The rich Indian wildlife is apparently something that is worth witnessing. Here’s where the national parks and wildlife reserves in India help the wildlife lovers to realize their dream. Safari through the dense forests and spotting of animals are ofcourse far more exciting than they could be described in words. Another important feature adding to this adventure is staying amidst the forests or may be trying camping around it; the thrill is truly incredible. Good news is, with the increasing interest of the wildlife aficionados a large number of resorts and camps are mushrooming around the reserves in all parts of the country. So now, one can easily plan a wildlife holiday without having to miss out on comfort and luxury.
Here is a list of 25 best wildlife luxury resorts in India that promise much more than just offering accommodation and meals:
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, is one of the leading luxury wildlife resorts in India. Situated on the outskirt of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the resort makes the first impression by its picture-perfect setting with dramatic watercourse and sun-kissed private decks. Offering tented accommodation, with finely embroidered canopies, luxurious bathrooms and private walled gardens, Oberoi Vanyavilas does justice to the ambiance and surrounding scenery. The state-of-the-art facilities and the hospitality warmth are things that allow the place to outshine. Click here to book room.
Hotel Features: The Oberoi Vanyavilas provides highly personalized service. The resort houses, spa: Oberoi Spa, which is located at the side of the lake, past turquoise and lapis blue tiled pools, in a fountained courtyard. Guests can choose from an elaborate spa treatments, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Highly recommended are the stimulating Indian Spice Wrap and a delicious Orange Wrap. The resort also has a fitness centre that has several modern machines including the exercycle, rowing machine, steppers, free weights and a treadmill. In house restaurant serves some of the most delicious food. Whereas, the Pool Bar and the other Bar servers best of spirits along with interesting cocktails and mocktails.
Room Features: The resort offers tented accommodation that comes with all modern amenities like LCD TV, DVD player, satellite television, wired & wireless broadband internet access, electronic safe, direct dial telephone and personal bar.
Another fine wildlife resort for a memorable holiday in India is Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, the resort is built with the collaboration between Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces with &Beyond. The resort has beautiful and well-furnished suites that have a rural touch. Enjoy the jungle safari and get a taste of impeccable service and lush luxury.Taj Mahua speaks of impeccable services and unmatched hospitality as well. Click here to book room.
Hotel Features: The resort apart from all the amenities required for a comfortable stay has special features like the open kitchen, swimming pool, library and a Safari shop in the premises. The guests are also given cycles that are parked in the courtyards to explore and roam around.
Room Features: The resort has twelve well-furnished Kutiyas or Guest Suites for the guests. All the suites have in-room basic amenities like A.C, minibar, laundry bag, in-room heating, writing desk, and direct dialing telephone. Yoga amenities in a basket (complete with instructions) and traditional Indian games of marbles and Chaupad are also there for the guests to remain engaged.
Amidst the scenic landscape is the Orange Country in Kabini, Karnataka. Offering a distinct holiday experience amidst the untainted natural beauty, this resort is a perfect way to enjoy the luxurious stay in an adventurous ambiance. The design of the resort is inspired by the Hadis or tribal villages, whereas the sweeping panoramic vistas are made perfect by the existence of the Kabini River. The resort offers a perfect blend of traditional and modern aspects and thus is undoubtedly a great place to choose near Nagarhole National Park. Click here to book room.
Hotel Features: Orange County offers all the necessary amenities for a comfortable holiday. The resort has a great provision for fine dining in multi-cuisine restaurant that overlooks River Kabini. Guest can also savor exquisite food at the riverside dining venue or can enjoy enchanting boat dining. There is also an activity centre for children, parking, infinity swimming pool, travel desk, laundry service and doctor on call facility.
Room Features: The rooms in the resort have ethnic furniture and tribal patterned furnishings. Each hut is designed with tribal Kadu kuruba architecture. The Pool Huts come with a large living and dining area, a grand bedroom, a bathroom with a courtyard, and a private swimming pool. The open-courtyard-style Jacuzzi Huts have features like living room with inner courtyard, bedroom in addition to a sit out and private courtyard with jacuzzi.
