“Dhole’s Den takes eco-tourism very earnestly and the resort runs in a way not to waste anything and to maximize whatever is taken from nature.”
Ms. Sreeja S.

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Painting The Camp

The Bandipur Tiger Reserve has more than 30 Anti-Poaching Camps and there is a new one in the Kundkere Range which offers much needed rest and accommodation for

Vacation for Conservation

As a responsible, eco-sensitive accommodation provider that calls Bandipur its home, Dhole’s Den would like to do its bit to help the Karnataka Forest Department carry out

Zulu my love, my world…

To Zulu on her ninth birthday…. My daughter, I take the liberty to address you so as there are people who understand the underlying feeling in

We love to care for you…

Dear Friends, we have at our den guests big and small. Most of the guests whom I regularly meet mention to me that our staff is very friendly

From a young guest…

A young spirited guest Iraaj Mohan who stayed with us last month had the following to write back about us. I am quoting him and putting some images

Adieu King Shaka

Friends of Dhole's Den, Since 8 years and more you have turned and many have even wondered before they were our guests at our homestay about the fact

Lessons in Humility

For two weeks now my world is a room in our townhouse in Mysore. After a fall caused by a fit of anger that rose unnecessarily from the

Baby’s got beautiful eyes…

Dear Friends, It was 2013 when the charming couple Ravi and Payal graced Dhole's Den with a visit. https://blog.dholesden.com/a-private-celebration/ Then I had written about it.  Now some days


Dear Friends, I came across an article published by a friend of Dhole's Den Research Foundation which we actively support. Mr. R.K. Rao has been active in deciding

Happy Birthday Shakaboy!

  An Excerpt from: A King called Shaka... The next day started early. The car to take me and my business partner Gokul to Bandipur arrived early and

Inspiring visitors at Dhole’s Den

Dear Friends, we had an inspiring visitor to Dhole's Den Bandipur.  The lady 76 years old was travelling with three nurses. She had booked a 10 -11 day

Happy Birthday Zulu!

To Zulu on her Sixth Birthday! It was a slightly nippy early April night, when we going to bed and your sleeping basket placed right next to us. You were new into our family. Shaka was in his basket getting ready to sleep too. We tucked you in after you refused a couple of times to choose the basket. We turned off the lights, that instant both of you jumped into our bed, and we were lazy enough not to get up and turn the light on. It has been so since then. You have shared our bed naturally as if there was no other place that would be right.

Machan & Hut at Dhole’s Den

We have a Machaan. Made out of Bamboo that is about 30 years old is the best example of recycling. A small team of two from the tribal hamlet worked meticulously on this so that the least number of nails are pierced into the tree.

A King called Shaka

To Shaka on his 6th Birthday... It was October 2009 and I was back from my last trip to India where in the jungles of Bandipur a new

For the Love of a Dog…

To Jabu and Simba on their 4th birthday... Photos by Rohit Varma Friends, I find the word dog being used as a very derogatory term and our so

Mysore Dog Show 2014

Friends of Dhole’s Den, The Canine Club of Mysore conducted its first Open Show at Dasara Exhibition Grounds on 31st August. This time we had decided to tell

Leave only footprints behind…

Dear Friends, running a boutique homestay and living there in the jungle where tigers roam, tourists flock to see  the fauna that Bandipur has to show and our

Impressions at Dhole’s Den

The Arwade Family from Kolhapur graced our jungle home some 2 weeks ago. They having driven from so far found a place to relax and participated on the

Naming the Trees

What does one do in Summer Holidays?  Some learn to swim, some take on photography as a hobby and some others go on

Dhole’s Den @ 5

Greetings from Dhole’s Den Bandipur! We are glad to share that Dhole’s Den turns five this year. It was sometime in April-May 2009 that the last but key

Bliss in Uhuru

Guest Comments by Ms. Sreeja S. This is what keeps us going. A testimonial by one of our guests. A bit late after the stay but right in

Our Reservoir is full

Friends of Dhole's Den, thanks to the comparatively better monsoon and the benevolent rain gods our fresh water reservoir at Dhole's Den has filled

KCI Dog Show 2013

Jabu and Simba participated at the Dog Show held recently at Mysore and won Best of Breed medals. Jabu is already aChampion and Simba is on

A private Celebration…

  Mr. & Mrs. Ravi R. visited us top celebrate an important date: Their Anniversary. Though they didnt make it to the Bandipur gate in time and were

Jabu Unchained…

We at Dhole's Den have a particular spot called Jabu’s Corner on the fringe of our farm facing the majestic Nilgiris in the distance and the various hues

In Memoriam Rex Brownie

  It was a difficult 2010 with the year ending on a bad note and taste when I stumbled upon adopting you from my dear friend Nagesh. I

Book your safari rides online

Dear Friends, The wait is over and finally you can book your safari rides in the Bandipur National Park online and directly with the Forest Department with no

Happy Birthday Zulu!

