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25 Themed Resorts In India That Make For A Breathtaking Holiday

Polka Café logo Polka Café 13/04/2018 Maanasi Radhakrishnan

The number of themed resorts in India is increasing at a burgeoning pace, each looking more promising than the other. With a multitude of these resorts cropping up, often times, it becomes difficult to figure out which ones to visit, given the sheer magnitude of choices. That’s where we come in, hoping to simplify your decisions.

Here are 25 themed resorts spread across India, which every traveller must visit for a wonderful experience!

1. Mandarin Village Resort, West Sikkim

Have a glimpse into the traditional village lifestyle located at a height of 5,600 feet in the West Sikkim area of Kaluk at the Mandarin Village Resort. Its authentic local cuisine accompanied by the fabulous view of Mt. Kanchenjunga range makes for an idyllic setting. The resort is right opposite Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, sprawling over 23 acres of a variety of flora. It literally nestles you into the comforting lap of Mother Nature. A rarity in its truest sense, this resort is a one of its kind.Best Time To Visit: April to JuneSpeciality: Bonfire and barbeques on request.: Mandarin Village Resort, West Sikkim © Mandarin Village resort Fb Mandarin Village Resort, West Sikkim

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Have a glimpse into the traditional village lifestyle located at a height of 5,600 feet in the West Sikkim area of Kaluk at the Mandarin Village Resort. Its authentic local cuisine accompanied by the fabulous view of Mt. Kanchenjunga range makes for an idyllic setting. The resort is right opposite Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, sprawling over 23 acres of a variety of flora. It literally nestles you into the comforting lap of Mother Nature. A rarity in its truest sense, this resort is a one of its kind.

Best Time To Visit: April to June

Specialty: Bonfire and barbecues on request.

2. Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, Guwahati

The virgin tourist destination of North East India welcomes you to the Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, 14 km from the capital city of Guwahati. Located atop a hill, it is cradled between waterfalls, a mini lake, tea garden and the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. If you wish to enshrine your exhilarating tryst with wildlife, this is the place to be.Best Time To Visit: October to AprilSpeciality: Gorgeous Guwahati tour in 3 days: Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, Guwahati © blogspot.com Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, Guwahati

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The virgin tourist destination of North East India welcomes you to the Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, 14 km from the capital city of Guwahati. Located atop a hill, it is cradled between waterfalls, a mini lake, tea garden and the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. If you wish to enshrine your exhilarating tryst with wildlife, this is the place to be.

Best Time To Visit: October to April

Speciality: Gorgeous Guwahati tour in 3 days

3. Tree House Resort, Jaipur

Welcome to Paradise City, precisely 30 minutes away from the Pink City. Typifying Heaven on Earth, as some would put it, the Tree House Resort, amidst verdant greenery, rustic looks and still water bodies, smashes expectations beyond measure.Best Time To Visit: Mid-June to December.Speciality: Jungle safari.: Tree House Resort, Jaipur © Tree House Resort Fb Tree House Resort, Jaipur

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Welcome to Paradise City, precisely 30 minutes away from the Pink City. Typifying Heaven on Earth, as some would put it, the Tree House Resort, amidst verdant greenery, rustic looks and still water bodies, smashes expectations beyond measure.

Best Time To Visit: Mid-June to December.

Speciality: Jungle safari.

4. Loha Garh Forest Resort, Jaipur

Luxury hath no bounds at the Lohagarh Forest Resort. The Aravalli Hills barricades this resort from the rest of the Jaipur Delhi Highway, allowing for a very relaxing getaway. The Private Pools, White Quartz Suites, Luxury Tents emanating from the Jacuzzi are sure to give you unbridled fun! Essentially silent throughout the year, the regulars here during winter are the sparrows, peacocks and migratory birds.Best Time To Visit: October to NovemberSpeciality: Mini golf course.: Backwater Retreat Theme House, Kumarakom © lohagarhfortresort.in Backwater Retreat Theme House, Kumarakom

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Luxury hath no bounds at the Lohagarh Forest Resort. The Aravalli Hills barricades this resort from the rest of the Jaipur Delhi Highway, allowing for a very relaxing getaway. The Private Pools, White Quartz Suites, Luxury Tents emanating from the Jacuzzi are sure to give you unbridled fun! Essentially silent throughout the year, the regulars here during winter are the sparrows, peacocks and migratory birds.

