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“Probably the best Jungle Lodges property”
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River Tern Lodge
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Bengaluru, India
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60 reviews
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“Probably the best Jungle Lodges property”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Great place for taking a weekend break. You have mountains, water sports and the jungle safari, what else do you need? Food is good. The views from the cottages and Loghuts are simply amazing, overlooking the dam backwaters and the Chickamagalur mountain ranges. the staff is wonderful and courteous. I go there every year for the last 5 years!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The resort was just the right place for a much needed break. Its on the bank of huge reservoir and at the edge of dense jungle...We booked a cottage and all the money spent was for sure worth it. The staff was very courteous and helpful. Food might be a problem for a north indian foodie like me...Chances of sighting any fauna in safari are very low...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This was the first time we went out to any of the Jungle Lodges properties. I had heard a lot about the flagship Kabini resort but not much about this one at Bhadra. Frankly, I was not sure if this would turn out to be that great. But boy was I wrong.

The drive to River Tern was amazing with excellent markings and drirections towards River Tern Resort. We had absolutely no difficulty in finding the the place. It is situated on a small hill overlooking the HUGE and SWELLING Bhadra reservoir which looks great. All the cottages are beautifully made with enough privacy from the adjacent cottages that comes with a thick growth of trees all around. Every cottage comes with a great view of the reservoir and one can spend hours sitting in the balcony admiring the beauty of the place.

Staff (as is the standard at all ungle Lodges, I am told) is great. Very polite and eager to help. We were travelling with a toddler and the kitchen staff made all efforts to help us in all ways possible to cater to the needs of the little one.

Food was very nice too. Although I think a couple of dishes if added to the menu would have made it even better. I found the breakfast a little limited and not sufficient. having said that, it is not very disappointing at all and the taste makes up for everything else that may be missing.

With this visit, we are very sure to travel to another Jungle Lodges Resorts very soon.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Another fantastic place and another fantastic Jungle Lodge. In terms of scenic beauty, this one's the best of Jungle Lodges and certainly one of the top resorts in Karnataka.

It's on the Bhadra reservoir and just 270kms from Bangalore. It's value for money at 11k per night for a very spacious and comfortable cottage with fantastic panoramic views and all meals and activities included.

Great landscaping, good food, courteous staff, the choice of boat and jeep safaris, the excellent wildlife spotting and much more just add up to make the trip one of the best you've had. We spotted two Leopards, a sloth bear, thousands of river terns, a herd of 20 elephants, hundreds of deer, a monitor lizard, Malabar pie hornbills, and many other exotic birds. After the safari, sitting in the balcony facing the reservoir with cool breeze blowing on your face, that's just awesome!

This is defenitely a must visit place, it's romantic and offers adventure, you can try water sports as well if you like.

Room tip: if you are old and have difficulty walking up and down the mountains to the dining area or to board the safari jeep, take room nos. 1 to 7. But If you can walk a bit ask for rooms 10 or 15 to 24, they are isolated and offer excellent views, my favorite is room 15. It's a little scary to walk for dinner in the night, but it's an awesome experience.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

We were four families and stayed at this resort for two nights in June'14. There were plenty of kids in our group and all of us were wowed by the scenic beauty all around us. The jungle safari on jeep was spectacular and all the accompanying wild life officers were really sweet and knowledgeable. The water sports and the swimming which is offered in the back waters is also absolutely amazing. The food was superb. Huge huge variety and absolutely yummy food. Even the most picky eaters would be able to find something that appeals to their palate ! The staff were efficient and courteous.The rooms are lovely and clean. The view of the Bhadra from the rooms was to die for !! Overall a lovely experience. Would recommend very highly......

Room Tip: The view of Bhadra river from the balconies of the room is spectacular. However in some rooms the vi...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed just for a day in Rivertern , Badra reserve in Dec 2013 . We were completely wow'd by nature and its beauty. The property is right on top of the river . The view is just great. The boating and the jungle safari which a part of the package is super. My son who is 7 years completely got lost in nature. The folks out there were too courteous and helped us a lot. The water games was also very enjoyable . The food was OK . But considering the fact that we are in mid of a reserve and it takes so much effort to bring the resources, I appreciate the efforts of the folks there. One important point to note - We were travelling along the west coast for 10 days by car and we depend heavily on google maps . Unfortunately , this is the only place , where the google maps was constantly pointing us to a different location. This caused us delay by couple of hours.

I would recommend to visit this place during summer as this is breeding season for river tern birds and the chances of seeing wildlife near banks are more. Also a suggestion regarding the room - when you have elders accommodating you - please choose a room near by the dining area. Most of the rooms are far off and takes you atleast 10 mins of steep steps and kacha path. The view from the rooms are just breathtaking . I will definitely go again to this place.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a very scenic place indeed. The view from the rooms is excellent and you might be tempted just to gaze out for eternitity. The food was very homely and tasty. The variety was a bit limited but everything there was was good. The trip can get a bit hectic if you are reaching here after a long drive since you have 2 safaris to do (jeep/boat). I suggest you should stay here a couple of days to truly relax and enjoy. The Staff is very proactive and curteous. Also watch out for the stars at night.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 to 10 are near the restaurant and other facilities. For the remaining ones you literaly have...
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Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: River Tern Lodge
Address: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Bhadra Project | Lakkavalli, Chikamagalur 577115, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Chikkamagaluru District > Chikamagalur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 136 Speciality Lodging in Chikamagalur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Western Ghats the River tern lodge gets its name from the nearby island that attracts hundreds of river terns during the breeding season. It is located on a hillock on the edge of the Bhadra reservoir, near Lakkavali: a stone's throw away from the northern boundary of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, in the Chikmaglur district. Chikmaglur was once a princess' dowry - and still holds the charms of a place that a king's favourite daughter once took as her dowry. Amongst all this, is a perfect place to form a whole new bond with nature. ... more   less 
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