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Jungle Retreat Road, Bokkapuram, Masinagudi, Nilgiri , 643223 | Show on Map
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Jungle Retreat Resort has a travel counter that assists guests in wildlife safaris or car rentals. This resort in Nilgiri is approximately situated at a distance of 33 km from the Ooty Railway Station.There are a total of 16 spacious guestrooms spread across 3 floors for accommodation.
All rooms have amenities that include bottled drinking water,wardrobe, separate sitting area and attached bathroom with hot/cold water supply.Jungle Retreat Resort in Nilgiri offers 24-hour front desk assistance, room service, laundry, 24-hour security and medical service.It has a backup generator within the resort in case of power failure.
ATC Bus Stand is 35 km and Coimbatore International Airport is 137 km away from the property. Places of interest are Bandipur National Park (25 km) and Mudumalai National Park (18 km).
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by SurmaG on August 19, 2018
We took a road trip from Bangalore and thoroughly enjoyed the route, passing through the bandipur and masinagudi reserves. The last few hundred metres leading up to the resort are rough but as soon as your navigate that and enter the resort you feel euphoric! The place is stunning and merges with the beautiful natural surroundings around. The resort has adorable pet dogs and cats who make the experience more joyful and you can eat breakfast with a herd of deer's grazing just a few feet away. If you are lucky you can spot a wild elephant or bear who stray into the resort. We were lucky to have dinner with Surabhi, the resort manager and hearing her talk about the resort and the wildlife was a delight. Must plan a visit to masinagudi to stay at this place. Start from Bangalore early morning (3-4 am) and you will be there in five hours. On the way back as well start early so that you avoid the continuous busy traffic on Mysore highway. Just be careful to find out and confirm the entry timings of bandipur and mudumalai reserves so that you don't have to take a detour.
by MaddyBala on August 7, 2018
We have religiously avoided masinagudi for the notoriety it has earned because of the risks the resorts take with wildlife - particularly elephants and crowd. We had run out of options for places within a few hours of drive from Bangalore and eventually relented and decided to try masinagudi keeping an open mind. we were tired of visiting ooty, gudalur, kabini, B.R, hills, Sathyamangalam and Bandipur and so Masinagudi it was! We stayed at the Jungle Retreat in room no 8 - deluxe room. We selected the resort for the good reviews in tripadvisor, location, emphasis on safety and privacy. The booking process was smooth and got a confirmation the very next day though the booking form gave a much bigger time window for confirmation. Our food preferences were noted down by the person who confirmed the booking. A couple of days before the check-in, the manager Surabhi called us to inform about the ID proof we need to carry and check if we were going to have lunch before check-in. Please do note that the check-in time is 2:00 pm and not 12:00 pm like it is elsewhere in the region. Location: The resort is located in Bokkapuram village in Masinagudi. As you drive from Bandipur, take a left at Theppakadu/Mudhumalai safari area towards the Sigur Ghat road to ooty. You need to take the 2nd right after exiting Masinagudi town. The last 800 metres after the Bokkapuram temple is a mud track and low clearance vehicles need to be driven slowly and carefully to avoid underbelly hits! There is no board providing directions on the main road. Take the right after Bamboo banks if you are coming from Bandipur and the left after Mavenalla if you are driving down from Ooty through Sigur Ghat. The property is expansive and located in the rain shadow region in the shadows of the Glenmorgan hills/Mukurthi NP. The views are fantastic ! Accommodation: We stayed in the Deluxe room 8. The room can accommodate 3 adults/2 adults + 2 children in comfort. There is a decent sized bathroom and a large bedroom with a very small verandah. They provide separate lodging for drivers near the parking area. On arrival, you are debriefed about the safety precautions and do's and dont's. With no electric fencing to secure the perimeter, the numerous spotted deer were omnipresent in the banyan tree next to our room. The room and bathroom was spotlessly clean. The linen was fresh and the mattress was very comfortable. There are a couple of reading lights for the queen sized bed and a wooden dressing table. There was a separate clothes hanger and couple of tables to keep our luggage. The toiletries provided were of good quality. The western commode was of very old design and had trouble flushing. It was a minor one given that we stayed for just a day and might be bothersome for those who stay for longer period. You will notice the large number of pets the owners keep. They were well behaved and are a bonus if you are a fan of pets. Wildlife: The birding was outright poor and was a bummer. I typically spot more species if I step out of my home here in bangalore! I'd like to give the benefit of doubt given the unseasonal rains. We were informed of a leopard and an elephant visiting