Western Ghats of India is one of the eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world. It runs along the western coast of India through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It houses thousands of species of flora and fauna. There are at least 325 species which are globally threatened that have found home in the Western Ghats.
The Ultimate List of Luxury Stays In Western Ghats
With the increasing curiosity and interest of wildlife and nature among the urban population, there are several luxury stays in Western Ghats established to cater to these demands. However, these properties have the responsibility of peaceful co-existence with the wildlife and nature. Here, we bring you the ultimate list of luxury stays in Western Ghats which will make you forget the chaos of urban life and take you to a peaceful and tranquil surroundings of nature.
These resorts/properties although located in the remote surroundings of nature, specialize in catering to the modern luxury to pamper it’s guests. These are great options for a weekend getaway or even a long vacation to soak in the lap of mother nature, lose track of time doing laid back things like taking a long walk or reading a book that you always wanted to but could not due to time constraints.
Without further ado, here are our recommendations for luxury stays in Western Ghats!
Bandipur Safari lodge is a luxury resort in the heart of Western Ghats of Karnataka in Bandipur wildlife sanctuary. If you are planning for a family trip or a romantic escape to the peaceful surroundings of Bandipur, this is one of the best options. It is perfectly placed in terms of accessibility as it is very near to the main road going through Bandipur National Park. This property is sorted out in terms of cleanliness and staff courtesy which is positive in most of the review forums. Wi-Fi is available but only in the office area. Safari is organized to Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary which promises a great experience and a chance to sight a …..Yes.. A Tiger!
The Serai Bandipur is one of the best mountain view resorts in Bandipur. Most of the rooms/suites available have a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. Brace yourself when you enter the property for a royal entry as there would be drum beats welcoming every guest. It is one of those de-stress places where you can unwind and spend quality time. If you love cycling, this place is a treat as bi-cycles are provided to guests using which one can roam around the property. By now even you must have known that The Serai Bandipur easily gives a tough competition to all other luxury stays in Western Ghats!
Vivanta By Taj – Madikeri is arguably one of the best luxury stays in Coorg. Madikeri is located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. This property offers a host of facilities in which one can indulge like the fitness center, Spa, beauty saloon etc. There are a lot of indoor and outdoor activities which include cooking, video gaming, bar-tending, trekking etc. It takes luxury to a altogether level. Worth every buck you spend on the stay.
Dholes Den is a small eco-friendly property but beautiful and well maintained. There are rooms and suites available both of which are clean and spacious offering a great view. Evening activities include documentary and bonfire. The warm fire in the chill of the evening offers a great experience. Since there are only 5 rooms in this property, the hospitality is great which is evident in the reviews of this property in different forums.
Sharoy Resort is one of the best luxury resorts in Wayanad which is located in the Western Ghats of Kerala. It is set on a slope overlooking the Banasura dam backwaters and the Banasura mountain range. The remote setup has modern luxury amenities. Gym, spa, library, game room, infinity pool, restaurant, car rental, concierge, luggage storage, and children play area, laundry, camp fire and barbecue are the facilities offered here. This resort is ideal for a romantic getaway for couples and family vacations.
How would you feel when you enter a resort to watch hundreds of deers grazing in the property, sight many different rare species of birds and maybe even see a Malabar Squirrel climbing a tree-top. All of this is visible in this property. Jungle Retreat is a luxury resort located in the Nilgiri mountain range of the Western Ghats which harbour numerous species of flora and fauna. The founders of Jungle Retreat believe in peaceful co-existence with wildlife and nature. One example is you see the swimming pool in the shape of a water hole which attracts leopards, wild bisons, deers, bear etc to the property in the night. The hospitality and food here is impeccable. There are a host of activities like bird watching, village walk, safari etc.
Chikmagalur is located in foothills of the Mullayyanagiri range in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. This luxury resort has many things to offer – archery, cycling, coffee walk, spa etc. From private rooms to villas having private pools and Jacuzzi, this property has to best to pamper yourself into deep relaxation. There is also a lounge bar which offers drinks. The Serai in Chikmaglur is one of the sought out luxury stays in Western Ghats which is evident from the top reviews from almost all booking websites!
Kodaikanal literally means “The Gift of the Forest”. It has a monsoon-influenced subtropical highland climate. The temperature is cool throughout the year which makes it one of the best options for summer retreat for tourists. The Carlton – Kodaikanal is one of the best 5 star hotels of Kodaikanal. The property spreads over acres and the property stands on the banks of the Kodaikanal lake which provides great views of the lake and surrounding landscape from the hotel rooms. Gym, library, spa, a host of indoor games and many outdoor activies are offered here. It is a great romatic getaway for a weekend.
Jungle Hut near Masinagudi is wonderful getaway from family outings. The cottages offer great stay experience. Jungle hut serve great food which is very evident in the reviews. Due to the advantage of its location, deer, leopards, birds and other wildlife are sighted in the property. We had been to Jungle Hut ourselves and check out our experience staying at this wonder in Western Ghats.
This 40 acre property is located in the Nilgiri region of the Western Ghats of Tamil nadu. It offers a great view of the surrounding landscape. The outdoor pool in the property is an impressive one. There are spacious and comfortable cottages available with modern amenities. The in-house restaurant offers great food.
Thippanahalli homestay is situated around 10 km from Chikmagalur. It is situated at an elevation of 4100 ft with a scintillating view of the Bababudangiri hills and the Mullayyanagiri peak which is the highest peak in Karnataka. There are 5 rooms in the property which are available for tourists. This property has recieved wonderful reviews from visiting tourists for its ambiance, food and comfort. Walk in the coffee plantations, trekking in the mountains, golfing and birdwatching are some of the activities this place has to offer.
This is an eco-friendly resort empassing 14 acres situated on a hillock overlooking the vast landscape of the Banasugar sagar backwaters. Wayanad Silverwoods is a luxurious, expansive, intimate, and exceptionally styled retreat for travelers looking for a relaxing and fulfilling time away from the hustle bustle of everyday life. Bird watching, trekking, tribal village visits, fishing and boating, Nature walk and cookery classes are some of the activities offered here.
Accord Highland Hotel has the distinction of being Ooty’s highest altitude hotel with a breathtaking view of the valley. Ooty is located in the Nilgiri Ghats. It is a popular summer destination and attracts tourists in large numbers due to its natural beauty. Highland Hotel Ooty occupying an area of 10 acres is a premier leisure hotel and has 49 beautifully well-appointed rooms and 4 suites.
If you feel that we have missed out a property which you genuinely vouch for, please leave comments below. We will consider adding it to this post if it is relevant.
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