River Tern Lodge - Situated in the midst of the western ghats of Chikmaglur district in Karnataka, surrounded by the lofty hill ranges of Bababudangiri, the River Tern Lodge has got a perfect blend of nature and wildlife. The lodge gets its name from the congregation of thousands of River terns during their breeding on a nearby island. Get fascinated by observing their preening, feeding, cackling and many exciting antics.
The River Tern Lodge is located on hillock, at the edge of the picturesque Bhadra River, near Lakkavalli, adjoining the northern boundaries of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. The soft waves of backwaters of the river lash the edge periodically, harmonizing the sounds of nature, to put you in a perfect state of bliss. The River Tern Lodge is the ideal spot to get familiar with nature in its serene beauty.
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of rich avian life with the birds like the Grey Junglefowl, red spurfowl, painted bushquail, emerald dove, southern green imperial pigeon, great black woodpecker, malabar parakeet and hill myna. Among the reptiles, you can spot the Marsh Crocodiles and monitor lizards there in the upstream stretches of the Bhadra River. The Common otter and the Smooth Indian Otter, Gaurs, leopards are also a common feature, particularly in the lakkavalli area.
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal tiger habitat although it is rare to see one! Wild dog tracks are also found all over the area. Elephants roam all over the parts of sanctuary. Other animals found in the area are common palm civet, stripe necked mongoose, sloth bear, large brown flying squirrel, sambar, spotted deer and the wild boar.
Apart from wildlife viewing through exciting jeep rides into the Bhadra River Tiger Reserve Wildlife Santuary, you can enjoy water based adventures such as sailing, kayaking, water cycle, water trampoline and joy fishing. A boat ride on the backwaters of the Bhadra reservoir also offers you an opportunity to get familiar with wildlife. Other activities include guided trekking, island camping, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing for children and stargazing. You can also visit Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari and to the Sakkrebyle Elephant camp.
The River Tern Lodge has ten twin bedded accommodations, five cottages and five log cabins with cozy interiors to esnsure nothing but pure serenity and privacy. Each room has a veranda overlooking the tranquil waters of the Bhadra Reservoir - a perfect setting for watching spectacular view of the sunset over the backwaters.
Apart from the comfy accommodation, you can relish the experience of dining at the Gol Ghar, a circular, open-to-sides gazebo, providing an extra-ordinary close-to-nature experience. The resort also has got the arrangements to show wildlife documentaries in the evenings.
The climate generally remains pleasant all through the year. The bulk of the rainfall occurs during the southwest monsoon, between June and September, leaving the entire sanctuary lush and green. Summer months of March, April and May get slightly warm.
Tuck into a delicious spread of South and North Indian Dishes at the Gol Ghar.A choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian is also available.
|Day-1||With Day 3|
|12 Noon||Check-in||08.30 am||Break Fast|
|01.30 pm||Lunch||09.00 am||Visit To Elephant Camp, Sakkrebyle And TyavarekoppaLion And Tiger Safari.|
|04.00 pm||Safari Briefing With Tea /Coffee||01.30 pm||Lunch|
|04.30 pm||Drive To BhadraWild Life Sanctuary||04.30pm||Wild Life Safari/Boating|
|07.30 pm||Wild Life Film Show||-||-|
|08.30 pm||Campfire||08.30 pm||Campfire|
|09.30 pm||Dinner||09.30 pm||Dinner|
|06.00 am||Wake Up Call, Tea/Coffee||06.00 am||Wake Up Call, Tea/Coffeet|
|06.30 am||Guided Trekking Or Boating||06.30 am||Guided Trekking Or Safari|
|09.30 am||Break Fast||09.30 am||Break Fast|
|11.00 am||Check Out||11.00 am||Check Out|
NOTE: Programme and timings are subject to change. Transfer to elephant camp and Tyavarekoppa at extra costs if lodge’s vehicle is used. No extra cost if guests use their own vehicle.
From Bangalore: Drive towards Tumkur. Take the Shimoga bye-pass road at Tumkur (instead of going to Tumkur town) and cross Gubbi, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere. After crossing Tarikere, turn left with Kuvempu University direction board. Travel 14km till you reach Lakkavalli. At Lakkavalli, you will find a signboard to the River Tern Lodge, which is about 4kms away. Alternately you can contact the Range forest Office at Lakkavalli for enquiries. The River Tern Lodge is 38 kms from Shimoga and is located by the Bhadra Reservoir.
|From 16th Sep 2014|
|Accomodation||Foreigner (Rs)||Indian (Rs)|
|Log Hut / Cottage||9400.00||6330.00|
|Package Includes: Stay, Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast, Jeep Safari into the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Boat Ride, Bird Watching, Forest Entry Fees, Camera Fees & Taxes. Water Sports at extra cost.|
The hotel offers a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. An Internet point is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.
From Bangalore: Drive towards Tumkur. Take the Shimoga bypass road at Tumkur (instead of going to Tumkur town) and cross Gubbi, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere. After crossing Tarikere, take the left that also has a Kuvempu University direction board. Travel 14 km till you reach Lakkavalli. At Lakkavalli, you will find a sign board to the River Tern Lodge, which is about 4km away. Alternately you can contact the Range Forest Office at Lakkavalli for enquiries. The River Tern Lodge is 38 km from Shimoga and is located by the Bhadra Reservoir.
We enjoyed very much our stay at Dandeli. The location and surroundings are perfect. We were also impressed with the way Govt. of Karnataka is taking measures to retain and maintain the forests of Dandeli.The food was good too. The activities were also timed well and the staff is also well trained. We also thought the karwar location is perfect and the activities there were fun too..!! Also the food was good.
Location, Ambience, Reception and Food are all pretty good. The greenery, weather & maintenance are all good. The Tribal Dance program was different and amazing. A pleasant stay for unwinding self.
Great Resort, Enjoyed the site seeing, Adventure activities, bird watching & the service. River Rafting was great. The service staff is good.
by Mr. Aluri Srinivasa Rao & Group
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