God’s own country – Kerala is a land of rivers, beaches, valleys, mountains and ever green forests with rich fauna and flora. The biodiversity in the jungle of Kerala has been registered with great importance among the world’s jungle map. The deciduous & indigenous plants, shrubs, trees, wild animals, birds, butterflies, moths and reptiles contribute towards the complete jungle life. The Western Ghat mountain ranges are famous for mountaineering, rock climbing, wild life safaris and nature walks. The forest area in Kerala is around 11,125 sq km and it host 5 National Parks and 13 wild life sanctuaries. Tourists explore the jungles of Kerala to closely watch the animals and birds and observe their life in the wild habitat. Many resorts are built in the natural habitat of forest area that presents a peaceful and tranquil stay which is filled with fun and adventure to the tourists. These resorts are eco friendly and some of the resorts have stay on tree tops in tree houses that provide a unique feel to the guests. Munnar is the premium hill station in Idukki district of Kerala state which is situated at 1600mts above the sea level and famous for Forest Resort Stay Kerala. Wayanad district in Kerala stands near the Western Ghats and dense forest and waterfalls are the main attractions here. Top 10 Jungle resorts in Kerala are Periyar House – Thekkady, Parambikulam Resorts – Anamalai, Wild Life Resorts – Wayanad , Chandana Royal Resorts – Munnar, Dream Catcher Resort – Munnar, Lakkidi Village Resort – Wayanad, Emerald Western Ghats Resorts –Wayanad, Rangerwood Periyar Resort – Thekkady, Wild Planet – Nilgiris and Hiliya Resort – Wayanad. The abundance of lush green forest and hills and valleys offers the tourists a memorable stay in the natural habitat and enjoy the wild life.
Periyar House, Thekkady
Periyar House at Thekkady belongs to KTDC and it is located inside the Periyar Wild life sanctuary. It provides a budget stay for tourists and offers a stay in the natural habitat of the jungle. The nearest airport Madurai is 140km and railway station Kottayam is 114km from this jungle lodge. Kumily is the nearest town at 4km distance and it has a bus terminal for tourists. The Periyar Tiger Reserve safari offers sights of elephant, sambar deer, barking deer, bison, wild boar, tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog and various kinds of birds. The Periyar house resort has suite, Superior, Deluxe and Avenue in room categories and 44 rooms in total for guests. A multi cuisine restaurant, Ayurveda therapy center, an open air badminton court, recreation room, bicycles on rent and travel and boating assistance are the main activities in the resort. A conference hall is also available that can accommodate 100 people in theatre style. The nearby plantation town Kumily is very popular for spice trade and shopping. Mangala Devi temple, Tribal Museum at Kumily, Periyar Tiger interpretation centre at Thekkady is the major attractions in the close vicinity. The activities in the Periyar house surroundings include wildlife boat cruises on the Periyar Lake, bamboo rafting, nature walk, trekking, elephant rides, jungle patrol, bullock cart journey, plantation tours and tea factory visits. The Periyar Sanctuary gets closed by 5pm and last boat trip leaves by 3pm hence guests needs ensure to reach before the closing time to enjoy the facilities.
Parambikulam Resorts, Anamalai
Parambikulam Resorts are managed by Great Hornbill wildlife tourism and located at Anamalai in Pollachi. The nearest airport Cochin is 169km from the resort. There are different packages for guests and the stay is arranged in Top slip, Island nest, Heritage buildings, tree top huts, tent cottages and bear huts. The packages includes bird watching, trekking, bamboo rafting, guided tour by a Naturalist, own vehicle wild life safari, visits to tribal huts and the booking differs with or without food according to package selected. The capacity of people also varies as per the package selected. There are some packages available for the day visitors to explore the forest area by walking. The Kariyanshola trekking package by foot starts and ends at Anappady and covers 6km trek to Rock point, Kariyanshola and Teak plantation on the way. This trail passes through the medicinal plants and orchids in the lush green forests. The Tiger Valley trail is to trace the route of the might cat in the forest – The Tiger. This is also a trip by foot and other wild animals may also be spotted in the journey. The pug mark tour is at Anappady and passes through Seechali, Seechali Bridge – No.1 Tunnel and covers 6km in the forest. Another trail package is called as Leopards Trail and it is a journey to explore the Sloth bear habitat. This tour starts from the Peruvaripallam dam site and moving through the Kannimara teak, Thunacadavu and ends at Anappady covering 8km distance. Wild animals like Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Guar, Sambar, Spotted deer are also spotted on these expeditions. Indra Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Annamalai Tiger Sanctuary, Valparai town visit, Manasiamman temple, Amaravati Dam & Crocodile Park, Palani temple are the major attractions in the locality.
