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Dhole's Den, Bandipur
Dhole's Den is an eco-friendly Lodge and luxurious gateway to the Bandipur National Park
The name Dhole's Den is derived from the Dhole, the Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus). For many years it was hunted down as vermin but it is one of the most fascinating hunters in the Indian jungle with a complex and unique social hierarchy. The dholes live in packs and are organised perfectly under the leadership of an alpha male and alpha female. The population of the Dholes has been dessimated in the various national parks in India and a notable population remains only in national parks like Kanha, Periyar and Nagerhole and of course Bandipur. At Dhole's Den it is our endeavour to emphasize the importance and the beauty of this animal which wrongly stands in the shadow of bigger and well-known animals like the tiger, leopard or elephant and win support for the conservation of the jungle in Bandipur with the dhole as its mascot.
How to Reach :
90 km from Mysore, 19 km from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, 110 km from Nagerhole National Park and 79 km from Ooty; nearest airports are Bangalore (220 km) and Coimbatore (168 km).
Best time of travel :
The park is open all the year round. The seasons are well recognised. The wet season or Monsoon can be observed between June and September as well as October to November. The mornings and the evenings from November to January can be cold.
Dhole's Den offers 5 spacious living units (2 rooms, 1 Suite and 2 bungalows). The guests rooms in the main house are on the first floor. The space for living and sleep intermingle with each other. Space, light, air and sight are the forefront of all the units. Large glas sliding doors offer a panoramic and unhindered view of the landscape and the Niligiri Mountains. Ever changing vistas and hues ranging from misty mornings, village scenery with cowherds passing by to golden sunsets are a treat to watch.
The sobriquet "The Blue Mountains of Ooty" unfolds truly at Dhole's Den. The high ceilings and glass louvers allow the winds to pass through so that the rooms are never to hot even during the mid day heat. Comfortable marble sit-outs reduce the amount of furniture required in the room. The spacious balconies are covered by terracotta tiles so that the guest can enjoy the panorama in the shade throughout the day. Sun bathe, enjoy a sun downer or a private dinner from the free standing balconies which two of the rooms have to offer.
The suite with its over 105 square metres and a large private balcony offers ample space for creative thinking and relaxation. The whole building is placed on the north/south axis so that the course of the sun can be followed by you.
The dining and living rooms are on the ground floor, also here space and light are the main features. Watch the chef prepare your breakfast or let him explain how to prepare one of those tasty south Indian curries in the live kitchen.
The two separate built cottages offer a spacious living, bed area and balcony. The living, bed and the bath are placed in such a way so as to offer privacy even without any walls or doors. The bright and friendly bath area offers even a shower open to the sky and even a view to the mountains both giving a special touch of freedom. The large balcony is separated from the bed room by sliding glass shutters allowing enough light and sight from the moment you wake up till you lay down for a night's rest.
Leisure activities : Jeep rides to the Bandipur National Park (camera fees have to be paid extra by the guests), nature walks, village safaris, jogging track, meditation corner, cooking demonstration and courses. Personal yoga course upon request.
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