Bandipur Jungle Lodges Bandipur
Started in 1980, Jungle Lodge Resorts group is a Public-private partnership (PPP) of the Karnataka government and Tiger Tops. This is the first eco-tourism venture in India, and they have many branches in exotic locations of Karnataka. I stayed at one of them which is in Bandipur. It is in a serene area near the jungles of Bandipur and organizes ethical safari tours for boarders. The packages are at the per-person level including lodging, meal and safari. We booked a twin-sharing room and were pleasantly surprised to see they were independent cottages in the lap of nature.
Each the cottage was named after an animal found in Bandipur forest and had exquisite wall paintings of the same. Rooms are clean and spacious but do not have Television or air-conditioners. However, because of the way they are built and the green cover of the surroundings, we never felt hot inside the room, even in summer. They provide three meals per day, and evening snacks. I loved the quality of food, thought options are limited. There is a hammock outside each cottage but beware of the monkeys around. As a part of the basic safari package we also got a chance to enjoy a documentary about the life of a tigress in the Bandipur jungle.