The Serai Bandipur
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
The Serai stretches alongside Bandipur National Park, a Tiger Reserve in south India which teems with wildlife. Inspired by the game lodges of Africa, The Serai boasts exceptional accommodation with views of the majestic Nilgiris Hills.
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The architecture of the Serai has been inspired by the game lodges of Africa. Thatched roofs, arresting animal prints in each room, large glass doors, wooden floors, open verandas, an richness of strong-beamed wood work and delightful little touches like the large Nagra drums, used in the durbars of old. All these come together to put you in another realm, at another time, and in complete harmony with the dense forests around you.
Bandipur National Park, teems with wildlife, and provides a safe haven to a wide swathe of wildlife, which includes the four horned Antelope, Gaur, Asiatic Elephant, Leopard, Sloth bear, black napped hare, black leopard and a host of bird species like the Barbet, Babbler, Warbler and the Indian Peafowl.
The Serai offers accommodation ranging from huts to residences that have stunning views of the Nilgiris. The 18 courtyards here come in two categories: Mountain View Courtyards that feature gardens and verandas, and the Mountain View Courtyard Superiors that come with separate living rooms. For a more luxurious stay, the property offers 4 Mountain View Log Huts built on slightly raised stilts featuring a mini-bar and a private veranda, and 2 Residence that come with private roof-tops complete with day-beds.
Facilities at The Serai include; Sanctuary Restaurant, Moyar’s Edge Wilderness bar, Swimming Pool, Turquoise gift shop and the Wildlife library.
Nature walks: Venture out with our trained naturalist, whose keen eye will point out different pugmarks, spoor, ferns, trails and other interesting aspects of wild living, that a city-dweller would find fascinating.
Bonfire: A crackling bonfire is one of The Serai’s talking points - trading stories and drinks - under a starlit sky.
Day trip to Ooty: A day trip to the Queen of Hill Stations, Ootacamund or Ooty, 90 km away, can also be arranged. 2290 m above sea level, Ooty offers hills and vales and lakes and the cutest of chocolate shops and eateries. Some tourist favorites are the Pykara Lake, Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake, Rose Garden, Dodabetta, Kothagiri and the plantation town of Coonoor.
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta: The highest peak in Bandipur National Park, is known for its 360 degree spectacular views. Across the hilltop is the 700 year old temple of Lord Venugopala Swamy. This temple was built by the Hoysala King Ballala during 1315 AD. Later the Wodeyars dynasty of Mysore who were ardent devotees of Lord Venugopala displayed keen interest in maintaining the hill temple
Bison Valley View Point: Overlook the magnificent massive bison live in complete peace with all around them, far from the madding crowds.
Location & Directions
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
The Serai is located within the gates of the Bandipur National Park, in Karnataka, south India. Please note: The forest gates at Karnataka and Tamil Nadu close between 21:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs. Therefore the guests have to plan the drive accordingly.
When to go
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.