Jungle Retreat Hotel

, Wayanad, India
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Jungle Retreat Hotel

, Wayanad

Rooms: 8

Thirunelli - Wayanad - 681234 - India Hotel Website | | 00919620310449
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Wild, wild wild!
Submitted by: Judy in 04/08/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Jungle Retreat was the favorite of 5 places we visited during our trip to India. The main reason was that it had a less commercial feel than the other places.

In particular we have to single out the staff and our hosts. They really made us feel like we were visiting the home of a close family friend. The view from the rooms was simply amazing. We had a private vehicle similar to a land rover the whole time which was very nice although I don't know if it is a standard policy. For the actual game rides, the animals seemed very relaxed than in other places like Nagarhole and for us that was a positive as it gave us ample chance to take some pictures, we had great animal sightings, but we did not see tigers or leopards. We were also the only other family and 99% of the time we had the place to ourselves, which is quite different to the other lodges and resorts.

Another nice thing with Jungle Retreat was that besides the game drives there were a host of extra activities available. We went on nature treks, visited an old temple and also hiked up to the tallest peak called bramagiri peak - it was one of the highlights of our whole trip and well worth doing, although the climb itself is tiring. The trip to the tribal village was very nice and we also had an excellent lunch with them, which was cooked in their traditional way. The hosts also gave us the chance to decide on what we wanted to do every day - which worked out great. This added to the overall feeling that the entire Jungle Retreat experience was not as commercial.

Although this was the third stop on our trip in India, it was very sad when it came time to leave the nice people and lodge. I would highly recommend Jungle Retreat for anyone going to India.
Super Location, Great Adventure
Submitted by: Jimmy in 10/07/09
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: India
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The drive to the jungle retreat in itself is such an adventure. You pass through 3 national parks to reach there from bangalore - Nagarhole, Muthanga and Tholpetty. The best part is, this is in between all. So it is no surprise that we bumped into animals at almost every turn on the road.

The villa was huge! definitely bigger than my hostel accommodation in college! we were a group of 4 students, all wildlife lovers and were keep on clicking some good sights!

my 2GB memory card was full on day 2, that tells you about the location.

the food was good, they have a very traditional way of cooking and since there is no one else for the to cater to, they showered their attention on us totally. tasty food, not much choices as in star hotels, but i am not complaining.

we had gone in our own car, so went out for drives in night and day, was amazed to see so many wild animals including big elephants right in front of the property on the road. they dont care about you, as long as you dont tease them.

super place for adventure and relaxation and it is so close from bangalore. planning to go there again.
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