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Jungle Book

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Waterfalls Rd, Kulem 403410 India
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Manas N wrote a review Dec 2020
Nashik, India11 contributions6 helpful votes
We were brought here by the recommendation of our hired auto. "You will get buffet lunch and a spice plantantion tour saar" he said. We believed him and paid INR400 per person to attend to this place. I wonder how much comission did he score on fleecing us. What followed was horrible. Food was cold, stale and without any taste. Had to wait multiple times to get some items. We were tired and hungry, we just ate. Washbasin was overflowing and we had to put our own plates to a "blue bin" except there wasn't one. The guided tour to so called "plantation" was just a farce so the guide could tell us "importance" of various ( only 5 ) plants and later upsell these same spices back to us. Infuriating. Tour lasted about 30 minutes during which we were questioned and schoold and condescened by guide about our ignorance for spice plants. Avoid at all costs. Better eat some pongas and kurkure from nearby shops rather than having their "buffet" and giving them a single penny.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Sunshine wrote a review Feb 2020
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Could only give this overnight experience 2* Firstly, this experience could be done in a day.. It would certainly be more comfortable. We spent a lot of time hanging around with no information. Spice tour- was not the plantation expected but a walk around the huts, it passed an hour. The walk with the elephants was bizarre. Expected a walk in the jungle. What we got was a walk along a dusty track to what can only be described as an abandoned building site.. Not photogenic. We were then escorted onto the train station platform for 20 mins. There were a few monkeys but pointing out the booking office was not a visitor attraction I would recommend. The hut was basic, shower good. Sadly the bed linen was filthy and stained. We didn't notice until we were going to bed. We didn't know where to go to complain... Gruesome. Also there was no glass in the bathroom window which rendered the bathroom out of bounds at night. Washing elephants on day 2 was fantastic(1*) Waterfall also was great(1*)... Go early though as its a dangerous hike. The food was OK, Complained to tui rep on return and emailed photos to him as he requested. I have not had any response. Not worth £125pp
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alan D wrote a review Jan 2020
Reading8 contributions3 helpful votes
We were very surprised to read some very negative reviews of this TUI trip on Tripadvisor following our own visit from which we returned today (23rd Jan 2020). Our experience suggested that the elephants kept at this resort, whilst domesticated animals, were well cared for and showed no signs of stress. The mature elephants at the resort were all rescued and have been there for more than 20 years and have produced offspring there (a good sign that these animals are happy and well cared for). The baby elephant was delightful, was full of fun and spent ages doing what young animals do - being a nuisance, having fun and generally enjoying life. However, the keepers were very careful to protect the baby from making contact with everyone there and the parent elephant also did its bit to keep the baby under control. Overall, it was a real treat to feed the elephants, join them on an evening walk, and also join them being washed and scrubbed in the nearby river. The trip to the Dudhsager Falls was a bit tortuous and involved a 6.5 mile 4x4 trip along a very bumpy track, followed by a difficult walk over rocks and a couple of small bridges to reach the Falls. On the day we went, it was very crowded and meant the walk to the falls was made more difficult. We are in our late 60s and a bit slower than most but the only problem for us was younger people barging past us not realising it is not always easy to keep a firm foothold on loose rocks. As other reports have indicated, this trip can get very busy, so you need to be prepared for a rough ride to get there and a fairly hazardous walk to the falls. Nevertheless, we felt it was a great experience and the falls are spectacular with some amazingly large fish swimming around in the pool below the falls. As concerns the JungleBook Resort accommodation, it was clean, adequate / basic but this was what we were expecting. The hut we stayed in (103) was clean and we managed with a cold water shower although we could have had some hot water if we wanted to collect some. We chose not to. The bed was very firm and we did find it difficult to get a full night sleep, partly because of noise from the nearby railway and partly because of the room temperature. Although we could control the speed of the indoor overhead fan, we found it too windy and cold. Without the fan it quickly became too warm. We ended up having the fan on for a few hours, switching it off for a few hours and then switching it back on again. These changes were timed with our overnight toilet visits - a real sign of age! The food provided was good, although we did have to buy our own bottled water for the first and last main meals. The campfire evening meal included free drinks, including alcohol. All in all, we paid just over £100 each for the 2 day trip, which included a 20% TUI discount available to us at the time. This included the coach trip to / from our hotel (2.5 hours each way), the food during our stay at JungleBook (and free alcohol for the campfire evening), the various elephant experiences, a short spice tour at the resort, making paper from elephant poo, and the trip to the falls. We thought this was really good value, everyone was extremely helpful and friendly, and we would recommend the trip. However, if you prefer 5 star level accommodation and cuisine, want wifi in your room, and don’t enjoy ‘rustic living’, (albeit for a couple of days), you might want to think twice about going on this trip.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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ANDREAF1203 wrote a review Jan 2020
