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River Tern Lodge
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

River Tern Resort is an amazing place to spend couple of days away from the city life. The JLR location is absolutely mesmerizing. Staff as in all JLRs are cordial and extremely helpful.The highlight for us was the Jungle safari which was organised 2 times - one in the evening and one in the early morning. Both the trips to the jungles were awesome and we enjoyed watching a rich variety of flora and fauna. We also went for a boat ride to the river tern islands and the islands where small pratincole birds nested. It was an experience of a lifetime where we got to see around 10 thousand birds of the same type flocking the islands. Overall experience was amazing ! But the food over there is a huge disappointment. Ordinary hotels in Bangalore do a great job when it comes to the cooking. Food is one thing that lets this JLR down terribly.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

A beautiful place for nature lovers. This Jungle resort is on two small Islands connected with a country style wooden bridge.
This place is hard to find on GPS, but difficult to leave once you reach there.
My rating is 4/5, few things which you need to keep in mind are:
1. Location- Never Trust Google coordinates for this location. Manually identify Bhadravati Dam location on Map and find direction to wards it.
2. For those who are travelling from Bangalore have two options 1. via Chitradurg 2. via Tiptur
First option offers you NH for 70% of the route other is state highway but u save one hour with option2
3. Food is good and bar has limited options.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

I am glad I chose JLR River Tern for my 2 day getaway. It is one of the better JLR properties ( though not as spacious as Kabini ). All loghuts and cottages have amazing view of the Bhadhra Reservoir from their balcony. And the best part, the loghuts and cottages are A/C ( something that I really missed at Kabini ).

This property also offers two safari options per day ( morning and evening ) jeep and boat. The Bhadhra Tiger Reserve is a dense forest and the jeep safari's are exciting. Though sitings of predators is rare as usual. I think this resort experience is more apt for Bird watching than mammals. The resort also offers options of water sports ( at nominal additional cost ) like pedal boats, cannoning, water rides.

The service and hospitality at the resort is very nice ( as expected from JLR ). Food is again on the better side ( I loved their fried fish and tandoori chicken servings ).

Room Tip: Choose the loghuts while booking. They are much closer to the Gol Ghar restaurant.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Having been to River-Tern twice, 3yrs apart, I did see that the Resort had morphed quite a bit, but the forrest, lake, skies, still hold their head high at being untouched.

The resort has a lot more villas (from 10 ->25 now), obviously nicer amenities in the newer villas (better baths, A/Cs for hot weather). Perched on a hill, above the dam-filled Bhadra lake, all the Villas have a good view of the lake, but with more lights on the resort the planetarium like star-gazing has been affected.
If you are a couple, stay in the older huts, bigger families take the newer cottages on the adjacent island. Couples with small kids, stay at the older huts, since the new ones are quite a walk from the reception and lunch gol-ghar.

The 3 best things to do here:
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1 - take the boat ride to see the river terns, swarms of them in the evening sun make you feel that the trip was indeed worth it. Absolutely worth it. Swirling away around you without a care. Must see in ones lifetime.
2 - pick a moonless, cloudless night (if you are lucky :-)) hope that the power goes off in the resort at night, sit in the balcony over the lake at night and watch the night unravel itself. On a good day the Milkyway is clear as daylight. Since the resort is at the edge of the forest and above the lake, there is no light anywhere close, giving it a superb night sky. Watch for that shooting star and make a wish.
3 - lounge in the lake (take a bathing suit). Take a canoe ride, bounce around on the water trampoline, or just chill. 5-star pools cannot give such a refreshing feeling that natural lakes can. If you have kids they will love it.

With the roads to Bhadra getting better, the 5-hr drive to River Tern is a must do.

Room Tip: Villa18 probably has the best undisturbed view, or try the older smaller huts.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

River Tern Lodge consists of cottages, spread over two little hills connected by a bridge, overlooking the Bhadra Lake. The older ones are close to where the reception and the restaurant; I stayied in one of the newer ones, on the other side. The accommodation itself was not exceptional - the furniture is very basic, and so is the quality of bed-linen or towels, etc.; but the room is spatious and healthy, and what really makes the place exceptional are the large balconies, from which there is a fabulous view over the lake.

The place offers activities, in particular jeep-safari and boat-safari. The jeep-safari can be disappointing (the one I did was definitely so, we hardly saw any animals at all, let alone any of the interesting wildlife), but the boat-safari on the lake is actually quite nice, for bird-watching and, in general, beautiful landscapes.

The Lodge is relatively difficult to reach, I think it's good to stay at least two nights. (I only stayed one night, and didn't get to benefit that much from the peaceful atmosphere of the lake.)

The food in the restaurant is OK (though canteen-like); the staff is nice and friendly.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about River Tern Lodge

Address: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Bhadra Project | Lakkavalli, Chikkamagalur 577115, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Chikkamagaluru District > Chikkamagalur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 152 Speciality Lodging in Chikkamagalur
Price Range: ₹ 14,207 - ₹ 15,440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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