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“An oasis of peace”
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Gorukana
Ranked #34 of 2,702 Specialty Lodging in Karnataka
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai, India
Level 6 Contributor
319 reviews
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“An oasis of peace”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Gorukana is a great place to wind down with friends & family. The cottages are comfortable and the daily buffet spread is good. The staff are friendly to a fault. If you love birds this is a great place to stay as within the property and around the area you can spot many varieties of birds. BR Hills also is blessed with abundant wildlife (Tigers, Bears, Gaurs, Deer etc.) that you can watch even while you drive to the resort. The naturalists of Gorukana are very knowledgeable and nice. There is also a cultural program by Sholiga tribals in the evenings.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We were in gorukana on a weekend, its perfct place for relax and to be with nature.
Early morning nature walk was wonderfull, Awsome location , freindly staff , nice food.Thanks to the staff who made our stay memorable.

Room Tip: lake side cottage
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangalore, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We went there for a weekend..and it was superb....I really liked the cottages...and food.
Only concern was the price which was on higher side. It is conveniently located with 4-5 hours drive from Bangalore.
It would better if they have a better children play area...the current setup is very minimal and practically unusable for kids.

Otherwise it was an awesome experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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7 Thank Gaurav08
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We visited Gorukana last weekend after finding it by chance via the internet. Reviews were good, pictures great. All we saw and read was true. Friendly staff, great area to stay, cottage good (but could do with a bit of repair work) and excellent food. We also booked ourselves a spa treatment - we all wished that we could do it again. Wonderful experience. Loved the nature walk in the morning. Unfortunately the safari was not happening (park was officially closed) but we did manage a road-safari and saw some great wildlife (barking deer, spotted deer, fox, giant squirrel, many birds). The tribal dance in the evening and the explanation on how/what is worth seeing/hearing. In all definitely a place we can recommend! Even the drive to Gorukana from Bangalore was great. Our 4.5 hrs drive took us through country side (rice paddies, sugar cane fields and local/small village). Even the small traffic jam we ended up in was an adventure which we all enjoyed. Laughed and talked to the villagers.

Room Tip: Do not switch the lights on in the cottage in the evening. As the doors to the little balcony do not...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I visited Gorukana along with my school buddies with families for a perfect weekend getaway. It really was a perfect one.. Thanks to my friend Karthik who suggested this place...

Excellent Place. Beyond our expectations. We loved the people in Gorukana.

Very nice hospitality, friendly people, nice food. Cottages were very good.

Enjoyed our drive to forest - saw Giant Squirrel, Big Serpant Eagle, Barking Deers, India Gaurs, Wild Hen...

Pleasant darshan of Lord Ranganatha Swamy...

Entertaining Evening Tribal dance and songs around the bonfire...

Refreshing morning trek into the tribal hamlet and forest seeing many beautiful birds...

Visit to VGKK - Amazing efforts of Dr. H. Sudharshan. Hats off for his dedicated contributions for the tribal people development.

Best part is the proceeds of our stay goes for noble cause of development of the tribal people.

Definitely will come again to Gorukana...

Special Thanks to Krishna

Thanks to Jade Swamy and everyone at Gorukana...

Room Tip: Cottages are perfect for a family
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Chennai
Level 6 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Gorukana, is a pioneering eco-lodge conceptualized by the legendary Dr.H.Sudharshan, who is a demi god to the Soliga tribal community, the habitants of the Billigiri Ranganathar Hills range. This resort is part of his noble plan of upliftment of the forest dwelling tribes where all benefits go to the development of the tribal people and the conservation of the Wildlife and Nature of BR Hills.

The accommodation is a row of 7 cottages on stilts built on a sloping piece of land peppered by tall trees. The interior is a two deck living space with an innovative upper deck with diwans to relax. The lower deck houses a bedroom with a private veranda opening out into the scenic campus, while a spacious bathroom at the other end completes this innovative high roofed cottage. Heartbreakingly romantic and incredibly chic, the highlight of the eco safari lodge is the Awesome Tree Hut accommodation. On the edge of an artificial lake, this tree house provides a stunning view of the thick wooded environment by the lake. The eco lodge offers a wild experience: the beds, bathrooms and upper deck lounge are well designed and built using local material. The tasty food and impeccable service remind you that you're being incredibly well looked after every minute of the day.

A common Dining space in the middle of the property serves a range of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, a simple yet homely spread including a choice of national dishes along with the local Ragi based cuisine. A large LCD TV plays out interesting wildlife DVD’s in the projection room adjacent to the dining hall, while a conference room is situated immediately next to it. A simple yet classy reception with a lovely frontage is the entrance to the property.

There is a mini amphitheater which plays host to a bonfire and a tribal dance before dinner, which is nice. There is also a short introduction to the local tribal community, their customs, rituals and art forms which is very informative as well as fascinating.

There is a pathway that runs from the dining area running all the way to the Spa at the end of the property and little stone paths branch off this pathway connecting up the cottages and the tree house. A walk down this path way at night (preferably with a torch and the resort guards) is an experience in itself and we were lucky to spot some Deer, Wild Boar and a sloth bear. Elephants and Gaur are occassional visitors to the periphery of the fence as well

A drive through the BRT jungle road, leading up to the JLR property houses a plethora of wildlife from Elephants, Indian Gaur, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Leapords and with a bit of luck – the elusive Tiger. This place is also a birding haven for the ornithologists with a huge range of the avian kind adoring the jungles.

The local tribals are well trained naturalists at this eco lodge, headed by Senior Naturalist Jadeswamy ably supported by Jadayan. Taj, who heads the operations is an ever helping and knowledgeable person, who goes that extra mile to ensure you enjoy your stay at this little known temple town.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Visited with kids. Easy to find place. Clean rooms with basic amenities. Friendly staff and very good nature experts to guide during the stay.
The food was acceptable.
However the room service could have been better.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Gorukana
Address: BR Hills, 571441, India
Location: India > Karnataka
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #34 of 2,702 Specialty Lodging in Karnataka
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Number of rooms: 12
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