Jungle Inn, Mysore
"I have to be very true here. I am basically an engineering student. When i first planned to visit Nagarhole, the only resort every website seemed to suggest was Kabini River Lodge (but the tariff was Rs. 2500 per night). After some frantic searching i came across www.jungleinnnagarhole.com (tariff 1500-per night) and i found it to be OK. I e-mailed them about my visit and truly I got the reply the very next day. It felt very good. After a couple of e-mails and phone calls, I booked on May 26th. They had given us an itinerary and we reached there on 26th morning 11.30 am. It is just before the north western entrance of Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary.
"The resort is actually the colonial bungalows of the british which have been converted to its present scale. The manager received us and we had booked a family room (I went with three of my friends). The room was a normal one, pretty good. The other option there are tented cottages which are really cool but the tariff is Rs. 300 more than for the family room. They had given us a itinerary and my, oh my, it was strictly followed. The food there was awesome. The breakfast,lunch, and dinner (all buffet style) was truly good. Their speciality is that they grow their own vegetables by using organic manure (no pesticides).
"After lunch we left for the a wildlife safari at 3.15 pm. A jeep was arranged for us and we went through the forests.The safari was good but we couldn't spot the elusive tiger or bear or the leopard. We arrived back at 7.15 pm a little disappointed although the ride was extremely good. We were getting ready for the campfire but it started raining heavily. We moved to play carrom and at 9 pm we saw a wildlife movie about Nagarhole (this movie really opened our ignorant eyes to how life in a jungle changes through the various seasons and how human beings are damaging the fragile ecological balance). Then we had an excellent dinner. We slept sound and were woken up early in the morning for another safari.
"This time we were lucky enough to spot two bears but no tiger. Anyway the morning safari was enchanting. Slowly i began developing an affection for wildlife. Of course we saw a lot of elephants, gaur, wild pigs, chitodes and sambhar deer but no sign of the elusive tiger. We returned for breakfast (again wonderful). Then we checked out for our future journey. There are no restaurants available nearby and the food is served in buffet style. You cannot make separate orders here. Of course you get a coke for 20 bucks. The place is in sync with the jungle and no supplies are available here. The staff although local people (except a few) were very courteous. There are also a few things you can do like rapelling, trekking, coracle ride and tribal dances - for these you have to stay for two or more days.
The food was a delight there. The vegetables were pure manna. The morning safari was a rejuvenating experience. Spotting wild animals in the early morning was a real enjoyment . The cool breeze blowing through your hair and face was also a beautiful thing in the morning. The wildlife movie was an eye opener. We can easily relate it to what we have seen.
The bad experience was while sleeping. The insects in the jungle tend to join you in the bed. There was no way in which the management could help us because the insects used to come after the lights in our room. There is no STD connectivity here. Only airtel has a feeble signal here. That was the most annoying thing here. No connectivity in these days tends to push you to the edge."