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K Gudi Wilderness Camp
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Had been there with my buddy lot exactly a year back... was a wonderful trip.. Stayed there for 2 nights and it was a real out of the world experience. The resort is perched on a peak on the way to B.R Hills and has a beautiful feel to it. all the tents and log huts face the valley. Were lucky to have stayed in both the tent and the log hut. both have a charm of themselves. With power only for 6 hrs or so in a day. it is pitch black after they shut down the power. It is really for those who yearn for solace for a day or two. activities included a trek in the morning and safari in the nite... The food is really good for an isolated resort like this.. got to test my new camera to capture wildlife and was lucky to find some elephants and gaurs. The lucky lot get to spot a tiger. Sadly we were not so. The fog engulfing the entire resort, the walk into the forest, the food, the safari. It is definitely worth driving the distance.

Room Tip: A log hut is a fair choice for a family with kids. Maharaja bunglow is not so happening.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Go for nature and amazingly trained naturalist. Basic food wrt taste , improved tent accommodation. go for white cheeked barbet or tent 8 for good views. Unfortunately animals have drastically reduced. Managed to spot leopard about half kilometre away, one elephant, two sambar s, 3-4 barking deer . But it is a bird lovers paradise. Spotted close to 30 different birds.

Room Tip: Tent 8 has good views
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The jungle lodges property in Kgudi is arguably the most exclusive jungle lodges property one could come across. For starters, this is the only place in all of Karnataka, where lodging is available right in the middle of the jungle. The location keeps the magic alive at all times, with innumerable birds, reptiles and mammals visiting the property from time to time. Walking back from the dining area to the rooms is always an adventure, as there may be a wild surprise in store for you at any point of time.
The new tents have made a big difference to the quality of accommodation. Recent new touches, such as the water filters at convenient locations, have improved the comfort levels. The food, as always, is sumptuous and filling, the biggest danger being that one could overeat at every meal, making it a rather unhealthy holiday!
For me, one of the highlights is that there is no direct electric supply, and a generator is used sparingly only at specific times. Lights go out at 10:30 PM, and the camp is silent, and one can lie awake listening to alarm calls, imagining all the animals that one could see the next day.
The staff is mostly friendly and helpful, although not everyone will be conversant with English. The naturalists and jeep drivers are experiences and know the forest well. There is no doubt that a stay at this camp has many wonderful wildlife possibilities, and with the right timing and luck, sightings could be lifelong memories.
The place, however, is terribly overpriced. Compared to the amenities and luxury provided, this seems to be an unfair price for wildlife enthusiasts to pay. Furthermore, since jungle lodges has the monopoly on wildlife safaris in the area, it is practically impossible to enjoy a jungle experience unless one stays at jungle lodges. Being a part government enterprise, this seems rather unfair, making nature and wildlife exclusive only to the wealthy. This in turn only results in irresponsible mushrooming of cheaper accommodation, and ill-informed visitors scouting the main roads, not knowing the rules and etiquette of being in the forest.
It is finally the location which makes this a great experience.

Room Tip: The log huts provide a great jungle view when one spends time lounging around the rooms
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

K Gudi Wilderness Camp was my first experience with the JLR and was an amazing one. Its located in the core area of the BR Tiger Reserve. Go for the tented cottages/loghuts for a with-the-nature stay.There is no electricity at night and they provide petromax lights & thats NO drawback - Why do you really need electricity for that one night in the jungle i say?!
The BRT reserve serves as an important biological bridge between the Western & Eastern Ghats. So wildlife spotting is really good. We spotted gaurs (bisons), lion-tailed macaques, striped-neck mongoose, elephant herds & the elusive Tiger! Spotting the big cat for the first time in the wild...oh what an experience! And of course a great variety of birds, mostly endemic to the Western Ghats. We missed the leopard though which was spotted the previous day. Great food, hospitality, clean & green stay.. what more can u ask! Hurry as they plan to move this property out of the core area very soon.
Route:- Bangalore-Kanakapura Road-Malavalli-Kollegala-Yelandur-BR Hills. (this route is faster than the Mysore route & the roads are good now)
Best time to visit :- Feb to June to spot wildlife.

Room Tip: Go for the tented cottages / LogHuts
Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

K Gudi Wilderness Camp is the best property of Jungle Lodges & Resorts (out of the one's we visited). It's located right inside the BRT Tiger reserve and up on the hill at an altitude of about 4000 feet.

The place is pretty isolated and even devoid of electricity. Though mobile networks are cranky but available. The only source of power is through generator which runs 5 hours a day!

The safari at BRT was excellent as the resort itself is located inside the jungle, the safari goes deeper!

The camp is surrounded by lots of birds and even some wild animals like deer, wild boar, elephants keep roaming around the camp..

The staff at K. Gudi are wildlife enthusiasts and are passionate about their work.

The food is awesome as with other Jungle Lodges property.

You can read more about the trip here -> http://indiauntravelled.blogspot.in/2013/04/karnataka-forest-reserves-camping-in.html

Room Tip: The Family room is in old building and you would not like to miss the adventure to stay in a tent or...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This was my first JLR experience so I cannot compare with other spots. But I sure am going to visit those next. Stayed two nights, didnt feel like leaving still.
Route: Mysore-Nanjangud-Chamrajnagar-BRT Tiger Reserve-K.Gudi Jungle Lodge Resorts (90km)

The trip begins the moment you cross into the tiger reserve. It feels like a cool breezy hug from nature herself. The 14 kms uphill is amazing. Forest guards were present every 200m or so. The anti-poaching unit on BR Hills is pretty effective, the JLR staff claim.

