We stayed in Dhole's den over the weekend of 22 April 2012. As we were looking for accomadation in Bandipur, we stumbled upon this place which looked good on the web and reviews on Tripadvisor was also helpful.
We were pleasantly surprised and came back with nice memories of the place.
The USP of the place is it is not crowded and has only five rooms including two cottages. This makes the place quite exclusive.
a) Rooms - Very spacious and well designed - we stayed in the rooms not cottage - with high roof. Very comfortable with a wide balcony overlooking the farm which is under construction.
b) Food - Excellent food by Ananda, the cook. Though we had only North Indian meal during our stay, i am sure he is good at south indian as well!!
c) Staff - Sukanta Das, the manager is an enthusisitic bloke who is running the show beautifully. He has learnt local language and can talk in Kannda fluently. He has been accepted by the local community - which we could see from his interactions with them - very well. A Zoology honours from Calcutta University, he is passionate about wild life which is a great advantage. All others in the farm stay are very helpful and courteaous.
d) Eco frindliness - The promoters have spent on eco friendly power generation set up which is possibly the first in any place. That shows the seriousness they attach to the environment.
Not any really.
A slight improvement in housekepping will go a long way. We also suggested Sukhanta to keep some easy chairs in the balcony which will help the guests as they need not have to move the cairs in and out of the room.
We also suggested to Sukhanta to fix the ceiling fan instead of pedestal fan which spoil the aesthetics of the room.
Price - I feel that they should reduce the price and bring it slightly above Jungle lodges. They can charge an extra 10% over Jungle lodges due to exclusiveness of the place. The rates should include two safaris like it is done in Jungle lodges and extra amount should not be charged seperately like it is done now. If this is done it will be a definite value for money.
Overall a great place to explore the wilderness of Bandipur. Take care of small things and the place will be the "Best" in Bandipur!!!
- Capt Poorna
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dhole's Den offers 5 living spaces (2 Habitats, 2 Garden Mansions and 1 Mountain Paradise (Junior Suite). Aptly termed Habitat these are spacious each with a large bedroom, a bath with a shower and access to the balcony that offers a commanding view of the Nilgiris and the landscape of Bandipur Large glass sliding doors offer a panoramic and unhindered view of the landscape and the Niligiri Mountains. The two separate Garden Mansions offer a spacious living and bed area and are about 1200 sq.ft in area. The living, bed and the bath are placed in such a way so as to offer privacy even without too many walls or doors. These mansions can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults.The bright and friendly bath area offers a shower open to the sky and even a view to the mountains both giving a special touch of freedom. The large balcony is separated from the bed room by sliding glass shutters allowing enough light and sight from the moment you wake up. Mountain Paradise is the newest addition to our homestay. This semi-detached mansion offers the most exclusive views that Dhole's Den has to offer. It overlooks our rain water pond and has a large balcony and a set of terraces that complement the setting to offer the guest spots to stay and pause while they walk to or away from this space. The bath is connected to an outdoor area that offers again a space to not just view the landscape but provides that feeling of adventure as one steps out and is at the border of our property and enjoy more than just a window to the forest. Dhole's Den is an eco-friendly safari lodge in the true sense of the word. We were the first to try and successfully employ eco-friendly methods in the Bandipur National Park. Most of our power is green. We treat our waste water using reed beds to reduce the effluents entering the ground water to the maximum and use a a bio-digester for the disposal of kitchenwaste and fresh produce from the garden is served whenever in season. We organise Safari to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve (camera fees have to be paid extra by the guests), nature walks, village safaris. We offer a jogging track, meditation area, indoor games and outgoor games as activities. Cooking demonstration and Yoga courses upon request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dhole's Den Bandipur, Karnataka