River Tern Lodge, Shimoga

Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple Bhadra Project Shimoga

Ranked 3 of 109 hotels in Shimoga

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Santosh Rao

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"Stunning view, great location, ..."

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Vikas Rana

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"Big cottages on Bank of river"

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Santosh Rao

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"Water sports kayak"

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Vikas Rana

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2 Reviews | 53 Readers

Staff’s was well behaved

Posted 7 Jun, 2016

The complimentary breakfast was provided by the hotel. The food quality was not good. The destination of the hotel was very nice. The activity was conducted by the hotel. The food price was expensive in the hotel. I went by my own vehicle. The parking space was available at the hotel. The hotel was located inside the forest. The service was very nice. The staff’s was well behaved. The service was not done on time. The provided room was clean and neat. TV was not provided in the room.

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3 Reviews | 8102 Readers

Hi Guys , This place is 273 from HSR Layout .I...

Posted 4 May, 2010

Hi Guys , This place is 273 from HSR Layout .I travelled via Tumkur highway all the way to Tarikere . This is the best ever resort visited by me if you combine Beauty and Location .That is why , I have rated almost all parameters as 7 . You have this fully airconditioned loghuts lying on a Low Hill With a beautiful Reservoir in front of it . The package includes :- 1) Lunch - Dinner - Breakfast 2) 4 p.m - 6p.m - Safari in open Jeep 3) 6.15 p.m - 7.00 p.m - Tea and snacks 4) 7 p.m - 7.45 p.m - Documentry on TV 5) 8.30 p.m- Dinner 6) 6.45 - 7.15 - Morning Tea and Snacks 7) 7.am - 9 a.m - In case you want to do watersports (On your Own Expenses) \'Tranquiliser\' - 250 per head \'kayakeing , pedal boating , canoeing\' - 200 per head There is a Group package , which includes all sports and costs just 450 . 8) 9.30 - 10.30 - Boating If you compare the package , resort , activities and food . This is not at all expensive . Its worth 3250 per person per night .

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The place is amazing. Its about 350 kms from Banga...

Posted 24 Apr, 2009

The place is amazing. Its about 350 kms from Bangalore. We traveled by train to Birur junction which is about 45km from RiverTern lodge. We’d asked the RiverTern guys for transportation from Birur. They sent a vehicle, on time, which carried us to the lodge. It was about an hour’s drive. They charged 750/- for the transport. For those who want to travel themselves, you can take a bus from Birur to a town called Tharikere. From Tharikere you get private buses or Auto Rickshaws to a village called Lakkavalli. From Lakkavalli, RiverTern lodge is about 3 kms and can be traveled in an Auto Rickshaw. Located on the banks for backwater lake (caused by Bhadra dam), the place has an amazing view. You can google for the pictures. Cottage Number 4, 5 and 6 have the best view from their balcony. Best season is from January to before monsoon. This time the water level in the dam goes down, creating islands in the lake. These islands become home to the RiverTern birds that migrate from Himachal. The boat trip from the lodge takes you to these islands and you can see thousands of birds flying all around you. Its an amazing experience and can’t be put in words. They also offer jungle safari as a part of the package. The jungle is filled with dense trees, making it difficult to spot animals. Although we did catch a glimpse of some animals.. The safari was still worth it for the immense trees and lush greenery. Don’t forget to take a picture with the huge 300 year old tree! Ask the safari driver to take you to backwater region in the jungle, the view is amazing and the chances of seeing animals is more there cos its an open area. I strongly suggest you to carry a pair of binoculars if you have one. Take the boat trip in the morning and the jungle safari in the evening cos jungle safari takes long (2 hours or so) and it might be sunny (and hot) before you’re back. The food was one of the best I’ve had anywhere. They serve it warm and have variety. They also serve snacks in the evening; you won’t get anything to eat other than at designated time. There are no shops (or anything!) nearby. They do have cold drinks though. I suggest you take some chips or snacks with you. The rooms are nicely done, well kept, fitted with A/Cs and also have a tea/coffee maker. Imaging sipping a hot cup of coffee sitting in the balcony, overlooking the lake and the islands. For the couples: the lake is visible from the bed too! (at least from Cottages 4,5 and 6) The package costs 5500/- per day per cottage (for a couple). It includes stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner, jungle safari and boating. We had to checkout 11AM but our return train from Birur was in the evening. So we checked out from the room and decided to spend more time at the resort. They said they will arrange a taxi in the evening and lunch in the afternoon for us and we could hang out around the resort. We utilized the time by trying out water sports. They have canoeing, rowing and wind surfing (only on windy days). We opted for canoeing and rowing. You must take one of these; the view from inside the lake is breath-taking. If you have binoculars, don’t forget to carry it here! Rowing and canoeing cost Rs.200-250 hour per head. It also includes access to water trampoline they’ve setup a few meters from the shore. You must try the trampoline too! The food cost us 200/- per head for the extra day. The hotel staff was very courteous and helpful. If you need anything like medicine or something from shops, they can get it for you from the nearby Lakkavalli town. Overall it was a great trip and would definitely recommend to everyone.

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1 Review | 365 Readers

One of the best places

Posted 29 Oct, 2015

We had been to Bhadra for wildlife and it was one of the best experiences. As far as amenities is concerned there's everything that the nature needs and not what the civilization needs. Service was damn superb, every staff was cooperative. One thing is that you must visit this place.

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1 Review | 1136 Readers

Awesome spot I have ever seen; unique location

Posted 27 Apr, 2015

We visited as part of one day outing with my friends. It was on an island and was very quiet, had beautiful views of the river Bhadra and the forested hills around it. The water sports organisers were an enthusiastic and friendly bunch. The biggest plus of this property is its unique location. The whole property is divided into two parts connected by a hanging bridge. A must go place if you are a nature lover and appreciate the beauty and the calmness along with it.

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2 Reviews | 995 Readers

Taste food with comfortable stay and services

Posted 2 Feb, 2016

This hotel was easy to locate and the surrounding was good. The appearance of the hotel was good, internally and externally. There was no delay in check in and checkout. The staff members were helpful and friendly in service. The food served in the hotel was good in quality and in taste. The room allotted to us was maintained clean with basic amenities working properly. The view was good in the hotel. The stay in the hotel was good and it was worth the pay. I would like to recommend this hotel to other traveller.

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River Tern Lodge is ranked #3 among the 109 hotels in Shimoga with an average rating of 6.0 out of 7. It is one of the 24, 2-star Guest Houses in Shimoga. It is part of the "Jungle Lodges & Resorts" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 42 photos, 30 text reviews and 4 video reviews and is rated top for its Location, Destination and Appearance.

The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 14,800 to Rs 20,000 per night. The hotel offer 12 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 (58%) and Couple (26%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 53% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 21% 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 Apr, May and June for the best experience.

River Tern Lodge is located at Gandhi Bazar which is approximately 3 Kms from Shimoga railway station . Due to the close proximity, it is considered as one of the best stay option. Bhadra River Project Dam (1 Km), Sri Kalikaparmeswari Temple (1 Km), Kuvempu Ranga Mandir (2 Kms), Kote Marikamba Temple (2 Kms) and Bheemeshwara Temple (2 Kms) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.

The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.

Other amenities include Backup Generator, Restaurant, Room Service, Travel Assistance and Laundry Services. 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.

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