The property is set against a portion of the beautiful River Kali. The view of the river, nature activities + the water sports facilities that the property arranges for/provides are reasons to stay at the Bison River Resort -- but if you're looking for a luxury stay at the same time then this isn't the best choice.
The property itself is not very impressive. The rooms are quite run-down, and the bathrooms definitely need a do-over. The service is not much to write home about either, as there was no outward effort made to welcome guests or to check if the stay was comfortable at any point. The food was slightly more than palatable. There was a barbecue on the night that we stayed and the non-veg and beg starters were delicious, but the rest was quite average.
The resort arranges for activities like treks, wildlife safaris, boating, kayaking and white-water rafting (be sure to check if your trip aligns with the season). A nice attraction is the 'natural jacuzzi' that one can take a dip in, but it's not for the faint-hearted. The rocks are slippery and steep, and the force of the water is more than strong, but it's definitely worth a visit. The diversity of wildlife that once can see right from the resort is another plus point.
If you decide to stay here, try and choose one of the rooms that face the river. It's a pleasure to hear the sound of the roaring river all through the day and night. I only wish the property was better maintained and managed more professionally, so that the entire experience could be more enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bison River Resort - Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the Wild green forests amidst breathtaking Valleys in the South Indian State of Karnataka. The Resort is perched on the banks of the Kali River with the cottages and room overlooking the river ethnically decorated with private sit out ensuite. White River Rafting, Jungle safaris, coracle ride, bird watching, Rappelling, Rock climbing, barbeque dinner are the highlights of the stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bison River Resort Ganeshgudi, India - Karnataka