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K Gudi Wilderness Camp
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Select the loghuts or Tents no 7 & 8 if you want more privacy....the jungle provides enough of i...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Went on this safari, overnight stay after a week in Bangalore. Beatiful nature, cool climate and nice safari. It felt like the real thing going by jeep through the jungle hoping to see a tiger. We didn´t but we did see deer, wild elephants, BIIIIG buffaloes, eagles and tiger tracks. I would go back if in the neghbourhood. Electricity and hot water only at certain hours might be negative for certain people but not for me.

Room Tip: Stayed in the tent but it was pretty much like an ordinary hotelroom.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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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.
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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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...
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Additional Information about K Gudi Wilderness Camp

Address: Kyathadevara Gudi | B.R. Hills, Yelandur 571313, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Chamarajanagar District > Yelandur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Yelandur
Price Range: $220 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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