Bamboo Banks is a 40 acre farm situated beside the wooded Avaraihallai River in the Mudumalai Game Reserve. The location enjoys the vistas, flora, fauna and climate of the gorgeous foothills of the Nilgiris (Blue Hills).
Zerene and Siasp Kothavala started the Guest House in 1974 and are the pioneers in this area. In the last 30 years satisfied guests from around the world have been their best advertisement, with many returning as friends.
The sprawling acreage of the farm houses only 4 independent cottages to ensure that each guest can be looked after personally yet affording blissful privacy. Truly providing you with "Luxury in the Jungle".
Siasp is a wealth of information on the jungle, tea and coffee plantations and almost any subject you care to talk about. A wide variety of Parsi, Western and Indian dishes are served at every meal including pure vegetarian.
The Kothavalas make certain that the guest house remains as a model for others to emulate and invite you to enjoy the home comforts and personal attention as exclusive guests.
Siasp, after obtaining a B.Sc in agriculture in 1952, made a career of being a tea/coffee planter. He worked with major companies and being an able administrator was soon a General Manager. Looking for new challenges led him to take premature retirement in 1972, and with Zerene who Unfortunately passed away on 8-nov-2007 took the bold step in setting up a farm in a secluded and beautiful environment. It did not take them long to realize the potential for quality accommodation and food in the area - and the guest house was born in 1974.
Siasp was brought up in different camps across the country as his father was a Collector during the pre-independence years. It was at a tender age that he was introduced to wildlife and game shooting which is the foundation of his vast knowledge of the jungle. His love for the wild grew with age, ultimately seeing a reversal of roles, to that of a conservationist. Siasp will enthrall you with his experiences and insight of not only the jungle but on almost any subject!
(Late) Zerene was brought up in a family replete with legal luminaries with a convention for patronizing the arts and social causes. Her upbringing in a home with a tradition of hospitality and a love for culinary delights ensured her success as a homemaker for Siasp and their children.
Jungle Safaris: Bamboo Banks Farm is situated at the very edge of the Mudumalai
Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park offering a plethora of
opportunities for game viewing and photography. The deciduous forests of
Bandipur National Park are also easily accessible.
The imposing white-socked Gaur and hundreds of Chital grazing in the grasslands, the majestic elephant foraging in herds, wild boar rooting by the road side - can all be witnessed here - and if lucky, you could even see a Tiger or Wild Dogs hunting in a pack. The calls of the Peacock, Jungle Fowl and Partridge merge with the song of the Mynas, Parakeets, Barbets and Cuckoos to fill the air.
Early morning and evening Safaris / elephant rides into the jungle are organized by Government agencies and our Travel Desk will make the necessary arrangements for your convenience. Jeep rides can be arranged to take you on the main tar roads of the jungle.
On your drive to Bamboo Banks many animals are sighted on the main road in the jungle area. We earnestly request you to please;
· remain in your vehicle at all times,
· not feed the animals and
· keep the forest litter free
Other things that can be done in the area are: