Say goodbye to cell reception, television, and WiFi and say hello to river rafting, trekking, and campfires at the rustic Galibore Nature Camp. Who says you need to catch a flight or a train to get away from the city? Just jump into your car or hop onto your bike and set GPS to Kanakapura Road. And at only about 100 kilometers from Bangalore, you’ll be in the fine company of deciduous forests with the river Cauvery for company. Sounds magical already, no?
While this isn’t where you’d go for a swish weekend getaway, this is ideal to reconnect with nature and really get that adrenaline pumping. So quickly dump your backpack into one of the 12 tented cottages, and get straight to work — Trekking and Birdwatching! One can spot spotted deers, the endangered grizzled giant squirrel, marsh crocodiles, turtles and snakes and over 230 species of birds.
You can also go on a coracle ride here as it is situated near the banks of the river Cauvery. Rafting here depends on the season and comes with an additional cost. When back, lounge on the deck chairs outside your tents, or by the banks of the river with a beer in hand. Grilled fish is usually on the menu, so until you get the aroma of the smoky mahseer, don’t bother to get up! There’s usually also a bonfire set up for the guests to meet and have conversations. If you want to be the lone ranger, just head to the hammock close to your tent and enjoy the time by yourself. The best time to visit is from August to February and it gets too hot during summers (March to June) here. The price for a tented cottage pack starts at INR 4,345.