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Galibore Fishing Camp
Uyamballi Post | Kanakapura Taluk, Sangam, Bangalore, India (Richmond Town)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 459 Specialty lodging in Bangalore
Bangalore, India
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“Galibore Fishing Camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Though Galibore is situated only 90 kilometers from Bangalore, travel time required to reach the destination will be approximately 4 hours.

Day visits are scheduled from 10.30am until 5.30pm. You are allowed to stay a little longer than that, but you need to leave before dinner.

Room facility is provided for day trippers. Hence, your car is your shelter. That apart, you can spend time in the Gol ghar or pitch a stool on the river's edge and watch as an ocassional Cormorant flies past.

Reception is very warm with the staff identifying you with name and offering you a welcome drink (nimbu paani). You can order other kinds of drink too.

Food at Jungle Lodges is something you need to look forward to. Their understanding of reaching the heart of the guest through their stomachs is unbeatable.

After food, you are taken on a coracle ride. Starting a little late (towards 4pm) would be ideal as your chances of sighting elephants become brighter at this time.

Other wildlife you can sight in the morning are fresh water Otters, Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Darter, mongoose, and other birds of prey.

Elephants are best sighted in the evenings.

Besides sighting wildlife,You can indulge in a river rafting experience, go on a boring coracle ride which gets interesting if the guy taking you on the round boat has a headspin (and they usually do), you can cycle in the forest tracks, climb the ropes and replace the monkeys or simply laze around and look at the tall trees that adorn the forest or even worse, look at nothing at all.

Jungle Lodges also sell some of their memorabilia. So, keep some cash in handy.

When you go on a 1 night stay, there is an option of trekking in the morning atop the near hills which will give you a breathtaking view of the forest and also you can spot several birds of prey.

This is one of the most easily accessible places around Bangalore and definitely a place to chill out.

Room Tip: Tents are the only option and definitely the best ones.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Let me start with the good things. The area around the river cauvery is beautiful, quiet and peaceful, and so is the area where galibore is situated. The drive there is stunning and fun. And if you're coming from bangalore, it is really very closeby. The food is good, with a veg and non-veg option.

The camp is setup in a similar fashion as other jungle lodge retreats, large communal eating area with around 20-30 private huts or in the case of galibore tents. And thats where it goes wrong. The tents are moist, damp, very filthy and in general very unpleasant to be in. The bathroom is a concrete block without a shower. The bed is old and hard and all other items are either cheap, old or broken. Did i mention dirty already?

All of this would be OK if they wouldn't ask 5-star prices as if they are a taj or something. When i pay those prices I expect more. I've been to bheemeswari (same government run group) a while ago and that was acceptable. This is a dump. We tried other huts, but all had the same problem (and these were called the luxury tents, we didnt try the regular tents).

The filthy tents aside, what is ABSOLUTELY UNFORGIVEABLE is the trash (bottles, plastic, etc) lying around on the river bed in the camp. These guys are there to protect this piece of nature, and instead they ruin their own area and likely the area downstream of the camp. Shame on all of you that run the camp!!!

The good: being in beautiful nature and the food
The bad: filthy old horrible tents
The ugly: trash in and around the camp

We left after one hour and never saw our money back (although they did refund us for the extra money i paid as foreigner, while as a resident, i only needed to pay local fees). There are much better places to stay in this beautiful area, I would recommend you to avoid Galibore

Room Tip: Bring your own tent and (illegally) camp in nature
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Last Weekend we had been to Galibore camp for team outing. The diversion to camp from Sangam leads you to a dusty small path running along Kaveri . I would advice cycling as the rocky path and sharp turns will be adventures.

Though the name suggests fishing camp, the camp offers a lot more activities. The staff is very friendly. They take u to walk along the river. U can see deers, crocs and elephants if lucky. Lot of space under trees for playing cricket , jumping on the nets or nice nap below the shadow of trees with sound of birds, gushing water and breeze.

Do not have lot of expectations on food. It is average good. But that is what u can expect in the middle of jungle. Though water level was not enough for river rafting, but the facilities are all there for it. Overall it is a nice place to go out for a few days and be in the middle of nature and re-energize ...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

