Are you an overseas traveler whose love for wildlife knows no geographical boundaries? Do you love to live on the edge of thrill and excitement? For such spine shivering adventure, there is nothing better than the Indian wildlife sanctuaries. But a single day is not enough to feel the pulse of Indian wild. So it is advisable to plan your stay at wildlife resorts in India. Here you get a chance to study animals in their natural habitat. You can stare in the eyes of ‘Big Cats’ while riding an elephant or can take delight in the playful attitude of monkeys.
Today, more and more people are choosing these resorts for trekking, safari experiences and honeymooning. The best thing about these wildlife resorts and sanctuaries is that they are located within the periphery of popular wildlife sanctuaries such as Ranthambore National Park, Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park. Here’s a list of top 10 wildlife resorts in India with their location, accommodation details and special features.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore
Situated amidst the natural beauty of the wilds, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is one of the famous luxury resorts in the vicinity of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. It is owned and managed by the famous hotel chain ‘Oberoi Hotels and Resorts’ and is located a few minutes away from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. The watercourse and sun-kissed private decks give this resort a picture perfect setting. It is set within the 20 acres of lush green surroundings. The luxury resort offers accommodation in terms of Luxury Tents, each of which spans across 790 square feet of size and features a private sitting area. These tents feature large size four-poster beds, wooden floors, embellished canopies and showers. The guests are received and transferred via chauffer driven limousine.
Taj Mahua Kothi
Located within the precincts of the Bandhavgarh National Park, Taj Mahua Kothi, a part of Taj Group, is one of the best wildlife resorts in India. The name of this lodge draws inspiration from one of India’s most beautiful trees- the Madhuca Indica. It is located just 20 minutes away from the entrance of the Bandhavgarh National Park. Don’t feel surprised if you wake up to the melodious chirping of birds as the resort is located close to the park. The 12 luxury cottage suites, known as Kutiyas, are well-equipped with the best of modern amenities and flaunt tasteful décor.
Located close to the Kaziranga National Park, Kaziranga Resort, built in 2008, offers a heady mix of modern amenities, tasteful décor and standard services. The Kaziranga Resort offers 3 Executive Rooms, 2 Premium Cottages and 3 Deluxe Rooms. These rooms are spacious and come equipped with a range of modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves a range of delicious delicacies. The best time to visit here is from November to May.
Ranthambore Forest Resort
Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Ranthambore, Ranthamboore Forest Resort, spanned across 5 acres, offers 46 guest rooms equipped with state of the art amenities, multi-cuisine restaurant and a conference hall. These air-conditioned rooms are classified as 42 Deluxe Rooms and 4 Super Deluxe Rooms and offer beautiful views of a lush green garden. The Conference Hall has a capacity to accommodate 70 people in all.
Sunderban Mangrove Retreat
Situated in the Jamespore Village of Satjelia Island in West Bengal, Sunderban Mangrove Retreat is an eco-friendly and luxurious resort built under the aegis of Alliance Destinations Private Limited. The resort has 4 air-conditioned Executive Rooms, 8 air-conditioned double bedded cottages and 10 double-bedded huts. Besides, Sunderban Mangrove Retreat offers 2 motor-driven boats-M.B. Mandodari and M.B. Ranjhansho- each of which has 5 double-bedded cabins to accommodate 30 and 40 guests simultaneously. The Sunderban Mangrove Retreat offers special packages for sightseeing in Sunderban.
Udai Vilas Palace
Nestled amidst 2 acres of verdant greens and 1 kilometer away from Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Udai Vilas Palace offers a choicest range of 40 air-conditioned Deluxe Rooms classified as Single and Double and 10 Super Luxury Suites. The Luxury Suites are designed in colonial style and feature British style wardrobes and four column beds. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves a wide variety of Indian, Chinese, Continental and Rajasthani food and offers a seating capacity of 120 people. Other activities include visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Government Museum, village jeep safaris and shopping tours.
Corbett Leela Vilas
Located just 10 minutes away from the Corbett National Park, Corbett Leela Vilas is spanned across 2.5 acres of greenery encompassed by luscious mango orchards. It offers 12 luxury cottages equipped with state of the art amenities to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. Each cottage spans across an area of 850 square feet with wooden floorings and bucolic look. During evening, you can relax with the bonfires and bond with the family.
Dhikala Forest Lodge
Managed by the state forest department, Dhikala Forest Lodge is a forest hut located within the precincts of Corbett National Park. It has 32 rooms segregated into 6 wings, each of which has an attached bathroom and running hot water facility. On the other hand, this lodge has 2 dormitories, each comprising of 12 beds to relax and sleep. The lodge is enveloped by the solar fence to prevent wild animals from entering the place.
Located amidst 7-acres of verdant gardens, Tusker Trails is a property of the prestigious Club Mahindra. It features 6 cottages with double bedrooms and attached bathroom. There is a multi cuisine restaurant serving a la carte and buffet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other activities where guests can take delight include Jungle Safari, Nature Walk, Outdoor swimming pool and meeting rooms for conferences and special events.
Celebration Van Vilas
The Celebration Van Vilas is another popular wildlife resort located in close proximity to the Kanha National Park. Nestled by the Banjar River, it offers 25 air-conditioned rooms and 3 suites with attached bathroom. Besides, the Celebration Van Vilas offers private cottages, jeep safaris and garden picnics. For evening entertainment, you can catch a glimpse of the tribal dances and also opt for elephant safaris.
This completes the list of top 10 wildlife sanctuaries in India. Also find an extensive list of hotels in India by cities. India Profile offers online booking for wildlife resorts and hotel packages at affordable prices.