Cheshire, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
My first main concern is the excursion we booked with the Tui Rep once we arrived at Caravella Beach Resort. This was the Jungle Book excursion, Elephants & Waterfall. We were told this was a chance to see the Elephants in their natural habitat and were free to roam. Once we arrived I took it upon myself to go and see where the elephants were kept and much to my amazement and sadness behind some tarpaulin (hidden from public view) I saw the elephants chained up with no more than a 2 or 3 foot of chain tied to their feet so they could not move freely. During the exhibition where people on the tour could view these beautiful creatures one of the carers of the elephants and his foot permanently on the elephants foot which I assume this is part of their training to indicate the elephant is not allowed to move. On another occasion I also witnessed one of the carers punching the elephant to get it to go into the water which it obviously did not want to do. On another occasion when we all went to the water to watch the elephants, a mother and her very small baby appeared. After a while the elephants were herded out of the water and the baby was separated from the mother by a carer so people could stroke the baby. The mother was clearly in distress and the baby was darting all over the place with no idea where to go, the baby was so confussed. There were also chain marks around the elephants feet and cuts on their trunks and I was told this happens when they are close to the trees. People on the trip actually left having seen pictures another lady had taken of the elephants chained up. I can’t stress how unhappy and disgusted I am about all this, I would NEVER had gone on this tour would I have known this. There are similar reviews on Trip Advisor. The hut we stayed in overnight was terrible no air-con and the ceiling fan did not work properly, hence we had no sleep. There was no hot water so could not shower after a day in the heat. With regards to visiting the waterfalls the following day the rep made this sound like a wonderful experience. What we were NOT told was that once arriving at the Waterfall carpark (after a very bumpy 15 minute drive) it then took at least 15 minutes to get down to the actual water after climbing over extremely slippery and jagged rocks. This was very dangerous and we were so lucky we did not slip/fall and have an accident. What we were also NOT told by the Tui rep is that there would be thousands of tourists at these waterfalls which in reality was a very confided space. Our trip tour guide actually told us there were 450 jeeps at these waterfalls when we arrived. 7 people in each of these jeeps makes 3,150 people. Just awful, me and my family hated every minute. We were so happy to arrive back to Caravella Beach Resort. My comments will not be stopping just by completing this review. People need to know not only about the treatment of these Elephants at the Jungle Book Resort but also the trip is nothing like how it is described by Tui!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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MagicalMrETour wrote a review Jan 2020
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom537 contributions95 helpful votes
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Well, our stay at Jungle Book Resort was very controversial. A number of guests that were part of our group tour left after a short time amid claims that the elephants were not treated well. Based on what we saw, the elephants seemed calm and showed no signs of distress while they were fed, bathed in the river, washed and walked. However, that is our opinion and we are not experts. The lunches, evening meal around the camp fire and breakfast were good, if a little bit too similar. The overnight stay in the jungle cabin was good fun although there was no hot water as claimed. The spice tour and cooking demonstrations were interesting but very basic. The main part of the stay was watching and interacting with the elephants including a mother and her four month old baby. This was an amazing experience overall. Would I recommend the Jungle Book Resort? Based on my experience, yes, but please read other reviews and opinions and decide for yourself.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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US$19 - US$24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IndiaGoaSouth Goa DistrictKulem
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jungle Book
Which popular attractions are close to Jungle Book?
Nearby attractions include Dudhsagar Falls (7.9 km), Sahyadri Spice Farm (2.4 km), and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jungle Book?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a fitness centre, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Jungle Book?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Jungle Book?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jungle Book?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Jungle Book have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Jungle Book offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Jungle Book located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Kulem.
Are pets allowed at Jungle Book?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Jungle Book?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.