We visited Kyathadevara Gudi Wilderness camp between June 6-8,2013.Our Experience was excellent and would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in wild life or wants to get away from the city bustle.We visited as a family where age groups ranged from below 5 to above 65 and with people with walking difficulties and still managed to be on all safaris. A few points that may help people visiting the place.
1. if you are driving from Bangalore to this place, please use NH209.The Road is in excellent condition and has far less traffic than what may be seen on the Mysore main road.Access NH209 using the NICE corridor.
2. Spotting wildlife is a matter of luck and chance, so don't get disheartened by Monsoon rains, if they happen get inter spread with your safari timings.We saw the best wildlife just after the showers went away.
3. The Tented accommodation has pretty good sealing from the point of view of keeping insects out.Of course one has to take care to keep the sliding door shut at all times to avoid them getting in. The tented accommodation is actually very luxurious by Jungle and "Tented" standards as they have tiled floors, western WCs, running water,washbasins, hot water (at appointed times), large size,clean towels & linen for the beds...what more can one ask for?.We took mosquito coils , insect sprays..though we did not use them.
4. As morning safaris begin at 0630hrs milk for small children may not be available then...but the breakfast post the safari will make up for it.
5.All tents are provided with an umbrella and a flashlight.Power is by gensets so it is available in the mornings and in the evenings..lights out after 2230hrs.We actually did not miss the electricity...lovely to be away from TVs, computers, internet...
6.Cell phone connectivity is available ..Airtel, BSNL for sure at the camp site.
7.It is a good idea to use the intervening time between the morning and evening safaris to go and visit the Ranganathan Temple.The Road for this temple branches out about 18 km away from the camp (in the direction of Yelandur).The way to the temple provides a fantastic vantage point from the B.R hills over the plains below.
8.Speaking to Mohan ,the Camp Naturalist, was very rewarding.His personal interest in birds, in specific and the flora and fauna in general, made very interesting conversation.Apart from speaking fluent English , he also spoke Hindi.
9.You may think Credit and Debit Cards are just plastic in a Jungle -Wrong!!.All payments at this property can be made only by card..so please do carry them.
10.Access road, right upto the camp is in very good shape, driving a family sedan is no problem at all.
11.Food is simple, clean, hot and sumptuous.You actually run the risk of over-eating!!. The Place in general is very clean..especially the bathrooms.
12.Jungle treks are organized by camp staff , but are dependent on their availability and rains.One has to select between a safari or a trek.
13.A forest department office right outside the camp is the point from where day safaris are organized by the forest department on a stand alone basis. But We would recommend staying at the camp and doing the safaris organized by JL&R ...as one can soak and immerse oneself completely that way.
14. The camp provides enough to eat and drink , but if you have small children , better to keep some munchies handy, as the nearest shop is only 18km away!!.
15.Safari jeeps are all soft topped , so you need'nt carry umbrellas on drives outside.We actually got caught in a downpour on a safari and came back dry.
16.One can buy from a limited stock of souvenirs that include mugs, key rings, books and jackets.Remember the only plastic needed in this jungle-your debit/credit card.
Here are some suggestions for the JL&R management . We are sure that you are aware, that you sit on a powerful and respected brand.View to do all what it takes to reinforce the brand.
1. Visitors to this resort are your "captive audience" so to say, for issues related to wildlife conservation.Aim to convert each one of them into a donor, member, enthusiast..or something before they leave your property.Potentially, We are talking about touching at least 6000-7000 people individually, each year.That way a connect is established , which serves the larger cause ;long after the visit is over.
2.Child is the father of Man.Aim to engage them beyond safaris, through some activities that will kindle their interest and hopefully help them carry a lesson or two on conservation.Aim at conducting programs at Schools.This will drive both objectives of business and conservation.
3.Courteousness, good infrastructure and Cleanliness are your greatest selling points....do all required to keep it that way.You are not a 5-star hotel and never try to be one....retain that rustic flavour!!.
4. Think of adding to your collection of souvenirs.Your naturalists could collect a whole load of movie clips and photographs from each forest...think of converting them into books/ films that are brought out under your brand.You could acknowledge the contributors - this will be a greater reward, at least for the amateurs!!. Develop a system for sharing videos and pictures.
5.Forest products like Honey, (Actually being sold at the shops near the BR temple) Oils etc will make good business sense- Women visitors generally hunt for such takeaways as they know they are local and pure.
6. A loyalty program NOT just based on room nights, could be a differentiating point. JL&R could think of involving members (through this program) in actual conservation efforts like cleaning & removing plastics from fringe areas of the forest.This will not only drive conservation, reward people for their efforts (thru discounts, special visits etc) but most importantly will bring about a connect between people and nature, which is the key.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- k Gudi Wilderness Camp Hotel Yelandur