Best Time To Visit: October to November

Speciality: Mini golf course.

5. Balaram Palace Resort, Gujarat

Balaram Palace Resort, bordering Rajasthan and located in the northern part of Gujarat, was once the hunting retreat of the Nawabs, but it has now been transformed into a Heritage Classic hotel. Its baroque architectural style and neo-classical manifestation lends a pristine, unique charm. The Balaram Ambaji Reserve cradles the resort, which is set across 13 acres of terraced upland surrounded by lush green gardens.Best Time To Visit: During the monsoons.Speciality: The Platinum Room Package: Balaram Palace Resort, Gujarat © Balaram Palace Resort Fb Balaram Palace Resort, Gujarat

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Balaram Palace Resort, bordering Rajasthan and located in the northern part of Gujarat, was once the hunting retreat of the Nawabs, but it has now been transformed into a Heritage Classic hotel. Its baroque architectural style and neo-classical manifestation lends a pristine, unique charm. The Balaram Ambaji Reserve cradles the resort, which is set across 13 acres of terraced upland surrounded by lush green gardens.

Best Time To Visit: During the monsoons.

Speciality: The Platinum Room Package

6. Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge, Tadoba

For a colonial style lodge situated in the thicket of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, the Tiger Trails is a perfect place for exploring and embracing the wild side of nature, particularly due to its proximity to the Bandhavgarh National Park. These are 11 acres of pure lush forests awaiting your esteemed company.Best Time To Visit: October to NovemberSpeciality: Encounters with wildlife: Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge, Tadoba © Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge Fb Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge, Tadoba

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For a colonial style lodge situated in the thicket of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, the Tiger Trails is a perfect place for exploring and embracing the wild side of nature, particularly due to its proximity to the Bandhavgarh National Park. These are 11 acres of pure lush forests awaiting your esteemed company.

Best Time To Visit: October to November

Speciality: Encounters with wildlife

7. Glenburn Tea Estate Resort, Darjeeling

Set in the heart of a 1,600 acre working tea estate is the Glenburn Tea Estate Resort, which is an hour away from Darjeeling. The rolling hills, verdant forests and tea picker villages make this a bucolic resort. You will be greeted by the finest aroma of tea and the beautiful greenery.Best Time To Visit: October to MarchSpeciality: Tea picking: Glenburn Tea Estate Resort, Darjeeling © Glenburn Tea Estate Resort fb Glenburn Tea Estate Resort, Darjeeling

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Set in the heart of a 1,600 acre working tea estate is the Glenburn Tea Estate Resort, which is an hour away from Darjeeling. The rolling hills, verdant forests and tea picker villages make this a bucolic resort. You will be greeted by the finest aroma of tea and the beautiful greenery.

Best Time To Visit: October to March

Speciality: Tea picking

8. Sula Vineyards, Nasik

Sula Vineyards, the very first wine resort in India, draws wine lovers to its tranquility. The Nasik Resort has fantastic wine-themed rooms with the view of a swimming pool, making it an ideal stress buster, where you can drink your worries away. Best Time To Visit: November to MarchSpeciality: Chance to taste Madera wine: Sula Vineyards, Nasik © Sula Vineyards Fb Sula Vineyards, Nasik

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Sula Vineyards, the very first wine resort in India, draws wine lovers to its tranquility. The Nasik Resort has fantastic wine-themed rooms with the view of a swimming pool, making it an ideal stress buster, where you can drink your worries away. 

Best Time To Visit:  November to March

Speciality: Chance to taste Madera wine

9. The Machan, Lonavala

A blast from the past; your dream of living in a tree house, finally coming true! The Machan Resort is located two and a half hours away from Mumbai at Jambulne, which happens to be one of the top 25 bio hot spots across the globe. The resort exudes a surreal feeling soon after sunset, making it a lovely romantic getaway, too!Best Time To Visit: June to SeptemberSpeciality: The challenging treks: The Machan, Lonavala © The Machan fb The Machan, Lonavala

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A blast from the past; your dream of living in a tree house, finally coming true! The Machan Resort is located two and a half hours away from Mumbai at Jambulne, which happens to be one of the top 25 bio hot spots across the globe. The resort exudes a surreal feeling soon after sunset, making it a lovely romantic getaway, too!