    Our Zulu turned 4 and we celebrated with a cake she and the other 3 enjoyed. Heresome impressions of the cake cutting.. and some lines I

The Ban is over the Wait begins…

The ban on tourism in tiger reserves has been lifted. We welcome it and caution that we dont slip back into the same photoclicking mode and reduce the

Conservation in A minor

Who says Bandipur's not happening? Conservation in full swing. Our local school birdwatching group on one of their trips did not just bird watching and spotted a Changeable

What do Tigers think?

Eshan spent some days at Dhole's Den and was lucky to see two tigers on a safari. Here is what he had to say to me on my

Sighting on 14.06.12

"Here's looking at you kid." Humphrey Bogart can turn in his grave, as these fine birds the Brown Fish Owl and Crested Sepent Eagle

Our Second Assignment

Past two weeks have been quite busy and uneasy following the death of 50+ cattle around Bandipur due to some unknown cause (yet), and 14+ Pond terrapins near

Giving the right Exposure…

Friends of Bandipur, Now here we go with an alternate to the long discussion everywhere regarding INR 500. We have maintained that INR 500 should be paid and

Safari Sambaar on 25th April

Friends of Bandipur, we have been reading various comments regarding the INR 500 Fee imposed by Jungle Lodges on SLR and professional cameras and as a responsible operator

Birth of a New Idea

Dear Friends, Dhole’s Den has from its inception as an idea has been always a home to new thoughts, ideas, views and sparks. It was our wish to

No Teddy Bears these…

Teddy Bears one would think of when they see the smiling face of this dark andd handsome bear...Another set of photos for friends of Dhole's Den to enjoy

Not all days are happy…

After the initial success with the first calf (lovingly called Sarathy by my staff...), we were given another young bull and told that his mother was no more

Calf rescued @ Dhole’s Den

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”   Thats what The Mahatma had to say on treatment to

Winter Visitors @ Bandipur

  Size : 20 cm. A Winter visitor to Central and South India. Grey and white, lacking any yellow or red in plumage. Spotted on 30th Jan 2012

Safari Saambar on 29th Jan 2012

After a big, heated and long discussion with the local management of JLR there is a ray of hope that the Saambar can turn into a good dessert

Safari Saambar 24th Jan

We as you know are the smallest place to stay in Bandipur. The safari issue took a turn with JLR staff asking for our well maintained jeep and

Latest from the Safari Sambaar…

Esteemed Guests and Friends of Dhole's Den Since 1st September M/s Jungle Lodges has taken the so called burden of providing professional safaris to all of our guests

2nd Dec 2011

She walked boldly in front of the Safari Vehicle giving a deep growl, scent marking twice in a span of 7 minutes probably looking out for her mate...

28th Nov 2011

Bandipur Memories through the Lens of Mr. Sharath Maheshwar   Our special thanks to Sharath sir for sending a bunch of lovely photograghs which he took during his

23rd Nov 2011

Finally, after a long gap, the Dominant Female was spotted continuously 3 times in consecutive Safaris...   Thanks to Ms. Kimberly Legelis and Cynthia Legelis for visiting Dhole's

29th Oct 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Elephants,Indian Gaurs,Smabar. Guests: Ms.Diana Westholm,Mr.Raghunandan & Group

Happy Birthday Shaka!

Our Kanni Male.. the one and only Shaka, the King of Dhole's Den turns 3 today and gets a mutton liver cake specially made for him. We need

7th Oct 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Tusker,Indian Gaur( 2 Herds & a Bull Gaur),Stripe Necked Mangoose Guests:Mr.Mark Donatelle,Ms.Sushma Kadoor

6th Oct 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Elephants,Indian Gaurs Guests: Mr.Shashank Luthra,Mr.Satinath Sarkar

3rd Oct 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Elephants,Indian Gaurs,Stripe Necked Mangoose Guests: Mr.James Cameroon  

4th Sep 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Elephants,Indian Gaurs,Heard the roar of Tiger for 15 mins behind the bush Guests: Mr.Rajesh

31st Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Bull Gaur,Malabar Giant Squirill. Guests: Mr.Shabbir A.C,Ms.Nirupama. Driver: Sanjay.

