Branch out your travel interests and climb up India's popular tree houses

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Tree houses have become a new trend in India's tourism industry. What are small accommodations built in the space between branches above the trunk are no more a fancy concept appearing in films, cartoons, or books. Giving panoramic view to the greenery around, tree houses are now an increasingly popular facility to visitors in the country. Such structures help them get in close touch with nature.

Keen to spend good time in a tree house? You can be a honeymooner, nature-lover, adventurer or bohemian or all of them rolled into one. Here is a list of some of the best tree houses in India.

Tree House Hideaway, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh

This is a stay that guarantees sights of fascinating wildlife, with a whole variety of trees, animals and birds around. Bandhavgarh in central India’s Umaria district is anyway known for its half-century-old national park.

For all the perceived risk, the visitor is supremely safe. Bandhavgarh has five tree houses. They are air-conditioned and the dining rooms are spacious. There is round-the-clock supply of water and power. You can get an aerial view of the greenery during daytime. By night, the experience is more audio: the faraway groans of the wild animals. This is a place you can visit with family as well as friends.

Tree House Resort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Ever imagined a star-facility accommodation in the midst of a forest? Well, this can be one such experience. The sight around are a great slice from the famed Aravalli Range of northwest India. The trees may be sparse, but then they provide a different kind of beauty for the eyes as well as mind. Not to be missed are the vast range of birds.

The experience can be unforgettable — be you alone or as part of a pair or a group.

The Machan, Lonavala, Maharashtra

Here, the greenery is really thick. Not just that, there is great diversity in the trees around. This tree, which is well up on the lush Western Ghats, is 35 feet above the ground on a hilltop. It takes a mere 150-minute drive from the bustle of Mumbai to reach this placid destination.

The visitor gets all sorts of facility, but it will be unwise to expect internet connectivity. After all, as visitors themselves ask, why keep Facebooking and WhatsApping even when you have a reached to stay in a place whose USP is that it is far from the madding crowd. You needn’t be an ornithologist to enjoy viewing a whole gamut of birds around. What’s more, there are a lot of wellness packages being offered.

Vythiri Resort, Wayanad, Kerala

Further down the peninsula, there is the state of Kerala that has its northeastern Wayanad district, again, nestled in the Western Ghats. This tree house has a spa facility and serves tasty food items.

The resort is close to quite a few tourist getaways around. It is a paradise also for adventure tourists, courtesy the rugged terrain. The quiet air and cool weather are added attractions.

Safari Land Resort, Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

Here, you can take in as much as the beauty and bounty of wildlife, staying safe all the same. There is also elephant ride and horse ride, whether or not you include them in adventure tourism, which does flourish here.

Day in and day out, you can keep watching the flight and other movements of variety birds around. One can click amazing pictures of them, using camera. Close to Gudalur in the Nilgiris, the place is invitingly close to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Theppakadu Elephant Sactuary.

Tree House Cottage, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Many in India are keen to visit the valleys of Kulu and Manali, courtesy the natural beauty of the places in Himachal Pradesh. The tree house cottages of Manali are only a 30-minute drive from the downtown hill-station crowd.

The mist here is bewitching. The food served is authentically ethnic and, hence, particularly delicious. The facility is relatively far inexpensive. True, this tree house is no-frills and provides only primary facilities, yet there is something really charming about them, going by a steady stream of visitors.

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