Rustic Tree Houses in India Every Nature Lover Should Stay In
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India boasts untouched natural beauty and varied landscapes, making the perfect backdrop for building an accommodation among trees. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous getaway, a romantic rendezvous, or simply want to escape the mundanity of life and reconnect with nature, these tree houses in India offer all of this and much more. So, branch out on your next holiday at any of these tree houses—from rustic to luxurious.
Vanya Tree House, Thekkadi
Vanya Tree House, Thekkadi | Courtesy of Vanya Tree House
Live off the land and stay among massive trees and plantations at the Vanya Tree House. Tucked away on the edge of the lush forest of the Periyar National Park, this treehouse has nature-themed rooms and facilities, thus offering an off-the-grid experience to nature and outdoor lovers, all accessed by a Jeep ride from Greenwood Resorts to MannanKudi (a traditional mud hut), followed by a half-mile (1km) trek through the forest canopy. As you arrive, you’ll be served with a welcome drink—traditional coconut water—along with a traditional snack. There is a bed, traditional reclining chair and small balcony inside the tree house, and traditional vegetarian food is served in a beautiful setting amid lantern light below the house. Guests can relax on the balcony offering a magical view, or go for a stroll through the forest. It is the best hideaway for those who want to feel at one with nature.
Sleep 2,900 feet (884m) above sea level amid the lush greenery of the Western Ghats at the Eagle Eye Resort. This wooden abode features a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, a portico, and spectacular mountain views all the way up to Kudremukh peak. It is homely and comfortable, and will put you in the lap of nature that is a much-needed to boost your mental and physical health.
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Nature Zone Resort, Munnar
Nestled amid wilderness, the Nature Zone Resort is a comfortable hideaway in the form of five skilfully-constructed tree houses built on real trees, for those guests seeking refuge from the bustle of city life. This resort offers top-notch amenities and mesmerizing vistas of the forest. Also, it has a multi-cuisine restaurant, an activity center, plantation tour, a kitchen garden, and soft trekking that can be done in the resort. Guests can relax on the balcony overlooking the Kannan Devan Hills or go for a walk through the forest.
Built in the wilderness against the stunning backdrop of the Nilgiri Mountains, a stay at the Wild Canopy Reserve is just like stepping into a fairytale. This place prides itself on being an eco-friendly tree house, and each suite is about 40 feet (12m) high. There is a family tree lodge that has seven levels and consists of two tree suites with penthouses, each with antique furnishings and modern amenities, like an outdoor Jacuzzi, en-suite bathrooms, and alfresco dining facilities. Besides staying in nature, you can follow a hiking trail that leads to the natural pools in the jungle stream, and beautiful waterfalls. It offers a host of leisure activities, like riverside picnics, camping, bird-watching, cook outs and barbecue lunches. It is a perfect stay for nature lovers, honeymooners, and those seeking serenity.
Nestled in the Western Ghats at around 30–45 feet (9–14m) above the forest, The Machan is one of the most magical treehouses and eco-friendly retreats tucked away in the scenic Jambulne, one of the biological hotspots in the world. The Machan provides a relaxing hiding nest in the form of five individually-designed tree houses, complete with beautiful design and artwork, glorious glass walls and vaulted ceilings, modern amenities, and private wooden decks offering stunning views of the lush forest of the Western Ghats. The master bedrooms are skilfully built around growing trees and can be accessed through wooden walkways. Besides sleeping among the canopies of trees and shrubs, guests can indulge in stargazing, trekking, bird-watching, yoga, spa, and massage therapies. And, if you need a break from nature and want a slice of civilization, go for historical sightseeing, Koraigad Fort, Lohagad Fort, Karla and Bhaja Caves, just a couple miles from The Machan.
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Tree House Cottages, Manali
Sitting atop a tree and offering impressive views of the Himalayan Mountains, Tree Cottage is a tiny yet beautiful and cosy wooden tree house that can accommodate two people, and features LCD TV, modern baths, wifi access and free breakfast. You’ll find yourself waking up to the sweet sound of birds and gentle breezes in one of four cottage units and a swiss tent, complete with fruit and flower garden surrounding it. The accommodations are suitable for a family of four or a couple, and come with two bedrooms, verandah, dining area, small kitchen, and restrooms. Depending on the season, you can go fishing, hiking, or river-rafting around the property.
Located 30 minutes’ drive from Jaipur, the Tree House Resort is settled on the kikar tree with tree trunks passing through the rooms of the nests. This treetop resort is perfect for guests who like to live among nature, yet still live in luxury. The space offers deluxe nests, luxury nests, and private suites, each named after bird species, and come complete with LCD TVs, air-conditioning, hot/cold showers, minibar, tea and coffee maker, in-room dining, and wifi connection. The nests also feature private gardens and large patios, perfect for watching the sunrise and sunset, and relaxing in nature.
Suspended 40 feet (12m) above ground, the Hornbill Tree House sleeps two comfortably among the lush greenery of the untamed Dandeli jungles. This tree house runs guided tours to Star Gazing Point and Boat Ride Island, where you can relax and enjoy the natural Jacuzzi bath. If you fancy peaceful activities, there is a nature walk, birdwatching, and fishing, and if you fancy something more adventurous, there’s trekking into the dense forest, kayaking, or whitewater rafting.
Tree House Hideaway - Bandhavgarh National Park, Umaria-Badhavgarh Road
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Nestled deep in the jungle surrounding the Bandhavgarh National Park and teeming with wildlife, the Tree House Hideaway offers five tree houses adorned with traditional Jungle living and contemporary designs, complete with a living area, minibar, modern bathrooms, air-conditioning, mosquito netting, and balconies with loungers. But that’s not all. There is a dining room with a fireplace, a watchtower, a terrace with BBQ, a sun deck, an outdoor pool, a library, and spa service. Besides a relaxing stay, it also offers wildlife tours in Bandhavgarh National Park, where you can get up close and personal with wild animals and birds. And, the best part of your stay here will be amazing views of the forest from your balcony and you may even spot a few exotic species.
Vythiri Tree Resort will put you in the lap of nature coupled with luxury. Resting atop live trees and sitting on a 150-acre property constructed around a stream, this resort houses five rustic yet beautifully-designed tree houses, including one child-friendly tree house, with an eco-friendly focus. Each is designed by the indigenous tribes using locally sourced materials. Guests can relax in their private Jacuzzi or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, enjoy authentic food at the multi-cuisine restaurant, go for a rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatment, or take a forest trek. If that’s not enough for you, there is a health club, games room, coffee shop, and TV salon. Also, this one even has a hanging bridge leading to its doorstep.