I write a lot about luxury, as it is definitely my most preferred way to travel. But I do have to admit that what is luxury to one person may not be luxurious to another, as luxury is different depending on who you ask. Also, luxury varies depending on what country you are in. One country’s luxury does not equal a different country, but that is what makes traveling even more interesting. Sometimes, we do have to step out of our comfort zone while traveling and if you want to see the top seven jungle lodges and resorts in India, then you will have to step out. This won’t exactly be like my luxury train ride on the Palace on Wheels! However, if you’re looking for the ultimate wildlife experience, India is definitely a place that can capture “wild” for you. Here you’ll find amazing food, warm hospitality, affordable hotel rates, and jungle lodges and resorts that are dedicated to preserving wildlife.
To help you narrow things down further, I have shortlisted the 7 best jungle lodges and resorts in India Read on…
Evolve Back, Karnataka
Evolve Back in Karnataka is surrounded by the Kabini river and was created with the sole idea of providing the ultimate vacation experience for its visitors and at the same time, preserving nature and the culture of the land. There are spacious huts, some of which have a jacuzzi and a private swimming pool. They also offer jeep safaris and guided nature walks for their guests.
Asiatic Lion Lodge, Gujarat
The Asiatic Lion Lodge in Gujarat is an eco-friendly (and pocketbook-friendly) accommodation place near Gir forest in Gujarat. It houses 16 guest cottages and serves delicious traditional Kathiawadi food made using locally and organically sourced ingredients. If reading is your thing, there’s a nice library for you here to relax and unwind. You can also take the guided nature walk and go bird watching.
Spice Village, Kerala
Built close to acres and acres of spice trees, the Spice Village in Kerala is another one of the great jungle lodges and resorts, however, this one is in Kerala. You can get involved in local activities such as bird watching and forest trekking, and also try your hand at cooking the local Kerala cuisine. That’s not all- you’ll also get to experience a boat safari through the national park, and can get yourself a rejuvenating experience at the Ayurvedic wellness center. This jungle lodge is modeled after the dwellings of the native Manan tribe of this region.
Top 7 Jungle Lodges and Resorts in India
The Blackbuck Lodge, Gujarat
This place is located at the west coast of Gujarat and is now a protected area for the blackbucks. You can view them from the veranda of your room- this lodge has 14 luxury villas to help you do just that! Plus, they also offer safaris for the tourists to neighboring destinations.
As the name suggests, Sherbagh is one of the top rated places in India if you want to see a tiger. It is a luxury tented camp located near Ranthambore National Park decorated with colonial furniture. Sherbagh stresses on the importance of wildlife conservation and here you’ll find everything from a jungle spa to an amazing safari experience.
Pench Jungle Camp, Madhya Pradesh
This one’s another luxury tented camp that also offers cottage accommodations and is located close to the Pench National Park. As a guest, you can explore this place on foot or use a bike. Just like with almost all others, you can go bird watching or take the safari tour. There is an Ayurvedic spa and a swimming pool here too!
Forsyth Lodge, Madhya Pradesh
If you’re looking to spend some quiet time and be close to nature, the Forsyth Lodge is the perfect place to do it. This jungle lodge and resort is set on reclaimed jungle land and has excellent guest cottages, a library, a lounge, many fireplaces and lots more. If you’re into stargazing, the telescope here will let you do just that. Plus, there’s also a chlorine-free and eco-friendly swimming pool!
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