All of the adventures of being in the lap of nature, without any of the discomforts of sleeping on the grass, it’s no surprise why glamping has risen in the ranks of popular tourist activities in the past few years. And with the pandemic in full swing, there’s no better way to get away from the hustle of the city, while also practising COVID-19 safety norms. We round up a list of the best glamping spots from Bengaluru. By Eshita Srinivas
The melody of chirping birds and the soft whoosh of the forest breeze can lose their charm when you’re struggling to settle into a comfortable position in your sleeping bag while swatting away flies. And that’s where glamping comes in. Taking one of life’s simplest pleasures and adding a bit of luxe to it, this form of travel really is all about having the best of both worlds. With plush pillows, amenities, and extravagant meals combined with the promise of an adventurous time, here’s our list of the best glamping spots from Bengaluru.
Add a twist to your adventure itinerary with these glamping spots from Bengaluru
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Couched in the spot where the Bandipur and Nagarhole national parks meet, the babbles of the Kabini river form the backdrop of The Bison Resort. Here you can stay in African-style tents with soft double beds, dressing tables, armchairs, personal lounge and dining areas, and stunning walk-in showers and tubs that will have you taking bubble baths under the stars. After a leisurely breakfast, head out to a safari to spot deer, boars, or even tigers. Or sit back with a drink in hand to count elephants. We recommend a midnight boat ride on the backwaters. There’s also plenty of opportunities to discover different species of reptiles, birds, and other wildlife. Just a five-hour drive away from Bengaluru, there’s no better way to experience wildlife than by staying here.
Address: Kabini Road, Nisana, Uttarahalli Hobli, Heggadadevankote, Karnataka
Contact: +91 80412 78708
Image: The Bison Resort
One of the more popular options for glamping from the city, and for good reason, 16 Bedouin resorts have several luxurious tents on offer. The Thar tent houses up to 4 people and comes with a double bed, ensuite bathroom, television, WiFi and a lot more. The Moroccan tent, meanwhile, comes with all of that and a private pool and outdoor shower. A stay here comes with barbeque and campfire nights, poolside drinking, and lazy dips in the pool.
Address: 116, Golden Mile, Nallur
Contact: +91 98860 73139
Image: 16 Bedouin Resorts
You don’t need an excuse to explore God’s own country. With stunning natural topography, complete with rolling hills, billowing trees, and roaring rivers, there’s so much the region offers. And now you can experience all that and more with a stay at The Outer Space (Toss Glamping) at a beautiful glass cabin in Munnar. Here you can recline on a soft bed while watching the stars and taking several pictures for the ‘gram, wifi included. And when you run out of battery, there are charging points at an arm’s reach to keep your phone going. We recommend being in the cabin during dawn to watch the colours of the sunset bounce off of the glass walls. You could also look forward to campfire nights and short treks to a waterfall while you’re here.
Address: Sathram Rd, Vandiperiyar, Kerala
Contact: +91 82819 27940
Image: The Outer Space
Located in Kabini, a stay at KAAV promises to be both adventurous and romantic. Their luxury tents feature a private deck, open bathtubs, and stunning views of the wilderness. A boat safari to watch over 250 species of birds and spot reptiles along the way comes highly recommended here. And if you’re a conscious traveller, you’ll be impressed by how the resort uses renewable sources of energy. For instance, all their kitchen waste is turned into biogas to be used for all cooking. The groundwater tables are constantly replenished and endemic flora is planted annually to maintain the biodiversity of the woods. With the promise of a small footprint, you can rest assured you’re being sustainable, even while enjoying luxe offerings while you’re here.
Address: Malalli, Cross, PO, N.Belthur, Karnataka
Contact: +91 48428 64800
Image: KAAV Safari Lodge
Another stunning space in Kerala, this time in Wayanad, The Glamping Village by Discover Wayanad has several options for your glamping vacation. The A-frame pods house two and offer a more romantic atmosphere while the bell tents and glamping pods are for when you’re travelling with your family or in groups of 4. All of the tents come with comfortable beds and there’s delicious homely food on offer. Spend your nights here by the campfire and your days cycling or trekking. We recommend a walk through the tea plantations and waking up in time to watch the sunrise.
Address: Puthumala Chooralmala, Meppadi, Kerala
Contact: +91 90722 99665
Image: The Glamping Village
Perched on a hill in Chikmagalur, away from the chatter of civilization, Bird’s Eye Estate offers glamping domes for a luxurious stay in the company of lush coffee plantations. Complete with a kitchenette, king-sized bed, an ensuite shower –a stay here promises a serene atmosphere, stunning views, and delicious homemade local fare on request. Sit at the bonfire and watch the stars in the night sky and if you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by several fireflies. What’s better is that the place is pet-friendly, so your beloved family member can enjoy all of these amenities and experiences right alongside you.
Address: Byravalli village, Avathi Hobli, Karnataka
Contact: +91 99169 92866
Image: Bird’s Eye Estate
Nestled in a four-acre farm at the foothills of Savandurga, Camp Vagabond offers African-style cosy tents with ensuite bathrooms, comfortable beds, and plenty of charging points. Wake up to a stunning sunrise, enjoy a barbeque meal in the open, go on an adventurous trek of the surroundings, or warm your hands on a chilly evening at the campfire while you’re here. We recommend lazing around with a book in hand while gazing at the stunning views of the camp spot.
Address: Savanadurga, Karnataka
Contact: +91 99013 34993
Image: Camp Vagabond