A state known for stunning hill towns, scenic beaches, and coffee plantations, Karnataka is also famous for its luxury hospitality industry. The best Jungle resorts in Karnataka offer a tranquil getaway surrounded by misty mountains, valleys & picturesque sunsets.
From private sundecks to open-air Jacuzzi’s & courtyards, these resorts offer a comfortable stay for couples, families, and friends. The unique luxurious facilities of the Jungle resorts have attracted many towards the Southern state. So, if you are planning to travel to Karnataka, here is a list of the best jungle resorts this mainstream tourist destination has to offer.
1. Tamara, Coorg
Spread across 180 acres of land surrounded by coffee plantations, stunning sunsets & hills, the Tamara is a blend of luxury and nature. It is a setup that fulfills the desire for a rejuvenating vacation. The architecture of this eco-friendly resort is influenced by Tri Hita Karana, the traditional philosophy of life in Bali. Each of the 56 cottages is built on stilts overlooking the Coorg valley. Spread over four different categories, every cottage boasts a private sun deck, contemporary architecture coupled with modern amenities.
The Elevation Spa is a gateway to revitalize & detoxify the body with therapies and a traditional blend of Ayurvedic rituals. With a view of waterfalls, discover Coorg’s delicacy alongside Indian & International cuisines at the Falls. The Deck is an exclusive lounge bar that serves delicious cocktails mixed & made from premium spirits. Guests can also indulge in a private outdoor dining experience & coffee brewing session.
Price: INR 14,000 onwards
Location: Kabbinakad Estate, Yevakapadi, Napoklu Nad Madikeri
Amenities: Swimming pool, private sun deck & jacuzzi, Yoga temple, Elevation Spa, Multicuisine restaurant
Experiences: Forest therapy, Trekking, Plantation Tour, Bird watching, Outdoor gourmet dining, Blossom to Cherry
2. Red Earth, Kabini
Located on the backwaters of Kabini Dam, Red Earth is one of the forest resorts in Karnataka that captures the elements of luxury & solitude in its most real sense. Nestled amidst waterways & forests, the aspects of nature influence this setup. Red Earth also follows the philosophy of responsible & sustainable tourism. The cottages have been built with red mud, making sure almost all building material is eco-friendly. Each of the 20 cottages is surrounded by flowers & plants and has a private patio and an open-air jacuzzi.
The resort sources all its produce locally, paving the way for its organic restaurant, Poshini. The food served here is mostly North Indian, but it also dishes out food representing the Southern region. Located on a waterbody within the property, the wetlands bar boasts a snooker table alongside music, which helps people unwind. The Wonky Monkey Café overlooks Kabini and offers a dining experience under starry skies.
Price: INR 17,000 onwards
Location: Badane Kuppe, Via Antharasante, HD Kote Taluk, Mysore
Amenities: Organic food, Spa, Open-air jacuzzi, Weekly activity guide, Cycle, Swimming pool
Experiences: Jungle safari, Chorus walk, Zvaasthi spa treatments, Coracle ride
3. Windflower Resorts Spa
With no television, WIFI, cell-phone service, the Windflower is a tranquil getaway that aims to preserve the forest ecosystem. The resort features two categories- suites & cottages. Both types come with modern yet rustic features. Jungle suites have a private jungle facing patio, open shower. At the same time, indigenous designs influence the cottages, making it one of the best jungle resorts in Karnataka.
The Windflower boasts of a dining experience that ranges from local cuisine to live grill stations. The staff also caters to special requests such as-a private dining experience, bonfire, and a lavish breakfast spread. Emerge Spa offers Ayurvedic treatment/massage, stone therapies, all done using indigenous ingredients. Windflower also provides indoor and outdoor experiences for all its guests.
Price: INR 10,080 onwards
Location: Mangala village, Chamraj Nagar District, Bandipur
Amenities: Swimming pool, Spa, In-room dining, Campfire area, Multi-cuisine restaurant
Experiences: Plantation & nature walks, Bullock cart ride, Jungle Safari
4. Kaav Jungle Safari Lodge
Perched along the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary’s edge, Kaav is a safari lodge 4 hours away from Bangalore. It is a mix of luxury & solitude nestled in Kabini forest. The resort is flanked by Bandipur & Nagarhole National parks. Guests can experience a boat/jungle safari through a forest inhabited by over 250 species of birds. The woods are also filled with animals such as four-horned antelopes, bison, sloth bears, leopards, etc.
The luxury rooms reflect modern architecture coupled with natural elements, and it comes with a private balcony. The tent accommodation boasts of a private deck and an open-air bathtub in a luxurious jungle getaway. This resort also has an alfresco dining area that serves ‘home-cooked’ gourmet meals. It also has a wooden viewing deck that offers an uninterrupted view of Kabini.
Price: INR 18,000 onwards
Location: Malalli, Cross, PO, N.Belthur
Amenities: Common lounge, Viewing deck, Swimming pool, Barbeque & Bonfire
Experiences: Jungle safari, Boat safari, Jungle cycling, Coracle ride, Nature walk, Bird watching, Kayaking
5. Coorg Wilderness Resort
Nestled amidst the stunning hills & valleys of the Scotland of India, Coorg, this luxury resort brings you a step closer to the wilderness. The colonial type architecture has suites & rooms influenced by European/Victorian style. Keeping in mind the resort’s locale, each accommodation has an electric fireplace and heated bathroom floors. The rooms are perched atop natural slopes with large bay windows & private balconies offering a view of the lush green hills.
The resort boasts of a luxurious fine-dining experience. Vembanad serves rare coastal Kerala & Coorg specialties. Hunters lounge gives you the chance to unwind and enjoy a drink made with premium spirits. Habba, the all-day dining restaurant, dishes out global cuisines such as Indian, Pan Asian, American, Italian, and breakfast buffet. Such unique facilities make this place one of the best jungle resorts in Karnataka.
