Dhole's Den, Bandipur National Park
Kaniyanapura, Gundlupet, Chamarajnagar, Karnataka 571123
We returned from Dhole's Den, Bandipur yesterday after a fantastic 2 day stay. We thought of this for my son's 7th birthday. Reviews for the place were great and I am writing here to say that the reviews were spot on! This is a fabulous place for the young (son 7 and daughter 10) and the not-so-young (me and the wife). We paid about Rs.12,000 per night. Seemed a bit high at first but we discovered it was totally worth it. Dholes has only two villas and two deluxe rooms, we stayed in one of the villas. All the four are fantastically positioned and look out onto the Nilgiris. The view is fabulous from everywhere. The food is regular but well-made and satisfying. It is not 5-star kind fancy. But I honestly think that if you came here for the food, you are missing the point...by a mile. Also, the chef will take a request as long as its reasonable. The location is fabulous, right in the midst of nature and away from everything. But the BIGGEST achievement of this amazingly knowledgeable and passionate staff - Sukanta and Rajesh is that they make you realise that a jungle is not only about the animals. The way they explain the intricacies of an ecosystem make this way more enriching than any jungle experience. I HONESTLY DIDN'T CARE THAT WE SAW NO TIGERS. (We did see a Leopard though) My kids hardly slept the two days we were there. If it wasn't walking the dogs, it was feeding the fish or running off on a nature walk or watching the cows swim or feeding birds. The two hours they did break for, Sukanta arranged an easel and colours so my daughter could sketch the landscape and my son was playing wildlife puzzles. The four hounds on the premise were all the company my kids needed. All of this comes with a very knowledgeable and eager commentary on the significance of what we are seeing by Sukanta or Rajesh. These guys, supported by a very helpful staff, totally made the difference for us (and judging from the reviews here, for everyone else as well). All in all, a fantastic place to not only enjoy being close to nature but also to seed the idea of being conscious of the delicate balance of nature and how we can help maintain it. If you have kids that age or older, go here and you will feel good about having given them more than just a cool holiday.
Last month we visited Dhole's Den with family for one night, but wish we had more!! The place was calm, serene, secluded from the hustle bustle of the usual chores. The resort is right inside the jungle but it is well fenced (electrified) and guarded from wild. Our stay was memorable thanks to the staff and management (especially Manager Rajesh). At the first look we were amazed by the location of the resort (even the road leading to Dhole's Den was awesome with scenic views). The resort is right inside jungle overlooking the beautiful Niligiris (far away) and lush green fields until horizon. Truly mesmeric. The service was another hallmark of the place with staff being so friendly and considerate coupled with warm reception from the team. The food was awesome and homely cooked mostly with the home grown veggies. Our compliments to the chef for the same. There are lots of activities like camp-fire, documentary movie, nature walk as well for kids activities. Bandipur is one of the oldest tiger reserves with 140+ tigers and leopards. We were lucky to spot the leopard along with few other animals in our safari (government -run - Totally Recommended). Dhole's team made the arrangement for our family to visit Madumalai Elephant Camp, Tribal Village and their farm house. Dhole's Den is truly 'Home Away from Home' with something for everyone. We enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to come back soon.
Great property, awesome food (especially "Golmes" desserts). Also, the service standards were out of the world. The manager & his staff made me feel so much at home that i extended my stay at the Den for 2 more days! A must stay place if one is travelling to this part of the paradise. Thanks to the manager's inputs, I got to see couple of rarely visited tourist places in and around Bandipur. This was possible due to his excellent knowledge of the Bandipur topography. This "delightful" experience has made me decide to visit the Den once again soon! For me, Dhole's Den is my permanent getaway from the urban jungle called Bangalore!
I had visited this hotel with staff’s for official trip. The destination of the hotel was excellent. The location of the hotel was excellent. The appearance of the hotel was excellent. The room was neat and clean at the hotel. The complimentary food was provided by the hotel. The food quality and quantity was good. The variety of food was available at the hotel. The activity was available at the hotel. There was no suggestion for this hotel. The hotel staff’s were co-operative. I had booked the room by online. The Wi-Fi facility was provided in the room. The overall service of the hotel was good. The check in and checkout was done on time at the hotel.
It is a superb property. Every rupee spent here is worth its value. I would love to visit them again if time permits. They are heavily booked through the year. Ensure you confirm your bookings before going. Walk in will be 100% not possible. Here you will meet a guy (SUKANTA) He has tremendous knowledge of the forest. You can spend a lot of time with him without getting bored. Do visit Dhole's Den to actually live in the jungle.I can write more and more about the place,but want all those who are interested to go and visit this place, its only for true nature lovers.
Dhole's Den is ranked #1 among the 18 hotels in Bandipur National Park with an average rating of 6.4 out of 7. It is one of the 2, 3-star Self Catering Villas in Bandipur National Park. It is part of the "Camps of India" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 29 photos and 54 text reviews and is rated top for its Room, Front Office and Appearance. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 14,100 to Rs 16,900 per night. The hotel offer 5 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (59%) and Couple (22%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 48% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 28% have rated the ambience as scenic nature.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
Dhole's Den is located at Guruvegowdanhundi . Brt Wildlife Sanctuary (2 Kms) is the most popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.
Other amenities include Laundry Services, Travel Assistance and Parking Facility. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
HolidayIQ Reviewer Sajin Kollara adds, “A journey on the Ooty-Gundlupet National Highway which passes through Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur Tiger reserve will give you abundant sightings: en route during our journey we spotted elephants Read More
HolidayIQ Reviewer Sajin Kollara says, “Yes, merely a journey to the Ooty-Gundulpet National Highway which passes through Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur Tiger reserve will give you abundant sightings. En route during our journey we spott Read More