From the long coastline dotted with beaches to the serene backwaters, from rich temple culture to royal heritage, from the wonder of modernity to the wonder of ruins, South India is rich in every sense of the word. These 5 places to go glamping in South India are interesting ways to explore these riches, whether you’re staying on a beach or atop a hill.
An exquisite glamping experience five minutes away from one of Goa’s hidden beaches, La Mangrove will take your breath away. La Mangrove was started by Maud and Thibault, a couple from two different parts of Europe who fell in love with each other, and with the beauty of Goa and India. Bringing their sense of style, love for Goa and care for the environment together, they started this luxurious glamping experience.
The property has four teepee tents, each with private bathrooms. The bathrooms have open sky showers that give off those immaculate Bali vibes. Two teepees have king size beds, while the other two have twin beds. Daily housekeeping ensures the teepees remain spotless. Step outside the teepee onto their terrace that overlooks the mangroves, perfect to while away the time and spot birds flitting around. Or, hire a cycle and go exploring the region.
La Mangrove is also five minutes away from the secluded Turtle Beach, and 20 minutes away from Palolem Beach. After a long day of fun, you can gorge on delicious Tibetan, Indian and Continental cuisine at their restaurant.
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Average rates for one night: ₹10,000
In the heart of Wayanad, Kerala, surrounded by coffee plantations and lush green hills, Grassroots is the perfect glamping experience for the evolved traveler. It fulfills every need yet keeps things minimalistic, allowing its sumptuousness to merge with the rich beauty of nature around it. There are five Swiss tents, each spacious and luxurious, equipped with amenities like hot water, television, refrigerator, and air conditioning. The furniture is aesthetic, and the private porch ensures you get the best of the views.
Stepping out of the tents is stepping into the bounty of Wayanad, whether it is by trekking up its verdant hills, jumping into the nearby streams or catching a sunrise. After a long day roaming the area, enjoy fresh meals made to order, and retire in your comfortable wrought-iron beds. Free parking is available for guests with private vehicles.
Average rates for one night: ₹5,400
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While Grassroots shows you the beauty of Wayanad, head to Nature Zone Jungle Resort to be enthralled by Munnar, yet another gem in Kerala’s crown. Don’t get carried away with the word ‘resort’, as it also offers guests the opportunity to go glamping. There are 10 African tents perched atop the crests of hills, giving guests an unrivaled view of the waves below them.
The tents have rustic wooden furnishing that fits the vibe to a T, and the beds are comfortable and big. The tents also have lamps and electrical fittings. Head off on one of the guided activities like trekking, birding or rappelling, all offered by the property itself, and enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant.
Reaching Nature Zone itself involves turning away from the urban rush and onto a forest road alongside tea plantations. Luckily for you, they also arrange pick-up facilities from the nearest KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) bus stand.
Average rates for one night: ₹5,900
The hill station of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu has always been on the holiday list of domestic travelers, drawn to it for its beauty and the stunning star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake. Experiencing this beauty in the hills where time stands still is best done at The Fern Creek. Tucked away in the Palani Hills of Kodaikanal, The Fern Creek has seven Swiss luxury tents that are designed to give you privacy and rejuvenation. It is spread across 1.5 acres of lush greenery, and is a serene escape like no other.
Each tent has an attached bathroom, and is furnished with fittings from around the world, whether it is the fireplaces from China or the 8-inch Restonic mattress from America. There’s a multi-cuisine cafe that serves the best of Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine, and a campfire area for 20 people to bring in the evening with your buddies. When you want to take a break from exploring, head to the recreation room that has a home theater, a collection of books and a warm fireplace to cozy up next to. There’s also a garden gazebo in case you’d rather cozy up with a book among nature instead of in front of the fireplace.
Average rates for one night: ₹6,100
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Among other things, Auroville is known for its unblemished nature and cafes serving delicious food. Which is why glamping in Auroville is an exciting prospect like no other. Beyond Homes is by the Beyond Community, a greenscape focused on reconnecting with nature and “living, loving & growing”. They offer a single tent, so you know your experience is truly limited and unique.
The tent is air conditioned and has a wonderfully comfortable bed for you to cozy up in. There’s also an attached bathroom, and plug points for chargers. While the tent and the location make up one part of your stay, your wonderful hosts make up the other. Parshva is an artisan cheese maker who has an artist community in Auroville, and alongside his dogs and cats, will make for the warmest host. Requests like bonfires and gatherings will be catered to as much as possible, and you can even learn how to make vegan cheese.
Average rates for one night: ₹1,200
How Much Does It Cost To Glamp?
How much you pay to go glamping depends on things like the duration of your stay, the location and the site opted for. Average costs per night can be around ₹2.5-3K a night, while the more expensive glamping sites can cross ₹7,000.
Do Glamping Tents Have Toilets?
Not all tents will have attached toilets. If the glampers are required to use a common WC, it will be clean and well-maintained since that’s the understood standard for glamping. It will also mostly be restricted to the glampers.
Do Glamping Sites Have Electricity?
Not all glamping sites may have electricity, though most do. At the least, they will have battery-operated devices.
What Is The Difference Between Camping And Glamping?
Camping involves a lot of physical activity and effort like pitching a tent and lighting a fire to prepare a meal. There are also camps available where the tent is pre pitched and meals are ready, but this isn’t glamping. Glamping adds a dash of luxury to camping, with spacious tents that have amenities such as comfy beds, electricity and attached bathrooms.
Where Is The Best Place To Go Glamping?
There are several glamping sites across India; around cities like Mumbai, Pune and Delhi, as well as in North India. Where you choose to go glamping depends entirely on your personal preferences, budget and distance to be traveled.
Why Is It Called Glamping?
The word ‘glamping’ is a portmanteau or combination of the words and meanings of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. It is camping with the comfort of added modern amenities and conveniences.
What Is In A Glamping Tent?
A glamping tent is pre-pitched, and contains either a bed or proper air mattresses, alongside other modern amenities that regular camping doesn’t have. This can include carpeting, hardwood flooring, window openings, lounge chairs, lamps, air conditioning/fans and decorative touches.
How Much Does A Glamping Tent Cost?
Purchasing a glamping tent can cost well over ₹20,000, while staying in a glamping tent is cheaper, costing around ₹3,000 per person.
Can You Make Money From Glamping?
Setting up a glamping site is a great way to utilize empty unused land, and can certainly help make you some money. But it is to be noted that there’s a decent bit of maintenance to be done, especially since this is a premium camping experience.
Can You Pitch A Tent Anywhere In India?
No, you can’t pitch a tent anywhere you wish in India. You need prior permission for several regions and places like forests, sanctuaries and national parks. Some regions are restricted and no camping is allowed. Ideally, always set up camp near habitation in case of emergencies.