5 Luxurious Wildlife Resorts In India Perfect For A Winter Holiday

Explore India's many wild charms at these luxury stays in the midst of forest habitats
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ImagesofIndia / Shutterstock.com

India has a rich diversity of geographical landscapes and varied climatic conditions. As a result, it is blessed with a bounty of wildlife habitats - from national parks to tiger reserves and sanctuaries and more. Some of these also host luxury wildlife resorts nestled in natural greenery. These are perfect for wildlife enthusiasts who get a chance to study animals in their natural habitat:

Wayanad Wild-CGH Earth, Kerala

Set in Kerala's lush tropicals with spacious rooms that come with their private viewing balconies and all modern luxuries, Wayanad Wild, CGH Earth is an ode to the spectacle of nature that the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is. With the food here paying tribute to everything local and experiences ranging from forest trails to safaris, Wayanad Wild ticks all boxes for a bespoke holiday. Venture into the forest after dark on a night expedition and watch the landscape transform with nocturnal life. Trek into the hills, zipline, and bamboo raft. Or enjoy the luxuries of the property. Wayanad Wild is a photographer's delight, a wildlife and birder's paradise, a perfect multi-generational destination where each generation chooses activities suited to their abilities and interests. Book here.

Enjoy guided nature trails through the lush Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
Enjoy guided nature trails through the lush Nilgiri Biosphere ReserveWayanad Wild-CGH Earth/Instagram

How to reach: Calicut and Kannur are the nearest airports. The other airports near Wayanad Wild Resort are Mysore, Kochi and Bengaluru

Activities: Bonfire, swimming, boating, jungle trekking, nature walk, etc.

Nearby attractions: Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak and Meenmutty

Samode Safari Lodge & Spa, Madhya Pradesh

Enjoy alfresco dinner surrounded by wilderness
Enjoy alfresco dinner surrounded by wilderness Samode Safari Lodge/Instagram

Samode Safari Lodge, a charming resort amidst the peace of the vast forest, was crafted in the old location of Anantvan Wildlife Resort. It is regarded as one of the best luxury wildlife resorts in India. It is thought to have been founded to provide visitors with a holistic experience and complete rejuvenation. Being surrounded by diverse wildlife creates an exciting atmosphere that adds to this resort's appeal. Samode gives visitors all the modern amenities they need for a memorable vacation. The lodge offers exclusive services, including campfire barbecues, dining al fresco poolside meals and private candlelit dinners in one's chalet. Book here.

How to reach: Umaria Railway Station is 32 km away, and Jabalpur Airport is 188 km away

Activities: Birdwatching and jeep safaris 

Nearby Attractions: Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha, Pench, and Satpura National Parks

The Fern Ranthambore Forest Resort, Rajasthan

Located in Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan, Ranthambore Forest is set up on five acres of lush greenery and is close to the renowned Ranthambore National Park. The resort offers its guests a close-up view of flora and fauna from 46 deluxe rooms. You can also avail yourself of Ayurvedic massages, outdoor games, a mini-golf course, and a swimming pool. Also, cultural and sightseeing tours are conducted here for entertainment and fun evenings. Book here.

How to reach: The park is well connected by rail and road with all the major cities of India. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is around 160 km from the park and is also the nearest airport

Activities: Jeep safari, birdwatching, swimming, village tour, camel ride, folk music, etc.

Nearby Attractions: Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort

Banjaar Tola, Taj Safari Lodge, Kanha

The Taj Safaris Lodge at Pashan Garh, a collection of rustic cottages, elevates the concept of luxury to an entirely new level. This lodge, spread out along a small stream on 190 acres of private jungle, brings you closer to the past, the natural world, and the wild. The strong crocodile motif is a constant reminder of the inhabitants of the nearby Ken River, even though there are subtle allusions to the erotic stonework of the Khajuraho temples. These cottages, perched atop a tiny hill, provide a stunning view of the forest, and a sizable waterhole close by has been the scene of numerous tiger sightings. Despite its chunky yet stylish interiors and rustic decor, this lodge offers unrivalled hospitality and fine dining. Book here.

How to reach: It is 40 km from Khajuraho Airport and Khajuraho Railway Station

Activities: Bike rides, cycling, swimming, sightseeing, safari, etc.

Nearby Attractions: Nirpat Sagar Lake, Khajuraho Temple

Tusker Trails Resort, Karnataka

You will have some incredible and unforgettable experiences while spotting avifauna, hyenas, panthers, neel gaurs panthers, lions, tigers, and a large variety of birds living in the 25,000-acre park. Wander through the zoological garden covered in sturdy, shady trees. Find a quiet spot to sit next to a pond and watch waterfowl play. The park's grounds also have rest areas and picnic areas. The cottage-style lodging increases the excitement of your wildlife encounter. Book here.

How to reach: Mysore Railway Station is 55 km away, and Bangalore Airport is 220 km away

Activities: Safari, jungle trekking, birdwatching, swimming, elephant ride, bicycle tours, nature walk, etc.

Nearby Attractions: Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Zoological Garden, Bandhavgarh Fort

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