Attractions:  Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak and Meenmutty.
 
 
Samode Safari Lodge & Spa, Madhya Pradesh
 
Samode Safari Lodge, a charming resort amidst the peace of the vast forest, was crafted in the old location of Anantvan Wildlife Resort. It is regarded as one of the best luxury wildlife resorts in India. It is thought to have been founded to provide visitors with a holistic experience and complete rejuvenation. Being surrounded by diverse wildlife creates an exciting atmosphere that adds to this resort's appeal. Samode gives visitors all the modern amenities they need for a memorable vacation. The lodge offers exclusive services, including campfire barbecues, dining al fresco, poolside meals, and private candlelit dinners in one's chalet. 
 
How to reach:  Umaria Railway Station is 32 km away, and Jabalpur Airport is 188 km away.
Activities: Bird Watching and Jeep Safaris etc. 
Nearby Attractions: Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha, Pench & Satpura National Parks 
 
 
Ranthambore Forest Resort,  Rajasthan
 
Located in Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan, Ranthambore Forest is set up on five acres of lush greenery and is close to the renowned Ranthambore National Park. The resort offers its guests a close-up view of flora and fauna from 46 deluxe rooms. You can also avail yourself of Ayurvedic massages, outdoor games, a mini-golf course, and a swimming pool. Also, cultural and sightseeing tours are conducted here for entertainment and fun evenings.

How to reach: The park is well connected by rail and road with all the major cities of India. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is around 160 km from the park and is also the nearest airport.

Activities:  Jeep Safari, Birdwatching, Swimming, Village Tour, Camel Ride, Folk Music, etc.
Nearby Attractions:  Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort

Taj Safaris Lodge, Kanha

The Taj Safaris Lodge at Pashan Garh, a collection of rustic cottages, elevates the concept of luxury to an entirely new level. This lodge, spread out along a small stream on 190 acres of private jungle, brings you closer to the past, the natural world, and the wild. The strong crocodile motif is a constant reminder of the inhabitants of the nearby Ken River, even though there are subtle allusions to the erotic stonework of the Khajuraho temples. These cottages, perched atop a tiny hill, provide a stunning view of the forest, and a sizable waterhole close by has been the scene of numerous tiger sightings. Despite its chunky yet stylish interiors and rustic decor, this lodge offers unrivalled hospitality and fine dining.

How to Get There: It is 40 km from Khajuraho Airport and Khajuraho Railway Station.
Activities: Bike Rides, Cycling, Swimming, Sightseeing, Safari, etc.
Nearby Attractions: Nirpat Sagar Lake, Khajuraho Temple


Tusker Trails Resort, Karnataka

You will have some incredible and unforgettable experiences while spotting avifauna, hyenas, panthers, neel gaurs panthers, lions, tigers, and a large variety of birds living in the 25,000-acre park. Wander through the zoological garden covered in sturdy, shady trees. Find a quiet spot to sit next to a pond and watch waterfowl play. The park's grounds also have rest areas and picnic areas. The cottage-style lodging increases the excitement of your wildlife encounter.

How to reach: Mysore Railway Station is 55 km away, and Bangalore Airport is 220 km away.
Activities: Safari, Jungle Trekking, Birdwatching, Swimming, Elephant Ride, Bicycle Tours, Nature Walk, etc.
Nearby Attractions: Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Zoological Garden, Bandhavgarh Fort

 

Sterling Padam Pench, Madhya Pradesh 

Sterling Holiday Resorts, one of the country’s leading leisure hospitality brands has announced the opening of its new wildlife resort in Pench National Park. The resort boasts of a variety of stay experiences with 22 premier rooms, cottages, mud houses, wooden chalets and tree houses, all inspired by the local art and architecture, coupled with chic and contemporary amenities. Guests can relish the local specialties of Gondwana such as Jhunka Bhakar, Patyod or a full-fledged Gondwana Thali at ‘Alikatta’ the restaurant at Padam Pench. Sterling Local is the signature restobar of Sterling present in 10 resorts around the country and the same is also being brought to Pench. Sterling Local celebrates desi (local) flavors, combining them with internationally favorite beverages and snacks and will feature Mahua based cocktails and snacks like Garadu.

How to reach: 90 kms from Nagpur and at the entrance of the tiger reserve, Pench National Park. 
Acitivities: Treasure hunt, Burma bridge and other team building games on request, double-cycles available, guided nature walks for groups inside reserve forest areas (accompanied by the forest naturalists)
Nearby Attractions: Turiye Market, Pench National Park 
 

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