I am Anil and along with my wife Anju, we manage Jungle Retreat Wayanad. We both are employed in the IT world in Bangalore, but both of us are also ardent wildlife lovers and so we spend as much time as possible in our farm in Wayanad.
In my eyes, what is unique about Jungle Retreat Wayanad is that though it is just around 4 hours away from Bangalore, it is just such a different world in itself and you can see animals grazing and roaming around right from your room itself! Think about it, where else can one see wild animals from the comfort of your room, without having to take a safari drive and go into the jungle? Sheer Bliss!
My parents spend a lot of time in Wayanad, my father is a Retd. Engineer, he is big into farming and my mom is a PhD in Botany, she is a Retd. Professor, and along with various NGO activities, she supports a nearby Tribal school.
Jungle Retreat Wayanad is not complete without its staff, we are very lucky to have a set of folks, most of them Tribals from the nearby village. They are not the most polished set of people, but they serve you from their heart with an honest smile. Most of them were born and brought up here, and their knowledge of the jungle is second to none.
Jungle Retreat Wayanad is our home, our passion and we gladly invite like-minded people from around the world to come and experience the real Indian jungle in her full glory where animals and people still co-exist.
Jungle Retreat Wayanad is a 10 acre farm surrounded by jungle on all sides and we
have daily wildlife sightings right inside the farm itself. We have regular sightings
of elephants, gaurs, deer, wild boar and the resident pack of wild-dogs (Dholes)
come over for a drink during sunny evenings. It is also not uncommon to hear the
roar of the Tiger or the Leopard; our unique selling point is Wildlife – wildlife
without having to go in search of it.
Our farm is at an elevation of 800 meters MSL and the forest type is predominantly tropical evergreen, moist deciduous and dry deciduous forests. In the north and East we share our border with Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, Nagarahole National Park to the west, and we share our Southern border with the Brahmagiri mountain ranges. We are bang in the middle of 3 protected reserves and as you know, Nagarahole is also called as the Tiger capital of the world because it has the highest density and highest number of Tigers anywhere in the world. You should also be able to see at least 50 different types of birds from the farm itself, needless to say, it is a birder’s paradise as well.
The unique location gives you the feeling that you are camping out in the jungle, but in complete comfort and safety. For nature lovers, ours is an ideal place to stay in Wayanad.
We have just a few rooms that we let out, and this gives ample privacy
to our guests. This also ensures that the animals visiting our farm are not disturbed by us humans. The rooms are basic, neat and clean, please don’t expect any sort
of luxury such as TVs, Fridge and ACs, not that you’d need an AC, the temperature is almost always moderate round the year. Bathrooms are well appointed
with running hot and cold water, we have electricity backup if the main grid fails.
But it is all about the outdoors in Jungle Retreat Wayanad.
We have the jungle cottage which gives the best views of the farm, these are stand-alone cottages jutting out into the meadows. You have an unobstructed view of the watering-hole and the meadows from your balcony, which is where you are most likely to spend your time. It also has a large private sun-deck for you to soak in the sun and enjoy the star-lit sky at nights.
The twin cottage also has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and 1 balcony, ideal for a small family of 2 or 3. The twin cottages also have large, excellent balconies and it is made of stone. It has the largest rooms and the largest balconies as well.
For extended families we’d recommend the Villa which has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies all under one roof. The villa is at an elevated level and being close to the jungle, you should be able to feel the jungle and experience the sights and sounds right from your room itself.
Wayanad is blessed by Mother Nature in every sense of the word, there is beauty in abundance wherever you look. Jungle Retreat Wayanad is situated in the north of Wayanad which is not only rich in wildlife but it also surrounded by various points of interests. The following are less than 30 minutes drive from our farm:
Thirunelli Temple: A 5000 year old temple which is also an architectural wonder, perhaps the oldest temple in India.
Papanashini Stream: Often referred to as the Ganges of the south, believed that a dip here would wash away the sins
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary: Wildlife safari in one of the least explored and best sanctuaries for wildlife sightings
Nagarahole National Park: Enjoy the wildlife safari in one of the best National Parks in India. It is also called as the Tiger capital of the world due to the highest density and number of wild Tigers in the park
Brahmagiri Trek: All day deep jungle trek (12KM total) accompanied by a forest guard to the peak of the mighty Brahmagiri mountain ranges
Iruppu waterfalls: A beautiful 50 feet waterfall set in the jungle, you can swim under the waterfall
Edakkal Cave: Trek to the Edakkal caves, an ancient cave structure and with prehistoric cave drawings
Kuruva Island: An amazing 1000 acre island with unique flora and fauna, you can take a boat and reach the island which is rich in bird life
Other Activities in Wayanad: We have a host of other activities that we can arrange for you. For a detailed set of the activities, please visit the Rates page in the website.