Gasp At The Breathtaking View That This Riverside Lodge On The Bhadra Dam Offers

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River Tern Lodge

Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Lakkavalli, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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Located bang on The Bhadra reservoir, the River Tern Lodge offers gorgeous views of the vast dam and an island close by that attracts hundreds of birds. Plus, a really comfortable stay.

What Makes It Awesome

Getting to Bhadra from Bangalore is pretty easy and if you start early, then you can reach your destination in under four hours. The stay here is divided into Log Huts or Cottages, with each of the accommodation facing the vast expanse of the dam. The cabins are made out of wood and come with a verandah, perfect to catch the sunset or enjoy your morning cup of tea. But be careful if you are travelling with young ‘uns — the balcony has big open gaps and the cottages are located on a steep incline. The structures might be rudimentary, but the cottages and cabins come with air conditioning or even a TV if you need one.

The property is located on two hills which are connected by a bridge over the waters. Once you check in, go for a nice walk all over the property. It’ll give you a bit of an exercise (plenty of uphill paths), just in time for lunch. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a common area, and though the food is nothing to write home about, the buffet has enough options  — from curd rice to chicken fry. Post lunch, walk outside the gates of the property to the Bhadra Reservoir itself. The bridge over the Bhadra dam makes for a trek, but worth it for stunning views. And the back of the dam will give you some nice views of the tiny hamlets in the valley. River Tern also offers boat rides on the placid waters. If you are strictly looking for some R&R, then we’d say settle in with a book and some filter coffee on the balcony of your cottage itself. There is also an Ayurvedic spa on the property and we’d say make full use of it.

Pro-Tip

Want to venture further? There are a lot of nearby trips you can make including one to Jog Falls, to Tyaverekoppa Lion & Tiger Safari, and Sakkrebyle Elephant Camp.

Resorts

River Tern Lodge

Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Lakkavalli, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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