How about living like a bird in a ‘nest’ made out of bamboo and wood? Get close to nature by living in these serene tree houses in India.
Imagine resting in a resort perched amidst tree branches, waking up to the chirping of birds and walking into the lush forests as you step out of your room. If the whole idea of planning a travel is to escape your routine and have a change of landscape, there’s really nothing quite like spending a weekend in a tree house. And you don’t even have to venture too far into the forested hinterland to find one.
1 RAINFOREST BOUTIQUE RESORT,
An hour’s drive away from the Cochin International Airport, Rainforest Boutique Resort-lies within the verdant environs of the Sholayar forest near the popular Athirapally Falls in Kerala. The resort of-fers a range of lodgings- luxury rooms, premium rooms, celestial rooms, drongo and hornbill suites among others- but the highlight by far is the tree house. The tree house accommodates two adults easily and offers residents spectacular views of the thundering Athirapally waterfall and the surrounding forest. Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant, which serves some unusual local dishes, as well as standard continental fare.
2 TREE HOUDE HIDEAWAY,
The resort houses five tree houses that offer spectacular views of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and the Bandhavgarh fort in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Hand-built entirely by the resort’s local staff, all the tree houses are built of wood, and include spacious bedrooms and a living area. The resort overlooks a watering hole, which is frequented by birds and animals, Overall, it is an ideal experience of living in the wild.
3 VANYA TREE HOUSE,
THEKKADY, TAMIL NADU
The three-hour windy road journey from the Cochin International Airport to Thekkady, along the Periyar River, offers spectacular views of the hills of Idukki. Guests heading to Vanya Tree House need to trudge the final 700 metres on foot, Located at an altitude of 3,000 feet, it lies in splendid isolation with magnificent views of the surrounding hills.
4 TREE HOUSE COTTAGES,
Surrounded by apple, walnut and plum orchards, Tree House Cottages in Manali are ideal for a quick getaway from Chandigarh, or even Delhi. Whether you choose the tree house or a Swiss tent, you can enjoy the cosy lodgings and types can choose to go paragliding, zorbing and mountain biking, all within a few kilometres of the resort.
5 THE TREE HOUSE RESORT,
An hour’s drive from Jaipur, the Tree House Resort offers deluxe nests, luxury nests and private suites, all equipped with modern amenities like air conditioners, wi-fi connectivity, and inexplicably even a television. Guests have a lot to do in their free time- they can opt for a jungle safari, bird-watching tour and a lot more. Those who don’t want to stray too far from the resort can play badminton, volleyball, tennis, billiards, try their hand at archery or just lounger in the pool. The multi-cuisine Tree House Restaurant serves food made out of organic produce grown locally while the Peacock Bar is where you’ll find guests tipping sundowners every evening! You’ll also find a Nature Shop that paintings and handicraft.