When I reached JLR, I thought 'Is this it? The trip up was better'. And then they showed me a couple of tents. The last one bowled me over. I felt I could sit out front and watch the mountains and the valley forever. Complete peace, with only birds for company. I absolutely loved it.

K.Gudi is more a bird watcher's kinda place, rather than a tiger lover's. If people are aware of this, there wouldnt be this fierce quest to spot a tiger on every safari. Puts so much stress on the drivers, which is not something you need in the middle of the forest. Thanks to the family who shared my jeep, I learnt my fair share of bird names. The magpie robin, serpent eagle, jungle fowl, spotted owl, malabar parakeet, green barbet etc. And were they beauties or what?
A mama and baby elephant, some barking deers, langurs, and birds posed for us. The curiosity in their eyes and postures was super cute. During daytime and at night you might hear the alarm calls of langurs or sambar deers, announcing the presence of predators.

Food at the Gol Ghar was basic, but again the panorama around was more than compensation enough. Your focus on taste goes out the window, literally. Sometimes Rani (pregnant now) the deer would come by letting people pet it, looking for a morsel to eat (although its not advised to feed the animals). A male deer wanders around as well, although that guy is said to be a rogue so keep your distance. The tent itself is clean and cozy and a nice walk from the Gol ghar which helps with digestion. I only wish treks were organized as mentioned on the website. That is what I was looking forward to the most and that is what I miss the most.

There was a temple visit, the drive to and from which was roller coaster-like and fun (ask Rajesh to drive your jeep). Added info, the folks who went in his jeep on safari spotted a tiger one day. Nagesh is also a great guide for safaris. All the guides/naturalists know their birds and animals. Try and get Mohan (naturalist) to show you the photos he's taken (uploaded nowhere, absolutely stunning). He was the most informative among all of them. The documentary on tigers was educational. Gave new perspectives on their decline. Its not just poaching you know.

I had a scare on one night, not because of the animals though and it took a while to reach someone. But the staff came finally and sorted it out. I slept easy that night thanks to their help. There should be some kind of security patrolling (and kerosene lamps on the pathways as promised by staff yet absent) every hour or so.

If you are a writer or a poet, this may be the right space for you albeit an expensive one. I would say it was worth it, just for the time I spent on my verandah. Transforms you to another world entirely.

Bonus: If you can, visit the NGO VGKK headed by Dr. Sudarshan which works with the Soliga tribes of B R Hills.

Room Tip: Pick tent number 7 or 8, or the log huts beyond if you want to feel right in the middle of the fores...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

K Gudi (Kyathadevara Gudi ) within B.R Hills Sanctuary is a wonderful, secluded getaway place. I spotted Gaurs ( Indian Bisons ) right on the road the moment I drove in through the check-post gate before the climb to the ghats, but I was not fortunate to have any further sightings on the way. Accommodation options are Log huts, Tented Cottages and Rooms. For my stay, I chose tented cottage ( Rs.4500 per head, twin-sharing / 5500 if single , inclusive of Stay, Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast, Jeep safari into BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Entry Fees & Taxes ).
The tents named after the birds of South India, are beautifully pitched on raised concrete platforms with attached bathrooms. I stayed at 'White-cheeked Barbet', the last tent in the row, starting from the reception, office, and 'Gol Ghar' the dining area. The tents are well maintained and tidy with large cozy beds, two side tables, cloth stand and a luggage rack. The windows and sliding door have insect proof nets and it is highly advisable not to keep them open after dusk ( never, would be better ).The attached bathroom is large and tidy, though there was a stench emanating from the wash basin.
Living in a tent is indeed a thrilling experience, yet, you have to compromise on it if you are insectophobic. I found a scorpion resting above the cloth stand, and I wonder how it sneaked in even though the windows and door were always closed during my stay.
The location is beautiful that the tents face a valley, and just sitting idle in the sit-out itself is a wonderful experience. Electricity is available only for few hours at dusk and dawn. A rechargeable emergency lamp and a torch light is provided and kerosene hurricane lanterns are placed at the sit-out by dusk. There are two power sockets , one inside the bathroom and one on the bathroom wall inside the tent. Be careful to have all batteries and cells charged on those few hours when electricity is available.
Food served at Ghol Ghar is sumptuous and delicious.
Lokesh, the guide is kind of 'born for' the job he does. Attentive, caring, well mannered, energetic, with excellent driving skills and knowledge about the flora and fauna of that place. I was also greeted by the Manager, an exuberant young gentleman who is so eager to help and guide.
The Safari is worth it, even though you have to share the jeep with other guests. Though trekking is mentioned in the website, nobody asked me about it nor did I see anybody trekking. Just a quiet stroll around the premises itself would be rewarding. I spotted Paradise Flycatchers, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Hill Mynas, Racket-tailed Drongos, Sunbirds and barking deer few meters away from my tent.
Leeches are aplenty during rainy season that you better be careful not to step out into wet terrain.
To conclude, I would definitely recommend this place for a true nature lover, but I also feel that it is overpriced.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Kyathadevara Gudi | B.R. Hills, Yelandur 571313, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Chamarajanagar District > Yelandur
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Yelandur
Price Range: $108 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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The inimitable rush of untamed terrain - gorges, valleys, forests and swirling, swollen and frothing white water: that's what the Kali Adventure Camp at Dandeli is about. A sprawling bungalow on the banks of the majestic Kali River, this wilderness camp is all about making a connection with nature. Take a walk down the wild side and discover just how invigorating it can be. Discover the sheer adrenalin rush of being alive. ... more   less 
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