Transparent Igloo-shaped tents, Ooty
The romance of sleeping under an open sky and staring at the stars has been a dream for most city-dwellers. You can do so and that too in style, if you plan a stay at Crest Valley in Ooty! They offer a stay in safe and secure igloo-shaped transparent tents in forest wilderness. And, you get free breakfast, lockers and sleeping bags to boot. The tents are waterproof, so you need not worry about rains at all. Each tent can accommodate 2 to 3 people. Crest Valley also offers loads of activities like cycling, trekking, fishing, forest safaris and leisure walks. You need to make your reservations soon.
Guhantara Cave Resorts, Bengaluru
This is a unique and aesthetically designed cave resort, located 30 feet below ground level. It constitutes underground A/C cottages, coffee lounge, multi-cuisine restaurant, an underground river, swimming pool, and waterfalls. It is bound to be a fascinating and memorable outing and kids can have fun with additional facilities of cycling, kite flying and archery set up in the lawn area. Both indoor and outdoor games such as paintball, zorbing and a lot more are available to spend a fun-filled evening.
Karuna Dham, Kodaikanal
Experience staying in natural surroundings at this unique property in Kodaikanal, which you can rejuvenate your mind and soul. At Karuna, they intend to harmonise with nature taking care of body, mind and spirit without compromising on basic amenities. They intend to promote an alternative lifestyle. They don’t use electricity from the national grid. All power is sourced from solar energy and hydroelectric power. The climate and water resources are good for cultivation through the year. Various systems of organic farming are being practiced. At present 20 varieties of fruits are grown in-house and served to guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the rooms are ideally situated, clean and comfortable. Every room has solar lights, room heater and bathroom with ample water. Some travelers are tired of eating restaurant food, and like to cook for themselves. For this reason, every room is provided with a fully-equipped kitchen. They do not allow alcohol and non-veg food on premises.
The Wilds @Northern Hay, Masinagudi
This is 98-acre coffee estate intertwined gracefully with the edges of a dense jungle, both existing in perfect harmony with each other – a rarity indeed! The Wilds at Northern Hay is a jungle lodge located right in the middle of this plantation and jungle confluence. Once a coffee warehouse, the bungalow has now been restored and redesigned. While the thrills are offered by the forest, they offer you a place to maximise the experience. From tree-houses to luxury cottages, they offer a wide variety of options to guests. The property organises safaris with learned guides to Mudumalai and birding trips in the surrounding hills. Over 200 avian species including Malabar Grey Hornbills, falcons, Malabar Whistling Thrushes and Racket-Tailed Drongos make home in this biodiversity hotspot.
Barefoot Scuba Dive Resort, Havelock Island, Andaman
Set exclusively on the famous Beach No.7 amidst pristine tropical forests, a holiday at the Barefoot at Havelock resort is a wonderful experience. Here, far away from the hubbub of the city life that you wish to leave behind, you will unearth the treasures of nature, discover the tranquility you seek and be charmed forever. The Barefoot at Havelock resort consists of 31 elegantly designed thatch tents, cottages and villas complete with spacious interiors, modern amenities and ensuite bathrooms. Constructed using environmentally sensitive indigenous materials, this is the first and only ecologically friendly resort in the Andaman Islands. They offer scuba diving and snorkeling within their premises along with nature walks and kayaking.