Unique Treetop Retreats ~ Wild Canopy Reserve, Tamil Nadu, India
By Dian Hasan | October 1, 2009
If you fancy re-living your childhood fantasy of staying in a treehouse, here’s your chance to regress back into childhood in a fun way in the land of intoxicating beauty, India.
Wild Canopy Reserve is located within the Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Masinagudi, a haven for any wildlife enthusiast. There is a choice of 2 deluxe Tree Houses, and 2 deluxe rooms, if staying in a tree is not your calling.
Or if staying If you’d rather admire the fauna from afar, we can always see to it that your rooms are higher than an elephant’s eye – 41 feet above ground – to be exact. We offer tree house accommodation with well-appointed toilets- running hot and cold water, out of reach, but with a clear view of the animals that congregate around the watering hole below.
The Wild Canopy Reserve is nestled in a 300-acre coffee plantation near the Nilgiri Mountains at a 950 meter elevation, with pleasant temperatures ranging between 20° C and 30° C. June through October sees a mild rainy season, while summers are surprisingly bearable with cool air in the mornings and evenings. All eco travelers will delight to learn that wildlife sightings are all-year-round, however the best timing is between November and February. These include elephants, gaurs (bison), leopards, tigers, wild dogs, hyenas, sloth bears, porcupines, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boars, malabar squirrels, grey langurs, and monkeys.
There are no TVs, phones, music, and human sounds. So one can either just relax or go out on treks, safaris or just gentle walks with our highly experienced field activities staff. Swimming is possible in the natural pools in the jungle stream, which flows through the estate. The Safari and trekking tracks have been thoughtfully and carefully designed keeping in mind adventure, thrill, and safety of the guest and wildlife. Viewing corridors are maintained for the un-obtrusive viewing of wildlife in their natural habitat. Machans and waterholes are located at strategic spots to enhance the wilderness experience of the guest
The Garden of Eden:
The Wild Canopy Reserve was originally a hunting lodge for Birtish soldiers stationed in nearby Ooty (also known as Ootacamund), and dates back from 1869. The area was later converted into a coffee estate, with one of the first to have flood irrigation, reaching the height of coffee production in the 1950s and 60s.
In keeping with its “green credentials”, a custom-designed solar-powered fence that meets international safety standards keeps out unwanted domestic cattle.
No chemicals are used in the coffee plantation, and this has attracted bountiful bird life to the uncultivated areas of the plantation.
Wild Canopy Reserve implements socially and ecologically conscious practices, with a focus on conserving natural habitat, water sources, and natural salt licks, among others. This has resulted in sustaining the wildlife reserve as an excellent breeding place for wild animals and birds in their most natural of habitats.
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