Ratapani Jungle lodge is an enchanting waterfront property, on the fringes of Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary, now a deemed Tiger Reserve, located at the far end of the Vindhyachal Ranges, on the banks of Kolar reservoir, perched atop a hill, at a beautiful vantage, offering a panoramic view of the reservoir below, covered with a dense thick forest, in an area inhabited by Tiger, Leopards, Wildcats, Sloth-bears Foxes, Hyenas, Deer’s and Languor’s amongst a host of other animals and birds.
As you drive up to the Lodge, through the dense woods and the beautiful rolling Vindhyachal hills, the road itself sheltered under the thick canopy and a beautiful foliage, you can't help but be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the pristine and untouched forest. The drive up to the Lodge itself gives one a semblance of no less than a Safari of sorts.
The Lodge, presents a welcoming warmth, blending into the surrounding greens, offering 23 Wonderfully Furnished luxury accommodations, each with its own verandah sit-out with pathways connecting the various parts of the property, a winding staircase descending through the woods, on to the Lower Decks.
And all this while, in front of you is the VAST expanse of the magnificent Kolar Reservoir and the enchanting Ratapani Jungles, dotting the banks and the small hillocks, as far as the eye can see.
The Lodge offers a variety of amenities to keep the guest engaged during their stay at the property, which includes a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the hill, a recreation room, a small AV room, a beautiful viewing deck and two lovely restaurants to take care of the guests’ culinary needs. The upper deck offers one of the most scintillating sunset views that one can imagine and as the day draws to a close, a crackling warm Bonfire is lit for the guests, with a light music and one can look forward to a night of stargazing. Taking night drive in the forest is highly recommended as one is able to see an array of nocturnal animals and birds. Driving through the dense forest through the night, is exciting in itself and to gaze into the depth of a three dimensional night sky, with fireflies and the jungle fragrance to add to the ambience, makes it all the more exciting.
Between the months of late October till the End of March, Kolar reservoir is home to a myriad of migratory water birds. Ducks, Crain, Geese of many varieties can be spotted merely by walking down the steps of RJL and along the reservoir edge, along the forest. The reservoir also draws the animals aplomb, as after November till the onset of monsoons, for a span of almost seven months, this remains the only watering-hole for the Carnivores and the Herbivores, in fact, the herbivores, many a times drawing the carnivores. The soft green grass along the reservoir and the damp soil creates an ideal feeding ground for the Herbivores, thereby attracting the carnivores looking for an easy prey. Therefore, an early morning or evening, dusk, walk along the reservoir can pleasantly surprise you at times with the wildlife you may come across. One also, therefore, has to be extra careful while walking outside the property.
Taking a boat safari, along the banks of the reservoir can be exciting as one gets a chance to spot wildlife and birds. During the boat safari, one can visit the small islands dotting the reservoir, some of which are still inhabited.