Jlr jungle lodges and resorts by KALYAN S PATIL

Asst. Professor à Department of Tourism and Travel,Sharnbasva University,Kalaburagi
4 Dec 2016

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Jlr jungle lodges and resorts by KALYAN S PATIL

  1. Once upon a time  Karnataka’s forests were the playground of hunters. Kings, queens and ministers from lands afar, came here in pursuit of big game. The bigger the game, the harder they were chased. Kabini’s forests were a special favourite. Rulers came. The viceroys and the officers of the British East India Company came. These forests even played host to the Russian Grand Dukes’ penchant for game hunting, way back in 1891. Today, these forests still hold sway. Their allure still brings people from the farthest outreaches of the globe – Hollywood even – but with a different motive.
  2. Thus began a new chapter  Kathmandu, 1978; the Late Sri. Gundu Rao makes the journey to attend the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference and, by what must have been an intervention of destiny, is given lodgings at the world- famous Tiger Tops Jungle Lodges. The magical setting within the Royal Chitawan National Park and the number of international tourists it brought, captured the imagination of the far-seeing bureaucrat, who later went on to become the Chief Minister of the State. Tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, crocodile, blackbuck, sloth bear, mahseer, peafowl – the state of Karnataka is home to a fascinating range of wildlife – so why not? Upon his return, he wrote to Tiger Tops, inviting them to build a similar model as he’d experienced in Nepal at Nagarahole. A year later, the Government of Karnataka in partnership with Tiger Tops unveiled the Jungle Lodges and Resorts: and India witnessed the birth of what became the country’s first-ever
  3. A twist in the tale  In 1980, the Jungle Lodges & Resorts’ River Kabini Lodge, India’s first eco-tourism destination opened its doors to a waiting public. And then, came the challenges. When you’re pioneering something, you have to be prepared for a few set- backs. In 1987, Tiger Tops drew out of the partnership, and sold their interest to the Government of Karnataka. Looking back, Jungle Lodges & Resorts becoming 100% owned by the Karnataka government, was perhaps the watershed in the history of the venture. Today, we’re an eco-tourism brand with properties across Karnataka and countless fans all over the globe. The journey so far has been long, winding, sometimes a little rocky. But above all, it’s been
  4. And history followed  What began as an experiment has grown into the catchphrase of the times. Eco-tourism wasn’t always as fashionable as it is now. And the story of Jungle Lodges & Resorts is rightfully the story of India’s awakening to wildlife preservation. In the years, we’re proud to have done our bit towards making the nation more sensitive to the cry of the wild. In our lifetime, we’ve seen hunters grow into protectors of the wild; people shedding their indifference to become fierce ambassadors of the jungle; and mostly, the JLR raison detre, positive trends and growth in wildlife numbers.
  5. The Jungle Lodges & Resorts philosophy  From an idea to an exemplar wasn’t an overnight journey. The years have been a learning process – we’ve weeded out the unnecessary and included practices, what have become the JLR philosophy. Part of our purpose is to help each and every one of our guest understand their role in preserving the gifts of nature. A sense of appreciation for the things around them, which cannot be achieved, if we operate like any other resort. We source a large portion of our provisions from local farmers; our staff includes reformed poachers – capitalising on their sound knowledge of the forest and wildlife for the greater good; and our guests often leave as avid endorsers of conservation. So, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever find a 100-room JLR property. We simply don’t believe in human beings outnumbering the animals.
  6.  More experience and redefined luxuries is the JLR motto. The sights, the sounds, the moments all come into play. Moments that are lost in the incessant chatter of the TV; silences that are shattered by a shrill telephone. At JLR, we’ve pulled the plug out on TVs and phones. Out here, nothing comes between you and nature. JLR is also about cultivating your dormant sense of wonder. The sights and experiences, a JLR resort affords you, are unlike any other. And we believe that such stories must be shared. Meal times at JLR are together times. Barring a couple of properties, all our resorts have no restaurants but instead have a group dining area called the Gol Ghar, where lunch and dinner buffets are served at set timings. Dinners by campfires nourish the storyteller in every one of us, past experiences have taught us. Come by and discover the JLR experience for yourself. But tread softly, for
  7. JLR Objectives  The Company promotes Eco-tourism, wildlife tourism, adventure tourism and various outdoor activities like trekking, camping, white water rafting, fishing etc., that are non consumptive components of eco-tourism and in general help in environment conservation
  8. Establishments of JLR  Spread over Karnataka, Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd., operates 16 resorts. Accommodations here vary from tents to rooms to independent cottages. Besides, there are 3 resorts operated on management contract.  Kabini River Lodge, Karapur, H.D.Kote Taluk, Mysore District.  K.Gudi Wilderness Camp, B.R.Hills, Chamarajnagar.  Bheemeshwar Nature & Adventure Camp, Malavalli Taluk, Mandya District.  Galibore Fishing Camp, Kanakapura Taluk, Bangalore Rural District.  Kali River Lodge, Kogil Ban, Dandeli, Uttara Kannada
  9.  Devbagh Beach Resort, Karwar, Uttara Kannada District.  Bannerghatta Nature Camp, Bannerghatta, Bangalore.  Bandipur Safari Lodge, Melkamanahalli, Bandipur.  River Tern Lodge, Lakavalli, Chickmagalur District.  Old Magazine House, Ganeshgudi, Uttara Kannada District  Dubare Elephant Camp, Kushalnagar, Kodagu District  Pilikula Nisarghadhama, Mangalore  Sloth Bear Resort, Hampi, Hospet  Blackbuck Resort, Bidar  Upcoming projects  Belgaum.  Apsarkonda is a small village near Honnavar, town in Uttara Kannada district
  10. Activities  Wildlife Safari  Trekking  Coracle ride  Bird Watching  Day Visit  Nature Walk  Elephant Rides  Kayaking  Mountain Biking  Water Rafting  Snorkeling
  11. Wildlife Safari  A safari is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists to forest and wildlife. In the past, the trip was often a big-game hunt, but today, safari often refers to trips to observe and photograph wildlife—or hiking and sight-seeing as well.
  12. Trekking  Trekking is making a journey/trip on foot, especially to hike through mountainous areas often for multiple days and along lovely mountains villages and enjoying nature and/or close contact with people in remote mountain villages where lifestyle sometimes is unchanged since many generations.
  13. Coracle ride  on river Kabini. Guests will be taken on a traditional round shaped boat called a coracle. The design of the boat is unique to the rivers of southern India and surprisingly to the rivers of Ireland!
  14. Bird Watching  Birdwatching, or birding, is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, by listening for bird sounds
  15. Day Visit
  16. Nature Walk  A walk in nature brings us a serenity by allowing our overstimulated modern minds a chance to rest. It helps us to relax, it lowers our stress, depression, and anxiety levels, it increases our attention spans and memory, and it provides a source of gentle exercise
  17. Kayaking  Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. ... A kayak is a low-to-the-water, canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation
  18. Elephant Ride
  19. Mountain biking  Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off- road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes
  20. Water Rafting  Rafting and white water rafting are recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, and generally represents a new and challenging environment for participants
  21. Snorkeling  Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually fins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn
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