If you are as much in need of some fresh air as I do, then consider travelling to Bhagavathi Nature Camp, an offbeat and therapeutic site in the lap of the Kudremukh mountains. Offering astounding views, atypical spots, a possibility to spot wildlife and ample, other adventures, this jungle lodge resort property in Karnataka, is one of the best places to connect to nature. With no mobile network, no worldly distractions, Bhagavathi Nature Camp is a glorious adventure to flee the city life to be endowed by the wonders of nature.
Whoever said that camping isn’t supposed to be glamorous hasn’t visited Bhagavathi Nature Camp as yet! From luxury chalets to tented lodgings, BNC lets you indulge in a fancier atmosphere while you pay for the traditional way of camping. At Bhagavathi Nature Camp, the sense of wanderlust spontaneously assumes control, be it taking a quiet walk to the nearby lake, trekking up the Kudremukh mountains or lounging on a hammock under a starry night! The reason why many national and global trekkers and nature enthusiasts visit this untarnished region in Karnataka for its stark elegance, verdant hills, waterfalls and lush valleys.
Luxurious Nature Camping
I was fortunate to take a trip to this JLR resort with the Ministry of Tourism India who, rounded up a selection of pretty spots to get me to experience a wanderlust daydream. Karnataka is home to many mountainous terrains, including Kudremukh Wildlife Division and Agumbe forest, both famous for offering the most-suited jungle lodging. After a scenic two-hour drive from Udupi, and say about 11 km from Kudremukh, we arrived at Bhagawathi Nature Camp, a marvellous starting point for many treks.
Kudremukh is a landscape designed entirely by rain and everything en route, be it remote villages, or cardamom, palms, mango and coffee trees immersed in blossoms – each anticipates the first rain. In Kudremukh, where water is collected, by the natural landscape of rivers Bhadra, Nethravathi and Tunga, mosaic hills and tea estates endure verdant evergreen rain forests resembling a sky islet. Wildlife here comprises leopards, tigers, langurs, sambar, sloth bears, jackals, porcupines and mongoose.
BNC is a resonating forest where you will hear the unvarying melodious hummings of Malabar whistling thrush, Malabar trogon, pied hornbill and imperial pigeons. United tunefully with the gushing streams and rivers! Surrounded by pristine wilderness, this camp is a nature lover’s paradise. Apart from being home to thriving flora and fauna, BNC is also home to hundreds of King Cobras and Malabar giant squirrels.
Accommodation at Bhagavathi Nature Camp
The accommodation at Bhagavathi Nature Camp varies from wooden chalets to tented cottages priced economically from INR 2.5K onwards. BNC package includes trekking, forest entry charges and full-board accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner. I stayed at Chalet number 1, entirely, finished in wood and well-equipped with a large bed, a walk-in-closet, a work desk, an additional single bed, a spacious tiled and sanitised washroom and ample charging points.
Some of the other amenities offered with the chalet incorporate private parking, wake-up service at 6 AM, complimentary toiletries and a dental kit on request. Every BNC chalet comes with an outdoor hammock for a relaxing time. For an even more pleasurable experience, take a guided walk around the property. Alongside, nature camp runs Bhadra river where you can take a dip in the rippling waters. Bhagwati Nature Camp also offers room service and medical service to its guests.
The camp only provides first aid but, the nearest hospital is very much far. Even with all three meals put together, the limited menu rounds up to typical Karnataka cuisine that is reasonably delicious! I think a few continental inclusions could certainly, help attract more visitors. The staff is remarkably polite and courteous, and during one of the brief chats, I learnt that a Sambar has made this nature camp his permanent home is frequently, heeded, wandering around. Adorable, isn’t it?! Overall, BNC is a phenomenal place for nature enthusiasts seeking an undisturbed affair with nature. Watch out for leeches in the monsoon.
Jeep Safari Through National Park
In the evening, I took a jeep safari to the summit of Kudremukh National Park, and along the way, spotted many birds and even a Sambar or two. This horse-face hill requires a small hike up, and on a clear day, you can view the white edge of the Lakya Dam and the blue borders of the Arabian Sea. The national park is prospering with thick rainforests full of rising trees while, at its peak, you may enjoy soul-stirring sunsets. Poaching is a great concern here, and so to trek within Kudremukh National Park, you must first obtain entry permits from the range officers.
By and large, BNC awarded a perfect internet free getaway in the dense meadows of Kudremukh national park. Whether you want to plan a long vacation or squeeze in a weekend getaway, Kudremukh near Udupi, is always the answer. I found Kudremukh to be an enriching occasion to connect with myself. Environed by nature, I was breathing fresh air and walking on raw land, something that I had missed since the arrival of the pandemic. To reach BNC either, drive down or take a bus from Udupi. Alternately you could hire a jeep taxi as the public transport is infrequent. Round trip from Karkala costs INR 5000.