Wild Life Resorts, Wayanad
Wild Life resort located at Tholpetty in Wayanad district is one among the best Jungle resorts in Kerala. The nearest airport is Kozhicode (Calicut) at a distance of 125km from the resort. Tholpetty wild life sanctuary is at a walkable distance from the resort. Ten spacious cottages are available for stay. The resort activities include trekking in the forest, pepper & Coffee plantation visits, nature walks, river rafting, wildlife safari at Nagarhole and Tholpetty and bath in the holy Papanasini River at Thirunelly. The most prominent tourist attractions in Kerala – Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, Thirunelly temple, Pakshipathalam, Kuruva dweep, Nagarhole National park, Irippu waterfalls and famous Pazhassi tomb are the nearby the Wild life Resorts at Wayanad. Multi cuisine restaurant, children’s play park, swimming pool and indoor games are the amenities in the resort. Tourists enjoy the bliss and the wilderness of nature and indulge in adventures as they stay with Wild Life Resort.
Chandana Royal Resorts, Munnar
Chandana Royal Resort is located at Marayoor in Munnar. Coimbatore is the nearest airport at a distance of 113km from the resort. The deluxe and suites are the room categories in the resort. They arrange cultural entertainment shows for guests. Guided sightseeing trips and camp fire are arranged as per requirement. Indoor and outdoor conference facilities, dormitory, self cooking facility, kids play park, ayurvedic treatments in the Dhanwanthari center are the major amenities in Chandana Royal Resorts. The Marayoor sugar cane, sandal woods, spices and sculptures are famous and many varieties of herbs are also found here. Muniyaras – ancient rock caves used to preserve the embalmed bodies are seen here. Thoovanam waterfalls at Marayoor carries the essences of herbs on the banks of river Pamba and this is one of the three rivers in Kerala that flows to the eastern direction. Trekking to the Thoovanam waterfall is an adventurous activity for tourists visiting here guided by experienced persons. Kanthalloor village is nearby and famous for paddy cultivation, vegetables and apples and oranges. Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Anamudi Peak, Amaravathy Crocodile Park, Thirumurthi dam, Ezhuthala are the major attractions in Marayoor. Marayoor is very famous for Lemon grass oil and Jaggery and tourists experience the production process by visiting the factories. Nilgiri Tahr is commonly sighted in the neighbouring locality of Chandana Royal Resorts at Munnar. Chandana Herbal Palace is an integral part of the resort and it follows the authentic ayurvedic treatments from Dhanwanthari Vydyasala. It functions in a Nalukettu in the resort premises. Rejuvenation packages and massages are arranged for guests as per choice. The eco tourism facilities available here are riverside trekking, dolmen trekking, medicinal garden visit, log house stays at Churulippetty, koottar and thoovanam, machans stay at koottar, karakkad, champakad and kombakkayam, Chinnar valley safari and Vasyappara hut camping.
Dream Catcher Resort, Munnar
Dream Catcher is a beautiful resort located at Munnar and spread across 20 acres of tea, cardamom and orange plantations. The nearest Cochin airport is 125km and Munnar town is 19km from here. Thekkady is Periyar National park is 90km from the resort. Fifteen rooms are available in Deluxe, Superior and Tree house category. The four tree houses are set at a height of 60 feet from the ground in the dense plantation. They are self contained rooms with magnificent view of the surrounding nature and the approaches to them are through staircase or hang bridge. The facilities include a multi cuisine restaurant, conference hall, kids play area, library and spa for guests. Eco tour, spice plantation visit, trekking, bird watching, butterfly watching, adventure tour, sightseeing, jungle safari, fishing, camp fire and barbeque are the main activities in the Dream Catcher resort. Eravikulam National park, Anamudi peak and Devikulam are the nearby attractions. Nilgiri Tahr, Atlas moth, Elephants, Sambar deer, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Tiger and Leopard are spotted frequently in Eravikulam national park. The Sita Devi Lake is 7km from Munnar and is a popular picnic spot and ideal for trout fishing. Ayurveda massage, medicated steam bath, spa treatments are available here. Honeymoon packages offered by the resort are inclusive of accommodation, welcome drink, candle light dinner, breakfast, cookies or homemade chocolates, fruit basket, decorated honeymoon cake, flower bed and Badam milk during the two nights stay.
Lakkidi Village Resort, Wayanad
Lakkidi Village is a jungle resort with lovely honeymoon cottages located at Lakkidi in Wayanad district. It is the highest picnic spot and surrounded by lush green forest and natural streams that presents a marvelous stay to residents. Calicut is the closest airport at 79km and railway station at 62km from the resort. Kalpetta is the nearest town at 13km from here. Lakkidi village in Wayanad gets the highest degree of rainfall in Kerala and it holds the second place in the world. 30 independent cottages, 52 rooms in royal, deluxe and executive categories are available in the resort. Pillar cottages set on tall pillars are the speciality here that provides a feel of tree top house with balconies attached. The swimming pool in the property is placed next to a waterfall and natural stream. Multi cuisine restaurant, Ayurvedic spa, swimming pool, indoor games, badminton court, dart, table tennis and conference hall are the amenities in the resort. Camp fire, guided trekking, Lakkidi view point visit, boating in Pookkot Lake are the activities for guests. Chembra peak, Pookot Lake, Chain tree, Banasura sagar dam, Kanthanpara waterfalls, Soochipara (Sentinel Rock) waterfalls, Meenmutty waterfalls, Edakkal cave, Chethalayam waterfall, Pakshipathalam, Pazhassi Raja Tomb, Kuruva island and Muthanga wild life sanctuary are the nearby attractions. The resort assists for the travel arrangements for guests to these spots as per choice.