Aman-i-Khas is amongst the finest boutique hotels in Rajasthan. Taking the legends of Maharajas’ hunting parties to altogether on a new height with its 10 luxe tents, butler service and the chance to spot a Bengal beast in the wild, the resort is indeed the best luxury resort in Ranthambore. Click here to book room.
Hotel Features: This luxury retreat offer splendid services like Personal batman (butler), Spa Tent offering massages, scrubs, facials and traditional henna art. All the amenities here are at its best and are also a call away. The Dining Tent has one large communal table and several smaller settings, but dinner is just as often served outside beside the fire. Traditional Rajasthani cuisine and continental dishes are available and most of the meals are created using vegetables and herbs grown in the camp’s own organic garden.
Room Features: The resort offers tented accommodation with towering six-metre-high canopies, chic interiors, sunken marble bath tubs and custom-made teak furniture. Curtains divide each enormous tent into sections /rooms. Free WiFi, king-size bed, sitting and dining area, rain shower and separate soaking tub are available.
Situated just outside Periyar Tiger Reserve, Spice Village is one of a kind of resort in India. An unprecedented place, the resort is established with a view to pay respect to the environment. It is a nature lovers’ paradise that allow the guests to fill their lungs with clean mountain air and relish the mild fragrance of spices like cinnamon and cloves. The resort provides every comfort a traveller could wish for – luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering cuisine and warm hospitality. Click here to book room.
Hotel Features: Apart from all the basic amenities like a conference hall and games room, complete with table tennis, carom and chess boards, and a floodlit outdoor badminton court. The highlight of the resort is a garden that has a rich array of spice trees. Each plant is carefully marked (given the English and Latin names), and there is even a botanist at hand to answer any question. The resort also has an Ayurvedic Centre and provisions for water safari, forest trek and cookery demonstration.
Room Features: The rooms in the resort are spacious and are adorned terracotta tiled floors, wooden beds and chairs (To preserve the environment, the furniture has been crafted using pine from Cochin’s historic docks), and whitewashed walls. Telephone, fan, en suite bathroom with hot running water, and an efficient laundry service are available. A restaurant with a buffet system serves a wide range of traditional Indian and international cuisines.
Built in the place of Anantvan Wildlife Resort, Samode Safari Lodge is an idyllic resort amidst the serenity of the sprawling forest. It is one of the best luxury wildlife resorts in India that is reckoned to have been established with a purpose of offering complete rejuvenation and holistic experience to its guests. The thrilling ambiance of being surrounded by the rich wildlife also adds to the charm of this resort.
Hotel Features: Samode offers all the state-of-the-art facilities to the guests making their holiday a memorable one. The hotel has prompt Doctor on Call, Safari Tours, Laundry, Car Rental and Travel Desk facilities. The in-house restaurant offers mouthwatering cuisines to the guests which will surely pamper the taste buds. Barbecues around a campfire, dinning out along the bushes, poolside meals, romantic dining in the privacy of one’s own chalet are some exclusive services offered in the lodge. Expert naturalists at the lodge guide the guests about the park’s wildlife wealth. The resort also has a well-stocked library, a recreation room, an art gallery and a swimming pool. A fully-equipped spa allows guests to combine wildlife experience with the therapeutic benefits of a modern spa.
Room Features: The resort has 12 spacious independent villas, each of which overlooks the beautifully landscaped greenery around. Each villa has an elegant living area, lounge, bedroom, en-suite bathroom, dressing room, an open air bath court and a private verandah.
Located at the edge of Gir Forest, Taj Gateway Hotel Gir is an ideal place for wildlife holidays. Overlooking the beautiful Hiran River and surrounded by forest, the resort’s location is a boon for the guests. The hotel is known to provide a rejuvenating experience with best of its services and hospitality.
Hotel Features: The hotel provides all the modern amenities that are required for a comfortable stay. Fitness centre, swimming pool and spa are available in the resort along with an open-air library lounge, children’s activity centre and games room. Banquet hall and boardroom are provided to the guests with all necessary equipments. GAD, the in-house restaurant serves scrumptious cuisine.
