At a distance of 90kms from Mysore, K Gudi is a fabulous resort managed by Jungle Lodges.
Recommend taking the road route of Mysore-Nanjangud-Chamrajnagar-BR Hills (if you are driving from Bangalore).
The approach from Chamrajnagar as you drive closer, takes your breath away with the scenic view of the mountains (BR Hills).
- The staff is not just courteous, but extremely efficient.
- We stayed at the tented cottage called ‘Plum Headed Parakeet’. The cottage is clean, well maintained. Bathroom is spotless and neat (which is what your wives will always look for). And there is hot water available.
- There is power only for an hour in the morning. And from 6pm to 10pm to maintain the sanctity of the place.
- JLR provides you with a battery operated lamp which is just about okay.
- There is a TT table, and plenty of books on wildlife in the reception.
- Lokesh was an all-in-one support system, by being the naturalist, guide, bird expert and helpful for all queries we had.
- Deers will loiter all across the cottages.
- And all cottages have hammocks too.
- Nights are the best time: you will hear elephants, and alarm calls from several wild animals.
- All the support staff have an incredible understanding of what the guests need, and are available throughout (almost at your beck and call). Some of them are from the local Soliga tribes and are happy to talk to you all through your stay.
- All meals are taken care as part of the package, and the cuisine is completely local
- Those coming into India, may take a while to adjust
- There is a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian. And no alcohol.
- Kids and the elderly too will find it sumptuous.
- JLR organises two safaris in a day (7am-830am and 4pm-630pm) with a naturalist. The jeeps are well designed for a complete view of the jungle.
- We stayed from Oct 9-12, with heavy rains pounding the hill. But bird sighting was terrific; wag tails, woodpeckers, owls, eagles were some of them.
- Birds can be easily sighted from the cottage too; so don’t forget your binoculars
- We sighted bisons, langurs, barking deer, mongoose.
- As per the last census (2010), there are 34 tigers and about 60 leopards. K Gudi also has sloth bears, elephants and wild dogs.
- Recommended time to visit is January to May for sighting of predators. JLR also organises honey tasting with the local Soliga tribe during those months. A trip was organized to the local BR Hills temple about 20 kms from the resort during our stay.
- A complete paradise with deciduous, green foliage during winter.
- Lingering smell of the leaves and nilgiri stays with you, well after you have left.
- Dont pester the staff with tiger sighting, Lokesh is practical and does his best to take you to the permitted routes within the jungle.
- Enjoy the ride and the smell of wood – and thats what we did throughout.
- Several water bodies are visible, and you are certain to sight predators from January onwards.
- Clearly, a place we will return and highly recommended.
- Do book online, since you get a 5% discount on the cottages.
Stayed October 9 -12, 2011.
- Also Known As:
- k Gudi Wilderness Camp Hotel
- k Gudi Wilderness Camp Hotel Yelandur
- K Gudi Wilderness Camp Karnataka/Yelandur, India