Jungle Retreat is a family run establishment; a combination of wilderness, serenity and comfort appreciated by travelers from across the world. We, the Mathias family, have lived on tea plantations for years, in close proximity to the jungles of Tamil Nadu. Nestled in the foothills of the Nilgiris and skirting the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Jungle Retreat was born of this close bond with our surroundings.
We’ve come a long way since our beginnings in 1996. We offer accommodation in country-style cottages with sprawling private verandahs that afford spectacular views of receding mountains and tropical jungles.
Immerse yourself in our hospitality, and relax amongst friends you have just met. As each day goes by, find yourself swapping stories and photographs with staff and guests. You will begin to appreciate we are not a hotel.
While we value all our guests, gentlemen and ladies alike, we have always placed importance on the sense of safety and well-being of ladies, whether they are guests or staff. In 2008, we gave form to these beliefs by implementing two policies that we strictly follow. One was to insist that any group checking in with us has to have a minimum of 40% ladies and the second was to not take corporate off-sites that would dilute the family/ couple/ mixed-gender group ambience that we strive to create – an ambience that doesn’t intimidate even the single female traveler.
Our own staff follow a strict code of conduct in their interactions with ladies visiting or residing on our campus.
At Jungle Retreat we are intolerant of behaviour that may offend, insult or be perceived as being derogatory towards ladies in any way.
Vibudhimalai Trek (walking time: 1.5 hours)
Spice Plantation (cardamom, pepper, vanilla etc.) , Tea Estate & Tea Factory, Coffee Estate
Customized on request
Half/Full Day Tours
Ooty (1 hour each way) , Coonoor (2 hours each way), Paniya Tribal Village (30 minutes each way)
Setting up night-vision camera traps for animals on campus, Interpretation Walk, Birdwatching Awareness/ Educational talks
Standard A/c INR 5,468/day
Deluxe A/c INR 8,505/day
Family Treehouse INR 21,225/day
Double Bedroom Villa A/c INR 17,010/day
Dorms INR 3000/ per person per day
Double Occupancy Treehouse INR 12,150/day
In addition to the room rent, food is charged at Rs.2,000/- (including taxes) per head per day and covers all 3 meals plus tea and coffee. Morning tea and coffee includes biscuits and fruit. Evening tea and coffee spread includes biscuits and cake. Guests will be charged for as many meals as have been had with us.
However, in the event that guests are skipping a particular meal with us, they are requested to inform us at least 3 hours prior to the meal. We cook based on a head-count, and the kitchen needs to be informed in advance. We work on the assumption that while guests are staying with us, all meals will be had here, unless informed otherwise.
Please note however, that our tea and coffee charge is mandatory and non-negotiable. This is because it is laid out between 5:30 am and noon; 3:30 and 6 pm, and again between 9 and 10 pm. This makes it almost impossible to keep track of how many cups have been consumed.
Children of 10 years and above are charged adult food rates, while children between the ages of 6 – 9 years are charged half rate.
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