Room Features: The resort features spacious and well-equipped rooms. LCD Television, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee maker, mini bar, electronic safe, private washroom and others are some important in-room amenities. Every room offers a beautiful view of the forest and Hiran River.
Set amidst the mango orchards is the Corbett Leela Vilas. Apparently one of the finest resorts near Corbett National Park, Corbett Leela Vilas ensures a perfectly relaxed stay for the guests. The resort is an ideal wildlife getaway for wildlife lovers as the guests are offered the best of services amidst the thrilling forest. Click here for Tripadvisor reviews.
Hotel Features: This resort ensures complete comfort to its guests. The range of basic amenities include room service, front desk, housekeeping daily, 24-hour security, laundry service, doctor on call, pickup and drop to the railway station, travel desk, parking and recreation hall. For recreation, the resort offers a swimming pool with separate pool for children and indoor games like pool table, table tennis and carom board. The resort also has a multi cuisine restaurant which offers Indian, Chinese and continental dishes to its guests.
Room Features: The resort offers a range of designed luxury cottages with wooden flooring and mud-tiles on the roof. The well-appointed cottages are provided with amenities such as air-conditioning, LCD TV, mini bar, tea coffee maker, telephone, safe, hot & cold water, jacuzzi, rain shower, fine linen, hair dryer and heater facility.
Comparatively a new luxury resort in proximity to Kaziranga Park, Kaziranga Resort is an ideal way to give the wildlife tour a good start. Offering option for camping with first class comfort with personalized services, this resort has opened with a very fresh approach. It possess a distinct style and offers warm hospitality through its location, architecture, design and excellent services.
Hotel Features: The resort is equipped with all the amenities that make the stay of the guests memorable. Services like laundry and dry cleaning service, travel assistance – various sightseeing options, adventurous treks, jeep safari, elephant safari, traditional folk dance and traditional foods are available for guests on special request.
Room Features: The resort offers 3 Executive Rooms 2 Premium Cottages and 3 Deluxe Rooms. Each room in the resort is well furnished, spacious and equipped with modern amenities to ensure that guests have a comfortable and memorable stay.
Located in serene Jamespore Village of Satjalia Island, Sunderban Mangrove Retreat is situated at the edge of mangrove forest. A luxurious eco-friendly resort, the resort offers its guest a bucolic surrounding and the view of wide spread Pichkhali riverside. The resort has been established to show through example the importance of eco-tourism and its positive effect on masses. It promotes preserving and regenerating valued and multi-faceted natural resources of mangrove forest.
Hotel Features: The resort offers all the basic services for a comfortable stay of its guests. Keeping in view that the resort promotes eco-tourism; several features that hamper the environment are avoided by the resort.
Room Features: The rooms in the resort are in the form of mud huts with thatched roofs. Each room is well-equipped and has all possible amenities to keep the guests comfortable and at ease.
Set amidst the surreal forest and far away from the unnecessary hustle and bustle of the city, The Serai is a great way start to the wildlife tour to Bandipur National Park. The resort offers the opportunity to maximize the thrill of being at the heart of a rich wildlife reserve. Ensuring a comfortable stay by offering impeccable services and warm hospitality, the Serai is the right place to book for best experience.
Hotel Features: The resort along with offering basic amenities provide guests with facilities like wild safari, conference facilities, body treatments, game room, gift shop, massage services and banquet facilities. The guests can also celebrate special occasion and parties at the elite banquet hall.
Room Features: The resort has 24 rooms that are divided into four categories: Mountain View Courtyard, Mountain View Courtyard Superior, Mountain View Log Hut and The Residence. All the rooms have wooden or stone-tiled floors and French glass windows. Every room has a large a bathing area and decent sit out area, from where the blue hills beyond the dense forests can be viewed. LCD, Telephone and safe offers utmost expediency to the guests. They also get access to some other amenities like umbrellas, hair dryers and mosquito repellants.
