India is a country that has tons to offer. No matter which part of the country you choose to visit, there is always something fun, interesting or exciting to do. For example, if you want to catch scenic beauty at its best, you can head to the North East and treat your eyes to the vista of sprawling tea gardens and winding hills. If you just want to relax amidst the beauty of nature, you can go South, to the backwaters of Kerala.
But, if it is thrill and adventure that you seek, wildlife resorts are your answer! India has a plethora of options that you can choose from, should you wish to plan a wildlife trip anytime soon. After an evening of spotting some rare animals in their natural habitat, you can come back to your resort and unwind peacefully. They have a lot of amenities to offer and make the most of the environment that they are built around, so it really is the best of both worlds! Scroll on to find out about the ten best wildlife resorts in India and get ready to block your rooms.
1. Udai Vilas Palace, Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan
Located in Rajasthan, this resort is placed right inside the wilderness. It is also located next to Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, which makes it very convenient if you want to visit at any time. The property is, needless to say, located on lush greenery and has all the luxuries and other facilities that you require. Apart from a rejuvenating spa service, Udai Vilas Palace also has super-deluxe accommodation, ayurvedic treatments, fun events and theme evenings or parties. There is never a dull moment here.
Approximate Cost: Rs 5,800/-
2. Tusker Trails Resort, Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Karnataka’s Bandipur National Park is very famous for its tigers, jackals, leopards, sloth bears and other animals. Staying at Tusker Trails, which is adjoining to the park, is a wonderful option. The property here includes a 7-acre garden, beautiful cottages, lounge areas and open-air dining options. They even organise safaris and jeep visits to the national park for their guests, every morning and evening. You can then get to see the wildlife up close and personal!
Approximate Cost: Rs 9,750/-
3. Corbett Leela Vilas, Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Corbett National Park is one of India’s best when it comes to tigers. Corbett Leela Vilas is located very close to the park and can be easily visited, being all of ten minutes away. Tiger tours and other wildlife safaris are organised by the staff on a regular basis. The resort is fringed by a cropping of mango orchards and lots of greenery. The cottages have an ethnic look that makes it blend in with nature. Games and other activities are also organised regularly.
Approximate Cost: Rs 8,999/-
4. Sunderban Mangrove Retreat, Sunderbans, West Bengal
This particular wildlife resort is made even more exciting because it is located on Satjelia island, West Bengal. This is an eco-friendly resort but is also fully equipped with all the modern amenities that a guest would require. Jungle safaris and tiger spotting expeditions are organised here and conducted in the Sunderbans. Water angling in the Gomor river is also a popular tourist attraction here. What’s more, a special tribal performance called ‘Bonbibi Yatra’ is held in the resort every evening for entertainment purposes.
Approximate Cost: Rs 8,000/-
5. The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
The Oberoi Vanyavilas is truly luxury at its best! You will feel like you’re nestling in the lap of heaven, in this resort. With its lush greenery, peaceful pools and luxury tents, this resort is close to the famous tiger reserve. You can hop over for some tiger spotting and return to the comfort of your rooms in no time at all. There are even private gardens here to allow you to relax, away from prying eyes. This resort has also received a number of awards for its excellent service.
Approximate Cost: Rs 45,000/-
6. Maneland Jungle Lodge, Gir, Gujarat
If you want to steer away from the commercial noise of a proper resort and prefer something a bit more quiet and private, the Maneland Jungle Lodge will be ideal. The resort is built around the inherent wildlife, without destroying it and provides guests with an unobstructed view of the same. Once here, you can stay put in their deluxe rooms, standard rooms or even the bungalows. There have been many sightings of the Asiatic Lion by guests who have been staying at this resort!
Approximate Cost: Rs 4,800/-
7. Aman-i-Khas Resort, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
This resort has been built in sheer ‘camp style’. It has followed the colonial style and combines camping with luxury. There are all of ten tents on the property, each one as beautiful as the next. The Ranthambore reserve is a great place to spot the Bengal tiger in all its glory. When night falls, a fire is lit up outside the tents and everyone can come out and sit by the fire. It makes for a lovely bonding session with the other guests and you can discuss how many tigers you spotted!
Approximate Cost: Rs 30,000/-
8. Kanha Earth Lodge, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This resort is closely connected to the Kanha National Park. It is also an eco-friendly resort, so there’s no guilt about causing any harm to Mother Nature during the course of your stay! It is interesting to note that the design and the architecture of this lodge is inspired by a tribe called the Gondas. If you’re lucky, you can even spot some rare animals roaming around near the resort premises. You can also opt for the adventure trails organised by the resort or go on bike rides along the resort’s in-built trails.
Approximate Cost: Rs 30,000/-
9. Dhikala Forest Lodge, Corbett, Uttarakhand
This is a forest lodge that is managed by the state. It is an authentic forest lodge, complete with ethnic huts and cottages and even a new forest house. You can enjoy the jungle safaris, the elephant tours and more such fun activities. The Corbett National Park is best enjoyed while staying here in Dhikala Forest Lodge.
Approximate Cost: Rs 5,000/-
10. Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This jungle lodge is surrounded and filled with a dense growth of trees, including a large banyan tree under which you can sit for some respite from the heat. It is a part of the prestigious Taj Resorts. True to its name, the greenery here makes for a really wonderful experience. You can head over to the National Park to spot some rare animals and it can really turn your day around! After that, you can return to the lodge and take a dip in the swimming pool.
Approximate Cost: Rs 30,000/-
Wildlife resorts have really made it easy for us as tourists to enjoy animals in their natural habitat, without having to compromise on ours. So, the next time you make plans to go for such a trip, come right back to this post and help yourselves plan a stellar trip.