Best Time To Visit: June to September

Speciality: The challenging treks

10. Misty Woods, Coorg

This farm resort in Coorg is impervious to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, located 3,000 feet above sea level. Fresh air and your own tree house situated 45 feet above the ground; what’s missing are some twines to swing around from tree to tree!Best Time To Visit: November to FebruarySpeciality: The historical journey of the resort: Misty Woods, Coorg © Misty Woods fb Misty Woods, Coorg

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This farm resort in Coorg is impervious to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, located 3,000 feet above sea level. Fresh air and your own tree house situated 45 feet above the ground; what’s missing are some twines to swing around from tree to tree!

Best Time To Visit: November to February

Speciality: The historical journey of the resort

11. Black Buck Resort, Bidar

Where does the resort get its name from? We wonder, maybe it’s from the blackbucks that roam around carefree. So where does one encounter these exotic critters? 18 km off Bidar in the northern part of Karnataka is the Blackbuck Resort, flanked by Honnikeri reserve Forest and Vilaspur Lake.Best Time To Visit: October to FebruarySpeciality: The Jolada Rotti is a must-try.: Black Buck Resort, Bidar © jlrexplore.com Black Buck Resort, Bidar

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Where does the resort get its name from? We wonder, maybe it’s from the blackbucks that roam around carefree. So where does one encounter these exotic critters? 18 km off Bidar in the northern part of Karnataka is the Blackbuck Resort, flanked by Honnikeri reserve Forest and Vilaspur Lake.

Best Time To Visit: October to February

Speciality: The Jolada Rotti is a must-try.

12. Orange County Kabini, Mysore

Drawing you to the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe is the Orange County Kabini located in Mysore, Karnataka. This wildlife-themed resort with its picturesque beauty of panoramic vistas finds itself bordering the Kabini River.Best Time To Visit: November to MaySpeciality: Try the Kuruba Grill.: Orange County Kabini, Mysore © Orangecounty.in Orange County Kabini, Mysore

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Drawing you to the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe is the Orange County Kabini located in Mysore, Karnataka. This wildlife-themed resort with its picturesque beauty of panoramic vistas finds itself bordering the Kabini River.

Best Time To Visit: November to May

Speciality: Try the Kuruba Grill.

13. Turtle Bay, Kundapura

For a resort that lets you get up close and personal with sea turtles, the Turtle Bay does far more than what you derive from its name. Located in Kundapura, with a fascinating view of the sea running along golden sands, the resort has cabanas and plush rooms, which are in tune with the environment of the place. The rooms offer great views of the endless sea even as the cool sea breeze simply blows your worries away.Best Time To Visit: The monsoon seasonSpeciality: The water sports: Turtle Bay, Kundapura © Turtle Bay Fb Turtle Bay, Kundapura

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For a resort that lets you get up close and personal with sea turtles, the Turtle Bay does far more than what you derive from its name. Located in Kundapura, with a fascinating view of the sea running along golden sands, the resort has cabanas and plush rooms, which are in tune with the environment of the place. The rooms offer great views of the endless sea even as the cool sea breeze simply blows your worries away.

Best Time To Visit: The monsoon season

Speciality: The water sports

14. Hampi’s Boulders, Hampi

The eco-resort has 13 rooms all in all built in a cottage style. Some cottages are amidst the wilderness whilst others resemble boulders blending into the landscape. The primitive rock pool that mirrors the rugged charm of the heritage town, wholly local menus and the views of the Tungabhadra river, makes this resort a must-see. Best Time To Visit: November to JanuarySpeciality: The Nandi Bull Statue: Hampi’s Boulders, Hampi © hampisboulders.com Hampi’s Boulders, Hampi

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The eco-resort has 13 rooms all in all built in a cottage style. Some cottages are amidst the wilderness whilst others resemble boulders blending into the landscape. The primitive rock pool that mirrors the rugged charm of the heritage town, wholly local menus and the views of the Tungabhadra river, makes this resort a must-see.

