Next stop was Masinagudi and we chose Jungle Hut resort after reading its superb reviews on the net. The place lived upto the expectations and it was surely the highlight of our trip! I am totally in love with this place - the resort, location, surrounding, people, food - EVERYTHING is superb! The resort is located in a jungle just at the foothills of Nilgiris and there are spotted deer roaming around, langoors in the resort and on our last day of stay, we were informed by the manager that there's a tusker in the parking! We rushed to see the elephant and indeed it was there looking for food!
- Room: We booked the deluxe tent and it was a very nice, spacious room with enough space for 3 people. The room had all basic amenities but in my view, the lighting was a bit less and it would be good if the rooms could be more lit. They have provided towels, pool towels, basic toiletries, hair dryer etc. Ample seating space just outside the room. There were rabbits in our backyard and deer in the front!
- Staff & Service: Since we were out most of the time - once due to safari and once for trekking, our rooms were not cleaned but they ensured to leave fresh towels and drinking water outside the room which was quite thoughtful. The staff is amazing - the manager was quite friendly, he explained the "rules" of the place once we checked in and also helped us in booking a safari. He used to keep checking on our stay and also was our point of contact for any help (I am unable to recall his name!)
- Food: They have buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Though the spread was limited but the taste was great. So no complaints.
- Activities: We went to 2 safaris - 1 in Bandipur and another in Mudumalai. The resort people help with JLR Bandipur safari and for Mudumalai safari, there's no option to pre-book and hence you need to go there and book. The resort arranged for a trek and bird watching which was again a great experience - the guy took us to a small hill nearby which had a Murugan temple at the top and the views from above were beautiful. While on the way, we spotted multiple birds and also saw an elephant and bison on another mountain. We also enjoyed the swimming pool inside the resort.