BR Hills is a tiger reserve located 250KM off Bangalore. Was looking for an ideal getaway place for the weekend and read about BR Hills. Did some research and found “Gorukana, the eco-tourist resort” to be an interesting stay. Got in touch with the team and booked a cottage by paying 50% of the amount in advance.
Booked a cab for a roundtrip from Bangalore for around (5.5K INR). The Gorukana Team helped me arrange a Cab. Started at around 8AM from Bangalore and it took about 4Hrs to reach Gorukana at BR Hills. The staff were really trained and helpful. The front-desk staff was extremely courteous and offered welcome drinks. I checked into a cozy little cottage by around 12.30PM.
They have around more than half-a-dozen of those cottages apart from tree-houses and tent houses. Each cottage is named after an animal and I stayed in the Tiger. The cottage is a small duplex, which had a king-size bed on the ground floor and 2 separate beds on the upper deck. Cottage also has a balcony which faces the lake.
By then it was lunch time; I went to the cafeteria and saw a decent spread of good food including some local cuisine and desserts.
By around 4PM , we were set for a wildlife drive on my car along with an in-house tour guide. The actual safari was closed for this season to prevent forest fire risks and will reopen only by August 2014. Couldn't see too much of wildlife, but the drive was pleasant.
Later, high-tea and dinner at the cafeteria.
Woke up early in morning and after a hot black coffee, took a stroll within the premises.
They do offer complimentary, as well as paid Spa treatments in here.
After breakfast went to visit a local temple.
Checked out at around 11.30AM.
Verdict: Highly recommended. Brilliant atmos for chilling; Peaceful ambience, Excellent support staff and good food. My timing wasn't great as this was a dry season, Would recommend visiting on a welcoming season.