We were a group of five friends who wanted to take the weekend off (1 night, 2 days) to celebrate one of our birthdays at a peaceful place where we would feel one with nature and have some adventure and fun too. After going through all of JLR's resorts, we decided on Galibore because of the availability, accessibility and season. Three of us travelled from Bangalore and two, from Kabini. The last stretch of the road leading to the fishing camp is a kaccha road and it takes a hell of a long time to complete that patch, so leave an hour or two earlier so you're able to make it there by check-in time (lunch). We were famished after the journey and just dumped our bags in our cottages and rushed to the gazebo where a hot, buffet lunch was served. It was Indian fare - not too much variety but the quality and taste were excellent. If I remember correctly, there was one non-veg main course dish and the rest were veg (same for dinner). Alcohol was not available at the camp, but we had carried some beer to beat the heat, which the manager readily chilled for us in the JLR fridge. Post lunch, we just hung around the property at the riverside and on the hammocks outside our cottages, taking in the peace and quiet of the place. Then it was time for a nap to digest that heavy lunch and the beer had added to our drowsiness. When we woke up at around 5, it was much cooler and we went to the river for our coracle ride (included in tariff) after having some tea. They took us to the opposite bank and back and it was good fun, after which we tried our hand at fishing (included again). Each of us tried to attract the fish using a ragi ball as the bait, but it looked like it was years old, and none of the fish seemed interested! All five of us plus our guide together couldn't manage to catch even a single fish, but the activity was fun nonetheless. By the time we finished the coracle ride and joy fishing, it had become pretty dark and shortly afterwards, they started the camp fire facing the river and arranged chairs all around it. This part was great fun - it was quite chilly in the evening, so the fire brought some much-needed warmth, a barbecue was laid out there itself and they served piping hot, delicious starters (veg and non-veg). And of course our beer kept flowing in so it was wonderful. The rain played spoil-sport for a bit. The fire and barbecue had to be turned out and all of us took shelter in the gazebo. Luckily it stopped in a short while and the fire and fun resumed. After we had binged on the starters to our hearts content and had enough of the bonfire, a buffet dinner was laid out in the gazebo, which again had limited dishes but all very tasty and filling. We drank till pretty late in the night in the verandah outside one of our cottages (don't forget to carry mosquito repellent or you'll return with dengue or malaria!) and then crashed. The cottages were spacious and comfortable even with an extra bed (we were three of us in one of them), and they had an attached bath with hot/cold water. Carry toiletries as nothing is provided. Limited electricity (just one lamp and a charging point) added to the rustic feel and charm of the place. Cell phone connectivity was available only at certain points in the property, but the manager (he had a Reliance connection) let us use his phone to make important calls. We were all a little hung over and so woke up pretty late in the morning. One of the kitchen staff got us bed tea to the cottages and tried waking us up, but we just gave him a deaf ear, and ended up missing the guided trek/nature walk (included). We didn't want to just waste our last morning there so decided to do the white water rafting (not included in tariff). Had a quick breakfast and started off. They took us by Jeep to the starting point which was about 20-25 minutes away from the camp. The ride was beautiful through the dense jungle but sadly we did not see any wild life. Once we reached the river, we got into our life jackets and were given instructions about the activity. (It was extremely sunny, so don't forget your sunscreen). We were warned about crocodiles and we wished to see one (from a safe distance of course) but did not see any, however I read in another review here that someone did, so beware!!! We thoroughly enjoyed the rafting/swimming/floating and it was worth every penny although we had to pay extra for it. The rafting stretch ended at the fishing camp itself. After rowing for over two hours, we were starving and headed straight to the gazebo where a delicious, steaming hot lunch was waiting for us (not included in tariff as this was Day 2 - we paid a few hundred bucks extra for it). We were carrying limited cash with us since we did not know about the rafting, extra lunch, etc. before we went there, and they did not accept cards at the time, but the manager was very kind and trusted us to enough to allow us to e-transfer the balance to him after we returned to Bangalore! Overall, although the camp did not live up to its name (we caught no fish!), we had a fantastic time there and would love to try out each of the other JLR resorts soon (kudos to the Karnataka govt. for maintaining these properties beautifully!)

Room Tip: When you're facing the river, the cottages on the left side are quieter, especially the last few...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We (3 adults and our 5 year old son) stayed for 2 nights - definitely recommended to add on a Friday or Monday to the weekend.

All the good points mentioned by earlier reviewers are valid and will not repeat.

A big differentiating point was the staff - they were incredible.

Our son wanted to keep doing 'joy fishing' and he got to do this continously.

The coracle ride will be one of the best one can experience for its calmness and length. We had a great adventure beign very close to a crocodile and we managed to go behind it for some distance.

On one of the evenings, a herd of about 15 elephants came down the hill opposite us down to the river to drink water. Never realised that elephants could climb down such hills. Two of the staff immediately got a coracle ready for us to go down the river from where we coudl better observe the elephants.

The morning walk to the top of the adjoining hill is also recommended for a great view of the river.

Food was nice and the evening snacks beside the barbecue were outstanding the two nights we were there.

Overall a great place

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

It was an accident to reach this place on a weekend to avoid a pressure. Galibore sounds bit different name but sounds good that the direction boards place all over indicated us its a fishing camp. Usually i never make any traveling plans, it was a surprise to my wife, daughter and other children's at home. When we reached it was almost a lunch time and we were really hungry. We asked Jungle Resort Manager for lunch arrangement. He was such a cooperative man and did not included all of us in the bill and he charged only for 3 of us and rest of 2 are 'free' sounds good. We went round the resort. It was well maintained lot of mind blowing games to tired you. ropes, nets, tyres and many more. There is much to say its calm, kept silently and you can feel the tranquil. Its a best place even for family unless you know how to care yourself. It was a un season for fishing but i suggest its the right place and right reason to stay here and enjoy the nature. Good work keep it up and praise to Govt. to maintain such camps. "food is excellent"

Room Tip: All rooms are quite nice. I feel you may have to see before you get what you pay for it.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

I was at Galibore Fishing Camp in August 2011. We were there for one night and 2 days. We did the all inclusive corical ride and the 'Joy Fishing' or fishing for those who havent a clue. we caught fish and had loads of fun. We enjoyed the barbecue in the evening and watched the video about the local area. When we werent taking part in the activities we relaxed outside our comfortable tented accomodation with ensuite and double bed. we watched monkeys steal the sugar from teh restaurant which was entertaining for us but not the guys running the joint. Friends joined us on our 2nd day and we took a white water ride, which included swimming in the river. It was only afterwards we saw a crocodile sitting on the edge of the water. Food was Indian and very nice even to my gentle pallet. Staff were pleasant and nothing was too much trouble. Would visit a Jungle Lodge again

Room Tip: All tents are well placed
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Uyamballi Post | Kanakapura Taluk, Sangam, Bangalore, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Bangalore > Richmond Town
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