Reconnect with the great outdoors
To celebrate the International Day of Forests, Booking.com presents six breathtaking wooded stays in lesser-known Indian destination where travellers can be closer to the woods and experience a stay in the wild.
With all the extra time spent indoors over the past year, Booking.com has seen a noticeable increase in endorsements from Booking.com travellers around the world for hiking (+94 per cent), clean air (+50 per cent) and nature (+44 per cent) since the start of the pandemic. These are based on endorsements left on Booking.com as part of post-stay reviews.*
Whether travellers are looking to stay in a sleek treehouse with modern amenities or a rustic treehouse for an off-the grid experience, these six beautiful properties are sure to inspire the 75 per cent of Indian travellers wanting to appreciate more simple experiences, such as spending time outdoors on vacation, when the time is right to travel again.
Tree House Hideaway, Umaria, Madhya Pradesh
Located just 3 km away from Bandhavgarh National Park in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Tree House Hideaway is a unique property built like an actual treehouse and offers travellers an opportunity to explore the forest with over 250 bird species. The treehouse is built by locals using regularised wood and designed with a fusion of contemporary design and traditional jungle living with earthy tones and eco essentials. To truly give travellers a native vibe, all the five treehouse accommodations are named after the trees on which they have been established - namely Mahua, Tendu, Peepal, Banyan and Palash. One can relax in the midst of the forest treehouse and also visit the Bandhavgarh National Park, which is home to the highest population of royal Bengal tigers in India.
The Tree House Resort, Chandwaji, Rajasthan
Set amidst the abundant forests of Syari Valley, The Tree House Resort is an eco-treehouse accommodation where one can witness the splendid view of the Aravalli range. The resort houses an outdoor pool, tennis court and billiards room for travellers to enjoy a wholesome stay. Travellers can spend peaceful days amid the quiet neighbourhood and nights with the lullaby of crickets and cicadas. Nested at the core of greenery, the treehouse offers all the modern amenities of a comfortable stay. During their stay at the treehouse, travellers can also visit the majestic Amber fort which is 15-minute drive away from the accommodation.
Vythiri Resort, Vythiri, KeralaVythiri, a small town located at around 24 km from Wayanad in Kerala, is one of the most beautiful places in India one can visit any time of the year. Travellers will be welcomed by pleasant weather, mountains and the enormous canopy of a lush tropical rainforest. One can check-in to the Vythiri Resort, an exquisite eco-friendly jungle hideaway set along the slope of a forest clad hill. Comprising five treehouses including one child-friendly family treehouse, they have quaint thatch roofs and bamboo walls built by the members of indigenous tribes with locally sourced materials, with the resort powered by solar energy. Travellers can enjoy a fabulous view of the forests and enjoy an intimate experience of the surrounding sights and sounds. While in Vythiri, travellers can also visit nearby attractions such as Pookot lake (4 km from the treehouse) and Soojipara waterfalls (38 km from the treehouse).
Pench Tree Lodge, Khawasa, Madhya Pradesh
Nestled in forty acres of wilderness in a small tribal village of Sarahiri, Pench Tree Lodge is located just 2.6 km away from Pench National Park in Khawasa. The treehouse sits on Mahua trees and is embellished with unique safari style furniture and exquisite local crafts, designed with an eclectic mix of vintage and natural aesthetics. This eco-accommodation gives travellers an opportunity to spot wild boars, civets, jungle cats, jackals and deer while sipping on their morning cup of tea or coffee. During their stay here, travellers can also choose from a host of activities such as cycling, night trails and village walks. Curl up with a book in bed or watch the unhindered views unfold in the sprawling verandah, Pench Tree Lodge welcomes travellers to an exquisite forest experience like never before.
Kalidasa Tree House and Villa, Chekadi, KeralaWhether seeking some serenity surrounded by nature or looking to reconnect with friends and loved ones after a challenging year, Kalidasa Tree House and Villa is a great accommodation option for travellers looking for some much needed break in the great outdoors. Located in Chekadi in the Kerala region within a short distance from Kuruvadweep, Kalidasa Tree House and Villa offers travellers a beautiful view of the lake and garden. During their stay here, travellers can also explore the beauty of the nearby Kuruva island. Known for its dense and evergreen forests, this uninhabited destination is a natural paradise with an abundance of diverse flora and fauna.
LivingStone Ojuven Treehouses, Kotkhai, Himachal Pradesh
Situated in the scenic Kotkhai region in Himachal Pradesh, LivingStone Ojuven Treehouses are perfect for travellers who love the mountains. Located 7000 feet above sea level, this magical treehouse offers a wonderful view of the surrounding deodar forest. Travellers can enjoy the cold breeze, the rustling of the leaves and be immersed in its natural beauty. During their stay at the treehouse, travellers can also indulge in some adventure sports like zip-lining and rappelling or stroll through the by-lanes of the beautiful forest and trek to the breath-taking Chool peak.
*Insight based on endorsements that saw the biggest increase in monthly usage between 1st April 2020 and 11th September 2020, compared to the average monthly endorsements between January 2019 and February 2020.
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