27th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Indian Gaurs,Barking Deer,Peacocks. Guests: Mr.Deepak Sharma,Mr.Rohit Verma,Mr.Rakesh. Driver:Dinesh

20th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Indian Gaurs,Sambars. Guests: Mr.Shiv Bhaskar,Ms.Magali. Driver: Sanjay

19th Aug 2011

WIldlife Sightings: Indian Gaurs,Sambar Deers Guests: Mr.Jitendra P Rathod Driver: Sanjay

17th Aug 2011

WIldlife Sightings: Elephants(1 Herd),Indian Gaurs. Guests:Mr.Vaibhav Saraf Driver:Sanjay & Dinesh

16th Aug 2011

WIldlife Sightings: Elephants(1 Herd),Indian Gaurs,Sambar Deers,Serpent Eagle Guests:Mr.Vaibhav Saraf Driver:Dinesh

14th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Elephants,Indian gaurs Guests:Mr.Brian Geyer,Mr.Sujay Driver:Dinesh

13th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Indian Gaurs,Spotted Deers Guests:Mr.Brian Geyer,Mr.Kailash Satyarthi,Mr.Sandeep Chabria,Mr.Mikhil Patel. Driver:Sanjay & Dinesh.

12th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Indian Gaurs (Many Herds),Stripe necked Mangoose Guests: Mr.Sandeep Chabria,Mr.Mikhil Patel. Driver:Sanjay

11th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings:Wild Dogs(pack of two),Indian Gaurs Guests:Mr.Stephen Taylor,Mr.Eric Strong. Driver:Dinesh

10th Aug 2011

Wildlife Sightings(Morning Safari): Wild Dogs(pack of 2),Indian gaurs,Stripe necked mangoose. Guests:Mr.Ferry Mone,Mr.Siva Ganesh & Mr.Shaji Mathews. Driver: Dinesh

3rd August 2011

Wildlife Sightings:Indian gaurs 2 herds,sambar,spotted deers,stripe necked mangoose,streak throated woodpecker. Guests:Mr.Shabin Sarvotham Driver:Sanjay    

22nd July 2011

    Sighted Elephants,The shy Barking Deer & beautiful Golden Backed Woodpecker during evening safari,there were signs of Tiger movements as we traced foot prints on the safari road.

17th July 2011

Wildlife Sightings: Indian Gaur,Spotted Dears & Peafowls Guests:Ms.Melissa Damelio Driver:Sanjay

9th July 2011

Sightings during evening safari: Tusker,Indian Gaurs,Sambars Guests: Mr.Jagadish,Mr Gururaj. Driver:Sanjay

3rd July 2011

      Sightings for the Day:Indian Rock Python,Indian Gaur & Black Naped Hare. Guests:Ms.Nishita Shah. Driver:Sanjay

Sightings-29th June 2011

Sighted  Tiger with kill  &  Wild Dog  during  evening  safari Guest: Mr.C.S. Patil & Family Driver :Sunil         Photography by : Sunil

Sightings-11th June 2011

Signs of  Tiger  were very clear as we found scat on the game road,finally missed the sigting with a matter of 2 mins during morning safari with Mr.Mahendra

Sightings-27th May 2011

Beautiful leopard relaxing on a tree sighted for about 3 mins by Mr.Ravi,Mr.Kailas during morning safari,Safari Driver-Sunil,photo by Sunil

Sightings-25th May 2011

Glimpse of a tiger crossing the road & leopard at the same place,Elephants & Indian Gaurs during  evening safari with Mr.Kailas,Mr.Ravi,Mr.Ramesh & Mr.Mahendra.

Sightings-14th may 2011

Wild Dog & Changeable Hawk Eagle spotted during evening safari with Mr.Rohit Verma,Mr.Vasanth,Mr.Vinay & Mr.Laurent Candelier.Safari Driver-Sunil,Photos by PK.

Sightings-12th May 2011

Serpent Eagle,Tiger,Gaur & Indian Roller sighted during evening safari with Mr & Mrs.Ram Kohli,Safari Driver-Sunil,Photos by PK.

Sightings-7th May 2011

Leopard & Red Wattled Lapwing spotted during evening safari with Mr.Himanshu,Mr.Kiran Gopinath & Mr.Gunavanth davey,Safari Driver-Sunil,Photos By Pk.

Sightings-1st May 2011

Changeable Hawk Eagle & Three striped palm Squirrel spotted during morning safari with Mr.Sandeep Mukherjee,Mr.Rohit Verma & Mr.Vijay Kumar,safari driver-Sunil,Photo by PK.

Sightings 24th April 2011

Sighted  Monitor Lizard & Crested Serpent Eagle during morning safari With Mr.Vishwanathan & Mr.Hrishikesh Sabnis,Safari Driver-Sanjay,Photo by PK.

Sightings 4th April 2011

Common Grey langur,During evening safari with Sabari Vasa & Mr.Vishnu Prasad,Photo by PK. Sighted during morning safari with Mr.Sabari Vasa,Photographed By Sunil. Monitor

Sighting on 17.03.2011

A male Dhole on the safari with Mr.David,Ian & Thomas... Its always great to see our mascot in the park. Safari Driver-Sunil,Photographed by PK.