Ultimate Guide to Wildlife Jungle Stays in Karnataka - Explore wildlife beyond big cats

by Avathi Outdoors | Wildlife Jungle Stays

May 21, 2024

Ultimate Guide to Wildlife Jungle Stays in Karnataka - Explore wildlife beyond big cats

Wildlife-Enriched JLR Properties

Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), a unit of the Government of Karnataka's Department of Tourism and managed by Indian Forest Service Officers, is at the forefront of responsible wildlife and eco-tourism, aiming to conserve the environment and wildlife through tourism. Located in Karnataka's ecologically sensitive areas, JLR offers a blend of comfort and eco-friendly accommodations, including first-class living quarters and ethnic tented cottages amidst natural landscapes. Recognized internationally and awarded the Best Eco-tourism Company in India in 1999, JLR provides a variety of wildlife and outdoor activities, such as jeep safaris, elephant rides, water sports, and guided treks, all conducted with the highest safety standards. JLR invites guests to immerse themselves in nature, promising an experience that not only rejuvenates but also fosters a deeper appreciation for environmental conservation, inspiring actions for the planet's and future generations' well-being.

Karnataka's rich tapestry of wildlife encompasses much more than the iconic leopards and tigers for which it is famed. The state is home to a vast array of lesser-known species, each contributing to its unique biodiversity. This untapped wealth of wildlife offers a remarkable opportunity for exploration and discovery, particularly for visitors at Jungle Lodges and Resorts. These wildlife havens provide the perfect backdrop for adventurers and nature enthusiasts to delve into the lesser-explored corners of Karnataka's natural world.

Here are some properties with wildlife:

  • Blackbuck Resort
  • Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort
  • Seethanadi Nature Camp
  • Bheemeshwari Adventure & Nature Camp
  • Gopinatham Mystery Trials

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  • Blackbuck Resort

Nestled 18 km from Bidar, the historic Bahmani capital, and adjacent to Vilaspur Lake near the Honnikeri Reserve Forest, the Blackbuck Resort offers a sanctuary where the endangered blackbuck roams amidst a landscape of deceptive tranquillity. This oasis of calm is punctuated by the vibrant chorus of birds, enhancing the serene beauty of the surroundings. Your stay in a cottage at the lake's edge promises unparalleled views of nature's splendour, from dawn's early light to the dusky glow of evening, ideal for observing the majestic blackbuck and vibrant peacocks on nature walks. Bidar, a day's exploration away, unfolds a historical tapestry of the Bahmani Dynasty, blending Persian, Turkish, and Hindu architectural marvels, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of this Deccan Plateau gem. Nights at the resort are for savouring exquisite meals, stargazing, and succumbing to sleep with a lullaby of the wind, ensuring a truly magical retreat.

In the midst of the forest, tracking the Blackbuck becomes an unforgettable adventure, highlighting the beauty and diversity of wildlife at the Blackbuck Resort. It's a journey that not only brings you face-to-face with the glory of the animal kingdom but also instils a deep respect for the natural world and the efforts to preserve it for future generations.

 

  • Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort

Nestled on the edge of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, the Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort, celebrated for its proximity to the World Heritage Sites, offers an adventure-filled retreat amidst a rugged, scrub-covered landscape. This Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) property not only allows guests to potentially spot sloth bears, wild boars, leopards, and a diverse array of bird species during safaris and nature walks but also provides a unique opportunity to explore the ancient ruins of Hampi, Anegundi’s charming old-world, and the UNESCO-listed architectural wonders of Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakal.

In addition to the thrilling experience of seeing sloth bears in their natural habitat from a watchtower perched atop a hillock, where if you're fortunate, you might also catch a glimpse of wild boars, black-napped hares, pangolins, porcupines, jackals, and leopards, the wilderness here offers a rich tapestry of biodiversity that continues to enchant and surprise. As the sun rises or sets, painting the sky in hues of gold and crimson, you might hear the distinct call of peacocks or the chatter of various species of monkeys as they move through the canopy. The area is a haven for birdwatchers, with a possibility of sighting rare and exotic birds such as the crested serpent eagle, the malabar pied hornbill, and the vibrant plumage of the Indian pitta.

 

  • Seethanadi Nature Camp

Nestled within the verdant expanses of Karnataka's Western Ghats, the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is a testament to the region's natural splendour, established in 1974 and cradled by a perennial river. This sanctuary is part of a vast protective network alongside the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kudremukh National Park, offering a sanctuary to a diverse array of species including the Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Ussuri Dhole, Indian Elephant, and many others. The sanctuary's river is a haven for water birds, otters, and the renowned mahseer fish, enhancing its biodiversity. Within this wilderness lies the Seethanadi Nature Camp in Hebri, a serene retreat enveloped in greenery, offering a tranquil escape from urban clamour and an intimate experience with nature's marvels. It invites visitors to explore Karnataka's wildlife in its purest form, providing a unique opportunity to engage with the environment and discover its myriad secrets through exhilarating nature walks.

The Seethanadhi Nature Camp stands out as a distinctive haven for wildlife observation, particularly noted for its frequent sightings of snakes such as cobras. This aspect of the camp provides a rare and thrilling opportunity for nature lovers and wildlife aficionados to immerse themselves in the study and appreciation of these captivating reptiles in their authentic surroundings. For those fascinated by the natural world, the camp serves as a gateway to exploring the intricate behaviours and habitats of these serpents, making it an unparalleled destination for experiencing the wild in its true form.

 

  • Bheemeshwari Adventure & Nature Camp

The Cauvery River, originating from Talakaveri in the Western Ghats and flowing through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, is home to the picturesque Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature Camp, located a mere two hours from Bangalore. This camp marries the thrill of adventure with the serenity of nature, offering activities such as zip-lining, kayaking, and rope-walking, alongside jungle treks where one might spot elephants, deer, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species, including the majestic Mahseer fish. The optimal time to visit is between August and February, following the monsoon season, when the river and its surroundings burst into vibrant life, making it an ideal period for birdwatching enthusiasts to observe a variety of colourful birds and the lush, rejuvenated flora.

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Cauvery River, where the majestic Mahseer fish glide through the waters, showcasing the aquatic life's splendour. Keep your eyes peeled for the basking crocodiles, sunning themselves on the riverbanks, a testament to the rich biodiversity of this serene habitat. While the Mahseer and crocodiles are the stars of the show, don't miss the opportunity to observe a variety of avian wonders, including river terns, fishing eagles, woodpeckers, and kingfishers, along with numerous other water birds, through your binoculars. This destination is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a unique glimpse into the vibrant ecosystem of the Cauvery River.

 

 

  • Gopinatham Mystery Trials

Nestled near Gopinatham, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Gopinatham Mystery Trails Camp offers an immersive wildlife experience within the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, stretching across the Mandya, Chamarajanagar, and Ramanagar districts. This sanctuary, cradled by the Cauvery River, is a habitat for a diverse range of wildlife including tigers, elephants, leopards, and the Malabar giant squirrel, alongside endangered bird species like the white-rumpled vulture. With landscapes comprising grassy hills and deciduous forests, particularly vibrant during the monsoon, the camp provides opportunities for forest exploration, trekking to vantage points for panoramic views, and visiting nearby attractions like the Hogenakkal falls, often called the Niagara of India. Visitors can also enjoy coracle boat rides on the river, making for unforgettable experiences in this lush, wildlife-abundant sanctuary.   

 

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