India tree house hotels, apart from being unique places to stay, are an absolute delight if you're a nature lover. You'll find these tree houses dotted all over the country. They range from luxurious to rustic, and are perfect for a romantic getaway or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings. Here are five of the best ones for all budgets.
Situated around 30 minutes drive from the pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, the remarkable Tree House Resort is the largest resort in the world of its kind. It's located at Nature Farms in the Syari Valley. The idea behind it is to bring people back to nature, but with the same trappings of an urban existence. The accommodations are divided into a number of luxury "nests". Some even have tree trunks running through them. All are air conditioned, and have wireless Internet, satellite TV, and plasma screens. Rates start from 12,000 rupees per night, including all meals and taxes. Activities include jeep safaris, birding, nature walks, or simply relax by the swimming pool.
Manali Tree House Cottages is a family-run property with one tree house, two other normal cottages, and a Swiss tent in the garden. It's like a home away from home. The tree house is set atop an oak tree on a farm near Katrain village, surrounded by orchards and lush fields, around 30 minutes drive from Manali. The hosts are warm and friendly, and home cooked meals superb. Accommodations are basic but comfortable. Expect to pay around 2,800 rupees per night for the tree house. (If you go in winter, you'll be able to enjoy snow).
The three tree houses at Green Magic Nature Resort, in the Wayanad district of Kerala, are nestled 86 feet up in the jungle above pepper and cardamom plantations. They're accessed by a cane pulley style lift. At around 12,000 rupees a night, including all meals from a set menu, the tree houses aren't cheap considering what you get for your money. There's no hot water, no electricity and no cell phone coverage. So, be sure you really want to "get away from it all" before deciding to stay there. Western style bathrooms are however provided in the tree houses. And there are a number of walking tracks for when you're not chilling and taking in the magnificent surroundings.
The Machan is perfect for those looking for an isolated getaway, especially families or friends traveling together. It's a huge three bed room, four level, tree house located in the midst of a private tropical forest in the Western Ghat mountains, near Lonavala (around two and a half hours from Mumbai). The house hangs over the edge of a precipice, providing a breathtaking view of the valley below. There are five kilometers of walking tracks, accessible only by guests, in the forest to explore. Rates are 25,000 rupees during the week and 30,000 rupees during the weekend, for the whole house (up to six people). Dinner and breakfast are included. A minimum two night stay is necessary on the weekend.
The Tree House Hideaway is an intimate property featuring five exclusive tree houses, spread though 21 acres of dense jungle bordering Bandhavgarh National Park (the best place to see a tiger in India). The tree houses are earthy and well appointed with modern attached bathrooms, hot water, living area, air conditioning, power back up, and mosquito netting. Their balconies overlook the national park, which is great for animal spotting. Rates are 14,000 rupees per night for a double, including meals, or 23,000 rupees with a jungle safari to the national park. (Note that the property remains closed from July 1 to October 15).