Enjoying its secluded location along the Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, the Blackbuck Lodge boasts an unforgettable wildlife vacation. The resort offers unsurpassed luxury in the middle of an engaging forest. The Lodge spreads across 70 acres and consists of luxury villas; exclusive dining area; proximity to the Velavadar National Park, historic places of Gujarat and the indigenous wild life. The secluded setting is ideal for family reunions and vacations and weekend getaways.
Hotel Features: The resort offers all the major amenities required to make the stay comfortable. The highlight of the resort is the arrangement exclusive meal venues. The most popular venue would be among old trees and bushes beside a water body. The resort has a natural history library, cycling facility on request and open shower. The waterfront facing glassed-in dining room, the proposed new pool and spa, the water bodies and a look-out point on a mound from where the guest can view some wildlife.
Room Features: The resort has 14 cottages, each with an ensuite bedroom and bath, sitting area and a deck looking out to the exquisite beauty of the Savannah. The interiors are the right blend of the rustic and contemporary elegance. Wildlife pictures, including original illustrations have been placed each room. There is also a bath-garden where the guests can shower under the sun or stars, in absolute privacy provided by the cottage walls. Each room has a phone, fridge, tea-coffee maker, hair-dryer, high quality bath linen and robes, and luxury toiletries including disposable loofah, slippers, shower caps, shampoos, conditioners and soaps of reputed brands.
Hotel Taj Garden Retreat talks about the finest luxury stay in India. Offering an incredible blend of modern and traditional services and ambiance, this resort is yet another best place for wildlife luxury stay in India. Far from the maddening crowd, the resort offers villas with thatched roof villas that fit right with surroundings of the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Rich in comfort, this retreat offers complete relaxation and tranquility.
Hotel Features: The resort offers facilities like laundry service, 24-hour facsimile/copier facilities, car rental, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers, medical facilities, conferences and swimming pool. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves scrumptious meals. Bonfire bar, badminton court, boat rides on lake Periyar for game viewing, jungle treks, visits to spice plantations, Ayurvedic oil massage, nature library, indoor games and model tree house for children are also the important features in the resort.
Room Features: The resort has 32 centrally air-conditioned rooms. The rooms are in cottages built on stilts, with private sit-outs. Room facilties include international direct dial facility, mini-bar, and channel music and colour television with satellite programs. All rooms are air conditioned, spacious and comfortable with fine wood decor and beautiful natural fabrics.
Chandra Mahal Haveli in Bharatpur is known for its splendour and royalty. This haveli style resort greets the guests with its warm hospitality and state-of-the-art facilities. The carved Haveli doors transport one back in time, while the proximity from the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary keeps one simultaneously engaged in the beauty of nature. Chandra Mahal Haveli is a great way to enjoy the wildlife holiday in India.
Hotel Features: Chandra Mahal Haveli offers a good blend of leisure and business amenities to the guests for a relaxing stay. The basic amenities provided by the resort are room service, internet, 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, baby sitting, travel desk, 24-hour security, parking and a doctor on call. Amenities for rejuvenation like Jacuzzi, massage services, beauty salon and pool are also made available by the resort. The in-house restaurant serves delectable cuisine while the coffee-shop is an ideal place to relax a quiet time.
Room Features: The resort offers standard room and suites to its guests. Each room is well-appointed with antique furniture. The wooden flooring in the rooms enhances the overall appeal of the rooms. Amenities like air conditioning, colour television, internet access, minibar, safe, telephone, in-room menu, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and writing desk are available for a comfortable stay.
The Tusker Trail Resort near Bandipur Wildlife Reserve provides ample opportunities to connect with nature. Offering a carefree ambiance that too in the middle of the forest, the resort gives its guests to admiring the beauty of the nature. At Tusker Trail resort, the guests are provided with facilities which can bring an element of charm to the entire visit to the arena of Bandipur.
Hotel Features: The resort is equipped with all the amenities that make the stay of the guests memorable. There are safaris for the forest both at the dawn and dusk. The special attractions of the resort are the barbeque evenings, elephant rides, trekking and other indoor activities. The resort offers e a large swimming pool, spa and conference facilities.