Emerald Western Ghats Resorts, Wayanad
Emerald Western Ghats resort is located inside the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary and famous as a jungle resort in Wayanad. Visitors can enjoy the wildlife here. Calicut is the nearest airport at 122km and Sultan Bathery town is 12km from the resort. The resort is spread across 6 acres of land and closely located to Calicut-Mysore highway. Ten rooms are available in four well equipped cottages and they are furnished traditionally. Bamboo hut, Tree house, Sparrow cottage, Nightingale cottage, Myna Cottage, Swallow cottage and Tiger Cave cottages are the different room categories here. A trench separates the forest & resort and the climate remains pleasant throughout the year as it is inside the wildlife sanctuary. The facilities include animal watch tower, multi cuisine restaurant, coffee shop, volleyball court, walkway aside forest, badminton court; children play area and outdoor conference facility. Jungle safari, trekking, fishing, archery, bird watching, animal watching, chicken barbecue, camp fire and hookah are the major activities in Emerald Resorts.
Rangerwood Periyar Resort, Thekkady
Rangerwood is a luxury jungle resort closely located to Periyar Lake and reserve forests. The resort has two jungle tree houses that provides a luxurious stay and offers a spectacular experience of wildlife to guests. The Rangerwood Machan tree houses are equipped with all modern amenities and they are ideal for adventurous people to experience the beauty of the jungle. The twin tree house bedrooms are built adjacent to each other with separate entrances and offer maximum privacy to the residents. The stair cases are made of bamboo & wood to reach the room at a height of 30 feet from ground. The property is protected from the Periyar Tiger Reserve by a tall and strong net fencing. Swimming pool, recreation areas, gym, party hall, conference hall are the amenities here. The vast variety of birds sighted from the balconies make Rangerwood an Ornithologists haven. Boating & bamboo rafting in the Periyar Lake, Nature walk in the woods, Tiger trail in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, border hiking & Thekkady sightseeing, jeep expedition through the forest and spice plantations, elephant ride through the spice plantations, and spice tour are organized in the resort as per choice. A multi cuisine restaurant is located in the vicinity of the swimming pool and serves continental, north & south Indian, and Kerala special dishes. ‘Ayur Thejus’ – The Ayurvedic section offers traditional therapies and massages along with a pharmacy to cater the medicinal needs of residents. The major treatments offered here are related to spine care, rejuvenation and body purification therapy, stress management, psoriasis and arthritis. Dhanwanthari oil, a mixture of forty eight herbs is used for massages and therapies. Stay in Rangerwood Periyar Resort is described as jungle retreat Kerala.
Wild Planet, Nilgiris
Wild Planet jungle resort is located at Devala in Nilgiris, near the border of Wayanad hills and Mudumalai tiger reserve. This Indian eco lodge is set in 100 acres of land about 1300m above the sea level. The property is surrounded by Western Ghat tropical forest about 3300sq.km. Nilgiris hill station is famous for its tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Calicut is the nearest airport at a distance of 94km from the resort. Considering the safety measures of the guests the entry to the resort is restricted after 6pm due to the animal movements and forest conditions. Hill top cottages, valley view cabin and jungle log house are the accommodations in the resort. The jungle log house is arranged at a secluded location in the property at a distance of 750meters from the main cottages and best suited for adventurous people. Jungle tour in open-air vehicle, angling in natural lake, trekking and trail trips are the main activities conducted for residents in Wild Planet.
Hiliya Resort, Wayanad
Hiliya Resort is set in the middle of acres of organic farm in the center of Wayanad district. The property is on the bank of a small river that passes through the tropical forest affluent in wildlife. A traditional heritage bungalow and cottages are the accommodations here and it is also known as farm stay or heritage bungalow. The tree house in Hiliya resort is an ideal place for the honeymoon couples and adventure lovers. Eco tourism is promoted here and the natural resources are preserved. Many varieties of butterflies, birds like myna, and woodpecker are often sighted in the locality. Cardamom, coffee, vanilla, pepper, areca nut, fruit trees, rubber, coconut, ginger and vegetables are cultivated in the Hiliya organic farm. Intercropping, mulching and integration of crops are practiced in the farm. Solar energy water heaters, rain harvest ponds, organic waste recycling are some of the measures taken towards the preservation of nature. The organic farm products are sold to the tourists throughout the year. Guests are invited to join and enjoy the farming activities like rubber tapping, coffee plucking, pollinating vanilla beans, manuring and weed clearing. Bamboo benches and fishing rods are arranged at the river shore. The Kerala food items are served mainly to the guests. Badminton court and indoor games are available for residents