Best Time To Visit: November to January

Speciality: The Nandi Bull Statue

15. Red Hill, Ooty

This century old Bungalow borders the Silent Valley and the National Thar Reserve, at a height of 7,000 feet, overlooking the Emerald Lake in Ooty. Each of the 10 cottage rooms have that antique old world charm to it, with a mesmerising view of the adjoining hills.Best Time To Visit: All year round.Speciality: Large open fire places: Red Hill, Ooty © Red Hill Fb Red Hill, Ooty

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This century old Bungalow borders the Silent Valley and the National Thar Reserve, at a height of 7,000 feet, overlooking the Emerald Lake in Ooty. Each of the 10 cottage rooms have that antique old world charm to it, with a mesmerising view of the adjoining hills.

Best Time To Visit: All year round.

Speciality: Large open fire places

16. Banasura Island Retreat, Wayanad

The landscape of Wayanad - lush greenery, backwaters and wildlife is an idyllic setting for a resort. The Banasura Island Retreat is designed as a Nalukettu - the traditional architecture form of Kerala, culminating into beautifully enchanting cottages with a homely feel.Best Time To Visit: The monsoon seasonSpeciality: The multi-cuisine restaurant: Banasura Island Retreat, Wayanad © Banasura Island Retreat fb Banasura Island Retreat, Wayanad

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The landscape of Wayanad - lush greenery, backwaters and wildlife is an idyllic setting for a resort. The Banasura Island Retreat is designed as a Nalukettu - the traditional architecture form of Kerala, culminating into beautifully enchanting cottages with a homely feel.

Best Time To Visit: The monsoon season

Speciality: The multi-cuisine restaurant 

17. Dune Eco Beach Resort, Pondicherry

For a placidly peaceful experience by the beach side, head straight to the Dune Eco Beach resort in Pondicherry. Located at Eco Beach Village in Pudukuppam, very close to the main city of Pondicherry, the resort spreads across 30 acres of land. The gentle breeze keeps the heat at bay.Best Time To Visit: All year round.Speciality: 35 acres of untouched nature.: Dune Eco Beach Resort, Pondicherry © www.duneecogroup.com Dune Eco Beach Resort, Pondicherry

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For a placidly peaceful experience by the beach side, head straight to the Dune Eco Beach resort in Pondicherry. Located at Eco Beach Village in Pudukuppam, very close to the main city of Pondicherry, the resort spreads across 30 acres of land. The gentle breeze keeps the heat at bay.

Best Time To Visit: All year round.

Speciality: 35 acres of untouched nature.

18. Leonia Holistic Destination, Hyderabad

India’s first and one of the world’s finest themed destinations near the city of Hyderabad is Leonia Holistic Destination. Sprawling in greenery and natural rock formations, the resort invites you with open arms and is sure to bedazzle you with its unparalleled luxury and convenience.Best Time To Visit: July to DecemberSpeciality: The water park.: Leonia Holistic Destination, Hyderabad © Leonia Holistic Destination Leonia Holistic Destination, Hyderabad

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India’s first and one of the world’s finest themed destinations near the city of Hyderabad is Leonia Holistic Destination. Sprawling in greenery and natural rock formations, the resort invites you with open arms and is sure to bedazzle you with its unparalleled luxury and convenience.

Best Time To Visit: July to December

Speciality: The water park.

19. Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Kutch

The Gujarati culture is rich and vibrant beyond doubt, and Shaam-e-Sarhad reinforces just that. The mud cottages and tents accentuating the old world charm are located in a secluded region of Kachchh.Best Time To Visit: November to MarchSpeciality: The bhungas: Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Kutch © Tripadvisor.in Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Kutch

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The Gujarati culture is rich and vibrant beyond doubt, and Shaam-e-Sarhad reinforces just that. The mud cottages and tents accentuating the old world charm are located in a secluded region of Kachchh.

Best Time To Visit: November to March

Speciality: The bhungas

20. Vythiri Resort, Wayanad

The guest rooms at Vythiri are designed to resemble the cottages of planters, amidst 150 acres of coffee and cardamom plantations. Secluded in the lush green rainforests of Wayanad is this beautiful jungle getaway by the name of Vythiri. Wanderlusts beware, you might not want to leave the mountains as they echo the sound of the waterfalls or the bubbling water streams.Best Time To Visit: June to JanuarySpeciality: Elephant rides: Vythiri Resort, Wayanad © Vythiri Resort Vythiri Resort, Wayanad

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The guest rooms at Vythiri are designed to resemble the cottages of planters, amidst 150 acres of coffee and cardamom plantations. Secluded in the lush green rainforests of Wayanad is this beautiful jungle getaway by the name of Vythiri. Wanderlusts beware, you might not want to leave the mountains as they echo the sound of the waterfalls or the bubbling water streams.