Room Features: The resort has 25 lavish rooms in three exclusive categories of The Windflower Suite, The Windflower Villa and The Wildflower Studio. Each room has a private sit-out area and guests can enjoy watching forest canopy through the glass skylights in the shower.
Sherbagh is a Forest friendly resort that is situated at a short distance from the famed Ranthambore National Park. Sher Bagh is believed to be the first camp and is situated on the periphery of the National Park. The premise of the resort is based on the need to conserve the delicate balance between man and nature and show through example, how tourism can be constructive.
Hotel Features: The resort offers tented accommodation and all the basic amenities that are required for a leisurely stay. The resort has a lounge verandah and a reading room. Ayurvedic Massages are also available on request. The resort has a special boutique called Pugmark, where the guests can indulge into shopping. There is even a Helipad available. The resort also arranges special evenings and meetings with conservationists who have dedicated their lives to Ranthambhoreand its animals.
Room Features: The resort has 12 luxurious bedroom tents with attached verandahs and bathrooms, a dining tent, a café. These tents were used on hunting expeditions.
A thematic resort, Periyar wildlife sanctuary is located within the wildlife sanctuary. The hotel has simple yet stylish cottages that are set in beautiful landscaped gardens that have all the amenities for modern living. Muthoot Cardamom County has contemporary style and serves as an excellent value for money. The location of the resort is also convenient for making trips to Periyar.
Hotel Features: Along with all the basic amenities, the resort is equipped good swimming pool, superb Ayurvedic center and a rooftop yoga room. The resort has a multi cuisine restaurant that is simply the gourmet’s delight. Muthoot Cardamom County has an ideal location for business and pleasure seeking tourists. It has a massive conference hall that can accommodate up to 250 people.
Room Features: This resort has 30 well appointed cottages comprising of 29 deluxe cottages and one suite cottage. The cottages have modern architecture and European-style bathrooms. A beautiful view of the Kumily hills is also visible from the sit-out of the cottages.
Situated on the main Bharatpur-Fatehpur Sikri Road, Udai Vilas Palace is only 1 km from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The hotel is spread over 2 acres of verdant land and offers unmatched services. The hospitable staff caters to all the needs of the guests and takes utmost care of the guests. Set amidst the nature, the resort allows guests to contemplate nature and realize its mighty worth.
Hotel Features: The resort has all the basic facilities to make the stay a pleasant experience. The resort features a multi-cuisine restaurant where you Chinese, Continental, Mughlai and Rajasthani delicacies are served. There is also a well-stocked bar where the guests can spend evenings enjoying selected wines and beers. Special cultural programs and theme dinners for the guests are organized. The hotel also arranges for guided tours to the bird sanctuary as well the town of Bharatpur.
Room Features: The resort has 20 Deluxe Rooms and 4 Super Deluxe Rooms. The rooms are tastefully appointed and feature all the modern amenities like air-conditioning, television with satellite programs, direct dial telephone facility, mini bar/fridge and attached bathroom with bathtub and hot and cold running water.
Maneland Jungle Lodge is set amidst the nature to help the guests experience the thrill of the forest. Matching the aesthetics of the area and styled by local material and construction techniques, this resort is something to look forward to while booking a stay at Gir National Park.
Hotel Features: The hotel provides basic facilities such as phone service, transportation, daily housekeeping, front desk, and 24-hr security, and laundry, doctor on call, internet, banquet facilities, travel desk and parking. A restaurant which serves delicious vegetable cuisine that are cooked from home grown and farm fresh vegetables. Tasty Non-Veg Cuisines also prepared. Trained naturalist give slide shows and other related information on the flora and fauna of The Gir can also be arranged on prior intimation. The resort also has a landscaped swimming pool with children section. Banqueting with conference facilities for up to 30 people and a small library having a variety of books on wild life are also available along with the facility of indoor games.
Room Features: All rooms have attached modern bathrooms with running cold water. Hot water is available during the morning time.
Set amidst the nature, Tuli Tiger Corridor makes one feel that one is camping out in the jungle itself. The resort comes with a natural lake in the premises, which further enhances the staying experience. A completely thematic resort, Tuli Tiger is a comfortable and apt place to enjoy a memorable wildlife vacation.
