River Tern Lodge, Shimoga
Ranked 4 of 109 hotels in Shimoga
Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple Bhadra Project Shimoga
Phone Number 9243911327 www.junglelodges.com
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We started summer vacation for kids and to unwind from work at River Tern. We started early morning from Bangalore and it took good 4 hours to reach the Resort We're pleasantly surprised with the location, pollution free place. Each of the cottages are facing the river, big size & well organized. I believe that's the trade mark of Jungle Lodges resorts Professional staff and yummy food! Be prepared to add few pounds with the non-stop and complimentary food served at River Tern Lodge Bad news is that you'll find jungle animals if you're really very lucky! You'll certainly come across international and rare birds, deer and few elephants. You got to be lucky to see lion, tiger or leopard.
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 Michael. 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 breathtaking. 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
It was located at convenient place. Appearance of the lodge was good. Room was clean and furnished. They did not provide any type complimentary breakfast or drink. All basic amenities were present in the room like AC, bed, blanket, etc. Billing and booking process was on time. Nice view was visible from the room. I took veg food there it was okay taste wise. Staff behavior was fine. No activities were arranged by the lodge. I traveled this place for outing with my family in June month.
In visited River Turn Resort in Shimoga. I visited in March 2014 and stayed for three days. It was an official trip. Overall I liked the stay. The forest environment and the natural surrounding are very good, and it is near to river. This resort is easy to locate. They have river rafting, jungle safari and water safari. It was a good adventurous trip. They have south Indian food. Their package included food and it was good. I stayed in an individual cottage, which was like a hut and it is maintained. I did not find it expensive and the staff were friendly and helpful. The resort provides all basic amenities. The only problem I found was that the AC in my room was leaking. I would recommend this resort to my friends also.
Location of the hotel was fantastic. Hotel was located at the heart of the city. Food was not up to the mark. North Indian and south Indian food was available. Staff behaviour was cooperative. Inner and outer look of the hotel was awesome. Rooms were neat, clean, and spacious. Outside view was available from the room window. TV and other basic amenities were available. Booking and front office was nice. Indoor and outdoor activities were not available. Hotel was value for the money. It was a relax holiday. I travelled here in May month. It is recommendable for travellers.
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.
River Tern Lodge is ranked #4 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, 35 text reviews and 2 video reviews. it 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 (64%) and Couple (23%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 55% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 23% have rated the ambience as adventurous.
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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