Price: INR 17,500 onwards
Location: Virajpet, Main, Mysore – Madikeri Rd, Madikeri
Amenities: Infinity swimming pool, Well-equipped gym, Minibar, Travel desk, Concierge, Electric fireplace
Experiences: Trekking, Telacauvery, Dubare elephant camp, Bylakuppe golden temple, Coffee plantations
6. Evolve Back, Kabini
Influenced by the Hadis or tribal villages design, the serene jungle resort offers each guest a wildlife experience flanked by the Kabini river on both sides. The resort architecture reflects a traditional & tribal Kadu kuruba style, which extends to the guest huts’ make. These huts come with a living & dining area coupled with a temperature-controlled swimming pool. The pool & safari huts come with a private courtyard setup with ethnic furniture & tribal patterned furnishings.
The resort has scenic facilities for a bookworm. It also has an Ayurvedic village for anyone who wants to unwind and rejuvenate the body. It has a fine-dining restaurant, Honey Comb, which serves gourmet International & regional cuisine. The Kuruba Grill serves delicious kebabs & grills in a setting overlooking the Kabini river. Evolve Back resort offers a unique candlelit boat-dining experience with a specially curated food & wine menu for you and your loved one.
Price: INR 28,000 onwards
Location: Beerambally, Karnataka
Amenities: Specialty restaurants, private courtyard, temp-controlled swimming pool, Reading lounge, Family pool
Experiences: Candlelight cruise, Ayurveda village, Boat safari, Night trails, Coracle ride, Jungle Safari, Traditional Kuruba tribal dance
7. The Bison Resort
The resort is the true definition of exclusivity in a jungle. African styled tents coupled with a host of personalized activities; this setup is located on the shores of Kabini river. From sitting around the bonfire to a romantic dinner in the jungle, the staff looks after your every need. The resort specializes in experiential travel, establishing itself as one of the best jungle resorts in Karnataka. Guests can see elephants grazing in the morning mist or spot the leopard from the observation deck.
It is the only African styled tented camp in South India. From full waterfront tents to the rustic machans & private bush tents, the accommodation has the feel of East-African camps & old hunting lodges. This is evident in the form of old cabin trunks, original antiques, wooden floors, and a rustic outdoor deck featuring a stunning view of the backwaters & forests.
Price: INR 13,804 onwards
Location: Gundathur Village, Karapura, Nisana Hobli, Heggadadevankote
Amenities: Outdoor showers, personal valets, bonfire, private dining area, lounge
Experiences: Bush dinner, Backwater breakfast, Night motorboat ride, Sunset boating, Jungle safari
8. The Serai, Bandipur
Located on the borderline of a scenic forest reserve, The Serai brings man & wildlife closer to each other with its setup. The locale of the resort houses one of the largest populations of endangered tigers in India. It is a paradise for both nature & wildlife enthusiasts, paving the way for visiting places such as Moyar river viewpoint, Bandipur tiger reserve, Ooty, etc.
Each room is influenced by contemporary architecture and features a private garden, verandah at the back. This makes it one of the most sought after forest resorts in Karnataka. It also has a hut raised on stilts with a wooden porch & a view of the hills. Dining options at the resort offer a picturesque view of the Nilgiris and an experience on the poolside’s outer-deck. Cleanse your body at the Oma Spa, a place that follows the philosophy of natural, back-to-earth wellness therapies & holistic techniques.
Price: INR 20,000 onwards
Location: Kaniyanpura Village, Mangala Post, Gundlupet, Taluk, Mysuru
Amenities: Private garden & verandah, outdoor dining, Breakfast, Wildlife documentary, Spa
Experiences: Guided mountain bike tour, Night trail, Evening & morning safari, Bonfire
9. Coorg Cliffs resort
Nestled amidst the mist draped mountains of Coorg, it is a forest stay in Karnataka that takes you on a journey through coffee plantations, paddy fields, etc. Some of the accommodation units have been built to mirror the traditional architecture of plantation bungalows. The rooms have state-of-the-art amenities such as a living area, private balconies, and a contemporary modular influence.
With a thoughtfully curated menu, Coorg Cliffs resort serves both North & South Eastern cuisine alongside desserts. Most of the ingredients & vegetables served are grown & sourced from an organic farm in the estate. The pool on this property is eco-sensitive and showcases a stunning view of the Western Ghats’ mountains, putting this property at par with the best jungle resorts in Karnataka. It is an excellent place for children as they have a host of play areas and things such as swings, slides, trampolines, etc.
Price: INR 7,840 onwards
Location: Hanchikad Estate, Pollibetta
Amenities: Breakfast, Gym, Specialty restaurant, Campfire, Coffee/Spices store, Game room, Spa (opening soon)
Experiences: Zipline, Nature walk, Fishing, Yoga, Cycling, Jeep drive, Night safari, Coffee plantation
10. Kabini River Lodge
The former hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore turned hotel is located close to Nagarahole National Park. It is a colonial estate surrounded by lush green forests filled with a wide variety of flora & fauna. The 54-acre property has cottages that have a simple yet contemporary architecture.
The jungle getaway has a river-facing dining area called Gol Ghar, which serves its guests a buffet of Continental, Indian & Chinese cuisine. With a choice of Ayurvedic treatments, people can subject themselves to therapies to relax and cleanse their bodies.
Price: INR 9735 onwards
Location: Jakkalli (N. Begur), Karnataka
Amenities: Buffet restaurant, Spa, Bar, Private patio, Major meals
Experiences: Boat & Jungle safari, Coracle ride, Bird watching, Campfire, Motorboat
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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi