Nestled amidst the wilderness of the Western Ghats, River Tern Lodge gets its name from the nearby island that attracts hundreds of river terns during the breeding season. It is indeed a spectacular sight to behold! You'll surely get mesmerized by observing their preening, feeding, crackling and other interesting antics. If you're a keen birdwatcher or wildlife photographer, you'll surely fall in love with this place.
The mesmerising River Tern Jungle Lodges
The cottages of this resort are located on a hillock on the edge of the Bhadra reservoir, near Lakkavali, stone’s throw away from the northern boundary of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, in the Chikmaglur district of Karnataka, surrounded by the lofty hill ranges of Babubudangiri.
Needless to say, it is a perfect place to soak in the serenity and connect with nature.
The soft waves of the backwaters of the river lashes the edge periodically, harmonizing the sounds of nature, to put you in a perfect state of bliss.
Things To Do:
With the soft ripples of the river’s backwaters providing a subtle background score, it's gonna be a relaxing stay filled with pleasurable experiences. The Bhadra Tiger Reserve is about 4 km from the lodge. You can opt for a jeep safari in the evenings that offers the opportunity to sight leopards, tigers, gaurs, elephants, crocodiles, deer, wild boars, monitor lizards, etc.
Bird-lovers are in for a treat with over 200 species including, grey junglefowl, White-rumped shama, racket-tailed drongo, Malabar pied hornbill, Brown fish owl, Grey-headed fish eagle, Osprey, White-bellied sea eagle, Serpent eagle, Crested hawk eagle, etc. calling these forests home. January to June is the season when the River Terns also flock here - so that's the best time if you wanna get a glimpse of them!
You can also choose to go for the Tyverekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari as well as visit the Sakkrebyle Elephant Camp, that are located in closer proximity to the River Tern Lodge. And in case you feel like frolicking in the water a bit - the resort has facilities for kayaking, boating etc.
The Stay & Food:
The River Tern Lodge has currently 24 twin-bedded accommodations with cozy interiors to ensure nothing but pure serenity and privacy. Each room has a veranda overlooking the tranquil waters of the Bhadra Reservoir and not to mention the spectacular view of the sunset over the backwaters. It has been a conscious decision to not have television sets in the rooms so that guests can enjoy nature in all its glory.
Apart from the comfortable accommodation, the Gol Ghar which is a circular, open-to-all-sides gazebo, serving as the dining area, providing an extraordinary 'close-to-nature' experience.
Best Season To Visit:
June To September is the best time to experience the sanctuary as it is lush and green from the monsoon season. But if you wish to spot some unique varieties of birds, then January to March is the best time.
How To Reach?
- Bajpe International Airport in Mangalore is the nearest airport located 195 Kms away from the resort.
- The nearest railway station is at Tarikere and Shimoga, which connects Bengaluru and other major cities.
- You can drive from Bengaluru to River Tern Lodge which is around 283 Kms.
Resort Contact Information:
Property Address: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Bhadra Project, Lakkavalli, Around Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India - 577115.
Cost: 7000 INR per person per night on twin-sharing basis (which includes all meals and jeep safari, boat safari in to the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, forest entry charges etc.)
For reservation, you can directly call on this number: 08040554055 or drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org - and they will get back to you! They have some great packages too, which you can opt for.
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