As kids, most of us have been lucky enough to climb trees. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to live atop a tree? Enter treehouse resorts.
Besides offering splendid views of the surrounding landscape, these resorts give you an unparalleled experience and a new perspective. Most of these treehouses are environmentally sustainable, so you can enjoy your holiday without feeling guilty.
While a bit on the pricey side, IMHO, these four options are definitely worth the dip into your savings.
Vythiri Resort, Wayanad
Who wouldn’t like to stay on a tree top 60 feet above the ground overlooking lush forests and plantations in one of the most pristine hill stations in Kerala? All this while soaking in a Jacuzzi. At Vythiri Resort, Wayanad, you can look forward to all that and more.
Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and treat yourself to great coffee straight from the plantations below you. A massage at the in-house spa comes highly recommended. The resort, with five treehouses, is built of sustainable materials and is located on the banks of a beautiful mountain stream. Really, you can’t ask for more.
Price: Starts at INR 12,000
Distance: The nearest airport is Kozhikode, 72 km away.
The Machan, Lonavala
Set in the dense forests of Jambulne, a biodiversity hotspot 17 km from Lonavala, The Machan is an idyllic weekend getaway if you happen to live in Mumbai or Pune. The treehouses here are built at a height of about 45 feet around wild fig trees, and offer great views of the surrounding forests.
Nestled cozily in the Sahayadri ranges of the Western Ghats, this resort has four categories of tree houses—Heritage, Canopy, Forest, Jungle and Sunset, each with tastefully done interiors. The Machan is an eco-friendly resort and even generates its own power with the help of photovoltaic cells.
Price: About INR 12,000 onwards
Distance: The Machan is a 1.5 hour drive from Pune and about 2.5 hours away from Mumbai.
Tree House Resort, Jaipur
So you’ve had a super hectic week at work and are looking to take a quiet weekend break; but you are too tired to drive or plan anything at all. The Tree House Resort near Jaipur understands your needs.
The resort, set against the backdrop of the Aravallis, promises to bring you close to nature without having to forgo the trappings of your everyday life such as wi-fi, AC and satellite TV. There are three types of ‘nests’ to choose from—deluxe, luxury and private suites, complete with live tree branches, patios, bathtubs and gardens.
Price: Starts at INR 8,000
Distance: About 50 km from Jaipur on NH-8
Rainforest Boutique, Athirapally
As far as locations go, few can beat that of Rainforest Boutique near Thrissur. Located right at the Athirapally Falls, this resort has a treehouse that opens out to the roaring waterfalls, offering you a beautiful vantage point.
Unwind at the balcony even as you gaze at the forests, hills and the falls around you. It’s the perfect mix of nature and local architecture for the modern traveller.
Price: INR 15,000 onwards
Distance: The nearest airport is Kochi, about 55km away.
So go ahead, pick a tree to climb!
Image courtesy Vythiri Resort