Best Time To Visit: June to January

Speciality: Elephant rides

21. Ananda Spa Resort, Rishikesh

The Ananda Spa Resort in Uttarakhand is definitely one of the most royal resorts of India. Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, the resort has earned a name as the leading center for yoga and meditation tours in addition to being a famous spa destination.Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to DecemberSpeciality: Kairali Ayurvedic resort is a must-see: Ananda Spa Resort, Rishikesh © Tripadvisor.in Ananda Spa Resort, Rishikesh

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The Ananda Spa Resort in Uttarakhand is definitely one of the most royal resorts of India. Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, the resort has earned a name as the leading center for yoga and meditation tours in addition to being a famous spa destination.

Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to December

Speciality: Kairali Ayurvedic resort is a must-see

22. Ocean Spray Resort, Chennai

Amidst serene surroundings, built across a man-made lake, is the Ocean Spray Resort. Spoil yourself with the Jacuzzi rooms, villas, garden view rooms and elitist luxury that is too tempting to resist. Opulence has found a new meaning and it’s just minutes away from the University of Pondicherry.Best Time To Visit: November to JanuarySpeciality: Film shooting scenes!: Ocean Spray Resort, Chennai © www.oceanspray.in Ocean Spray Resort, Chennai

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Amidst serene surroundings, built across a man-made lake, is the Ocean Spray Resort. Spoil yourself with the Jacuzzi rooms, villas, garden view rooms and elitist luxury that is too tempting to resist. Opulence has found a new meaning and it’s just minutes away from the University of Pondicherry.

Best Time To Visit: November to January

Speciality: Film shooting scenes!

23. Barefoot India Resort, Andaman Islands

Connecting with nature has never been as enticing as this. With a wide array of cottages and villas to choose from, amidst the lush greenery lies one of the best of the Andaman Islands, the Havelock Island. The beach that Barefoot India Resort is situated on is one of the best and continues to live by that standard.Best Time To Visit: All year round.Speciality: The resort’s condos: Barefoot India Resort, Andaman Islands © Goibibo.com Barefoot India Resort, Andaman Islands

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Connecting with nature has never been as enticing as this. With a wide array of cottages and villas to choose from, amidst the lush greenery lies one of the best of the Andaman Islands, the Havelock Island. The beach that Barefoot India Resort is situated on is one of the best and continues to live by that standard.

Best Time To Visit:  All year round.

Speciality: The resort’s condos

24. Backwater Retreat Theme House, Kumarakom

Accessible by boat or ferry only, this beautiful resort sits majestically atop the shores of the backwaters of Kerala. The wooden rooms resemble that of a houseboat. Breathtaking sunset views topped off with Kerala delicacies take you away to another world.Best Time To Visit: September to MarchSpeciality: The spiritual retreats: Backwater Retreat Theme House, Kumarakom © Tripadvisor.in Backwater Retreat Theme House, Kumarakom

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Accessible by boat or ferry only, this beautiful resort sits majestically atop the shores of the backwaters of Kerala. The wooden rooms resemble that of a houseboat. Breathtaking sunset views topped off with Kerala delicacies take you away to another world.

Best Time To Visit: September to March

Speciality: The spiritual retreats

25. Ladakh Lharisa, Leh

Wake up to beautiful, mesmerising sunrise and end your day with the sunset at Skara in the Ladakh Lharisa Resorts. The five elements of nature are at harmony with the resort’s rooms and suites. The garden courtyard, organic kitchen garden and the various activities are sure to have you come back for more.Best Time To Visit: April to OctoberSpeciality: The Ladakhi soup at the resort’s in-house restaurant: Ladakh Lharisa, Leh © www.ladakhdekho.com Ladakh Lharisa, Leh

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Wake up to beautiful, mesmerising sunrise and end your day with the sunset at Skara in the Ladakh Lharisa Resorts. The five elements of nature are at harmony with the resort’s rooms and suites. The garden courtyard, organic kitchen garden and the various activities are sure to have you come back for more.

Best Time To Visit: April to October

Speciality: The Ladakhi soup at the resort’s in-house restaurant



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