Hotel Features: The resort offers basic amenities like room service, 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, parking, travel desk and 24-hour security.
Room Features: The resort offers rooms that are well equipped with all the modern facilities. There are lake facing rooms that are popular amongst guests.
Offering a unique countryside experience, Tree House Hideaway makes one feel closer to nature. The quiet ambiance makes for the ideal escape from the usual city grind. A stay in these specially crafted tree houses, where the hospitality is premium is an experience that is worth treasuring.
Hotel Features: The resort offers basic amenities like room service, 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, parking, travel desk and 24-hour security. Guests can enjoy delectable Indian, continental and barbeque meals at the dining hall and enjoy quality drinks at the bar known as Watering Hole.
Room Features: The resort offers accommodation in the form of Deluxe Rooms and AC Tree Houses. Truly spacious and well-appointed, these rooms and houses are apt for a home-like stay. The woody decor and earthy colours ensures a soothing stay. Some of the facilities offered in the rooms are air conditioning, mini bar and telephone.
Located at the edge of Pench National Park, Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge is a premium luxury resort that serves its guests with utmost care. Offering tented accommodation, the resort help guests to enjoy the thrill of staying amidst the forest. The caring staff renders over the top hospitality and ensures that everything falls in places for the guests.
Hotel Features: The hotel provides basic facilities such as phone service, transportation, daily housekeeping, front desk, and 24-hr security, and laundry, doctor on call and internet. There is an interactive kitchen at Baghvan in the dining area, where guests are encouraged to learn cooking. It is further complemented by warm services and delicious international as well as Indian cuisines.
Room Features: The resort offers 12 deluxe safari style canvas tents housed on permanent foundation, which means only 24 guests, can be accommodated at one time.
Wildgrass Lodge provides a premium wildlife holiday in Assam. The resort promises a never before like experience, once you are inside the lodge, you are away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life and confines of a routine life. The lodge is gracefully designed and the panoramic view of the jungle forms its backdrop. The lodge itself is surrounded by a private area which shelters many types of butterflies, flowers and birds.
Hotel Features: The hotel provides basic facilities such as phone service, transportation, daily housekeeping, front desk, and 24-hr security, and laundry, doctor on call, internet, banquet facilities, travel desk and parking. Camping facilities in the precincts of the lodge is also available.
Room Features: Wild Grass Lodge offers 18 well decorated rooms and 2 jungle lodges that are constructed in such a way that to keep the hustle and bustle away from the guest and ensure privacy.
The River View Retreat is as a beautiful wildlife resort, which is located amidst the tranquil surroundings of nature. The lodge has been designed beautifully so as to compliment the abundant flora and fauna. Having a refreshing ambience, the resort is a perfect spot for a comfortable stay coupled with various adventure activities.
Hotel Features: The hotel provides basic facilities such as phone service, transportation, daily housekeeping, front desk, and 24-hr security, and laundry, doctor on call, internet, banquet facilities, travel desk and parking. It also offers a conference hall, which is reckoned to be the largest in the Kumaon region with advanced audio/visual equipment. For the adventure seekers various activities such as jeep, elephant and horse safaris, bird watching, rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, slithering, river crossing, cycling and angling are organized by the resort. Spa services, health treatments, body treatments and steam and sauna bath are also available here. Recreational activities like cultural programs, wildlife movies, indoor & outdoor games like table tennis, carom, darts, chess, volley ball, badminton and cricket are also offered. There is a nature shop and a library in the premises along with three restaurants Gole Ghar, Jim’s Grill and Gurney House.
Room Features: The resort offers clean, comfortable and elegant rooms. Each room is equipped with various modern facilities like telephone, laundry bag, luggage space, in-room menu, safe, heater and refrigerator.
We hope that this list of wildlife luxury resorts was able to help you choose the right place to stay at the national park/wildlife reserve of your choice. If you think that we have missed out on any resort that deserved to be in this list, please feel free to suggest the names in the comment box below.
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