the property at night a few days earlier but nothing happened during our stay. Just before dinner, they show footage from camera traps placed around the property and is definitely interesting. Food: The food is primarily biased towards western tastes - just the way we like it! If you prefer smothering masalas that overwhelm the taste and flavour of the main ingredient, then you might find it bland. Surprisingly there was no welcome drink and wet towels provided on our arrival particularly given the premium rates they charge! The evening beverage was tea/coffee, biscuits and home made cakes. They were good. Dinner was a buffet and turned out to be a mixed bag with panneer mutter, salad, pita bread, butter chicken gravy, lemon garlic fish, pudding for dessert, white rice, curd, lentil gravy, pickles and pappadam. We had requested food without chillies and duly provided with generous quantities of chicken and panneer mutter made without them. The lemon garlic fish had too much of coriander which spoiled dish. It was tender but the preparation totally ruined it. The white rice similarly was heavy on soda and looked like it was bleached. I was surprised at the poor quality of the rice used! A standard grade sona masoori is expected and we were definitely disappointed! Breakfast was good with fruit juice, fresh fruit, cereals, pork sausages, toasted bread, jam, butter, marmalade, eggs, idli, coconut chutney and a spicy chutney. It tasted really good and we enjoyed it! All snacks you order are charged exorbitant rates. If you are accustomed to wildlife movement in an elephant corridor, I'd suggest driving 5 kms to Masinagudi town for extra snacks. We didn't order anything outside the standard menu as the prices charged were unpalatable even for a premium property and comparable to pricing in a four seasons or Intercontinental type hotel. Activities: We paid 1770 all inclusive for jeep drive and the naturalists set us realistic expectations on what can be sighted given the rush on the weekends. It was a 3 hour drive in a well maintained vehicle and the guides were fantastic following good practices and unlike the idiotic conduct the area is notorious for! In the morning we were taken for a walk around the property and like i mentioned, we are used to more wildlife outside our home in bangalore! May be winter with its migrants might be different. There are a couple of watch towers located in strategic places to spot wildlife. The pool was good and neatly maintained though some might not like the fact that wild animals drink from it and overnight animals might relieve themselves near the area! Staff: All the staff were well behaved and genuinely cared about our comfort and were a definite highlight of the resort! Verdict: The property scores very low on value. A few things to the owners that might improve the perception for people like us: 1. Include more activities. Make the morning walk longer through places where the wildlife spotting is much better! The road between the resort to Bokkapuram temple always had better sightings than inside the campus! 2. Stock more books in the room. Birding guide by Grimmett & Inskipp, Snakes of Peninsular india etc were available only in the cafeteria and we were told we can't take it to our rooms even though nobody was using them! At this price, this is the least we can expect. 3. Given the high number of staff involved and general tendencies of big mammals to emerge out at night, do make arrangements to eager visitors to stay back at the pool side or other watch towers at the periphery in the presence of guards. 4. Improve the buffet spread. It was too thin for the price charged and definitely contrasts poorly with other resorts in the vicinity, which are cheaper by 30% or so and have a bigger spread! 5. Provide three meals as standard instead of just dinner and breakfast. For the price charged, it is a reasonable expectation and might improve the perception being low on value for the price paid!
by Michaela T on August 1, 2018
We spent 3 nights at jungleretreat and except for the rain, we enjoyed it. The bungalows are really basic and could see some renovation but the property and staff is really great. We did two trips organized by jungleretreat and they both were really good. In my opinion, the lunch buffet is a bit expensive but the food was good, also the dinner was really good.
by aGoanFoodie on July 2, 2018
A beautiful property spread over 30 odd acres.no fences no boundaries.. especially for wild life. They just keep moving around the property like they own it. Excellent and very hospitable staff. Would really like to thank Sira, Mani and Surabhi for putting with all the questions I asked. Only negative for me was the food. Taste was great but I would have really loved some natives preparations. See you guys soon!!
by 936vss on May 22, 2018
Jungle retreat is for people who likes to blend with nature. Situated near to reserved forest its home for many wild animals as well. We were lucky enough to spot a sloth bear during our safari to sringara organised by jungle retreat . Staffs were polite and food was delicious , everyone was there to help us with a happy face . Rooms are very spacious and can easily accomandate 3 persons . We hope to come back soon . Cheers
by MaddyBala on August 7, 2018
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