River Tern Lodge

Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India
4.69 (13)

- 280 Kms. from Bengaluru
- Bengaluru - Tumkur - Hiriyur - Hosadurga - Tarikere - River Tern Lodge

Max pax
Jungle Lodges
Max pax
46-50 Pax
23 Nos.

JLR - River Tern Lodge welcoming guests since 2013
Maintained by Government of Karnataka - JLR with a well trained team from the different parts of Karnataka who are ready to meet the guest requirements with a big smile on their face.
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Nestled in the Western Ghats the River tern lodge gets its name from the nearby island that attracts hundreds of river terns during the breeding season. It is located on a hillock on the edge of the Bhadra reservoir, near Lakkavali a stone's throw away from the northern boundary of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, in the Chikmaglur district.

The River Tern Lodge is a pleasant place to visit throughout the year.

June to September finds the entire sanctuary lush and green from the monsoons. Summer months (March – May) might be a little warm.


Buffet Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast will be served in the Golghar.


Tariff and room arrangements

LogHut Package(LH)
A comfortable room with twin bed.
Room Size 31 m²
Room Facilities
Twin bed, Desk, Sitting chairs, Deewan sofa, Private Balcony, Backwater view, Toiletries, Attach Bathroom, Individual rooms

Room arrangements : - ( Sleep )

 Week-Day charges/ person
6,970/- 8961 Flat 30% OFF

 Week-End (F/S) charges/ person
8,200/- 10543 Flat 30% OFF

Include : Lunch|Dinner|Breakfast
Deluxe Package(CT)
A spacious room with twin bed.
Room Size 34 m²
Room Facilities
Twin bed, Desk, Sitting chairs, Deewan sofa, Private Balcony, Backwater view, Toiletries, Attach Bathroom, Individual rooms

Room arrangements : - ( Sleep )

 Week-Day charges/ person
7,470/- 9604 Flat 30% OFF

 Week-End (F/S) charges/ person
8,790/- 11301 Flat 30% OFF

Include : Lunch|Dinner|Breakfast

Get to know

Check-in : 12noon
Check-out : 11am


  • Children from 6-12 years are charged 50% on Tariff.
  • Children below 5 years are complimentary.
  • Dress for comfort. Do avoid bright colours and stick to muted shades of green, black, grey and brown.
  • You'll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Don't forget your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, torch, shoes etc.
  • Avoid smoking - anything can start a forest fire.
  • Refer website Cancellation policy
  • Please be guided by the JLR and forest department instructions.
  • Booking will be confirmed only on receipt of full payment.
  • All disputes are subject to Bengaluru jurisdiction.

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Self cook
Room service

Guest review


(13 reviews)
5- Excellent 69%
4 - Good 30%

Oct, 2021

5.0  Calm,serene, and captivating place...

A beautiful place in natures lap for those who like to be away from the city buzz. Calm, serene, and captivating place. The JLR- River Tern resort is well maintained with very good hospitality, good food and well structured itinerary from the time of check in to check out so that you do not miss anything. Trailroot (special mention to Usha) helped us as always in seamless booking experience with suggestions.

Feb, 2020

5.0  Excellent place...

Excellent place for Nature lovers, best hospitality and well maintained resort.

Jan, 2019

5.0  You will be mesmerized...

You will be mesmerized with the view of Bhadra River. We were in cottage no;10. The View will be more amazing if you stay in cottages from 11 to 23. Better to avoid 9 and 10. Log huts also have good view and near to the restaurant. If you stay in cottages, be ready for a good walk to reach the cottages. Even though I was my 2.5 year old daughter, we decided to stay in cottages and we enjoyed the walk.

C''loyd Devis
Dec, 2018

5.0  Loved everything...

Loved everything about this place, the room with its awesome view of bhadra backwater, courteous staff and delicious food . Would definitely want to come back and spend may be a weak or so without any hustle and bustle of a city

Jun, 2018

4.0  A place to relax....

We stayed here on 30th of june. Great location and spacious rooms and neat toilets. Food was average. The jeep safari and the boat safari were intresting. The guide Ms.Saindavi is very informative and knowlegible. This place is not suitable for senior citizens because there is no room service and you have to climb staircase to reach the dining area for everything.

Jeffin Joseph
May, 2018

5.0  Well maintained resort...

A very well maintained resort from jungle lodges. Top location , great views,Amazing people . what else one needs! Price included boat and Jeep safari. Although we went in rainy days it was really a good experience.

May, 2018

4.0  Nice experience with few shortfalls...

The rooms (cottages) were good but far from dining and parking. It is troublesome for elders and no room service. Water sports were cancelled but no substitutes provided. Otherwise a nice place to stay and staff are very cooperative with good food. Had few birds sighting with deers & wild buffaloes

Apr, 2018

5.0  Paradise for Nature Lovers!!...

One of the best properties of Jungle Lodges & Resorts visited till date!! Best Property in terms of Experience of the Forests, Boat Safaris and Nature!! The Property Overlooks the Bhadra River and is Serene!! Food ESP CHICKEN is delicious. Staff is Kind and Ever Smiling[ Inspite of carrying our big Bags Up and Down the Hill] . Ensure you mark this place for your next visit if you love Nature and Love the feeling of being Lost in the same!!!

Feb, 2018

5.0  Fun stay provided...

Jungle and boat safari , bonfire , movie about Bhadra wildlife were all planned by the jungle lodges itself. So it was a very fun stay provided you are a nature lover

Gagan Gowda
Oct, 2017

5.0  Place is really beautiful...

The place is really beautiful and this is my 3rd visit to river tern lodge. nothing changed. 1) Excellent staff 2) Good Food 3) Beautiful place 4) Amazing view from rooms 5) Excellent service 6) Bhadra tiger reserve forest is beautiful ...

Ashok Parmar
Mar, 2017

4.0  Overall, a wonderful...

This is a Jungle Lodges property, and very similar to other locations in terms of the services offered. But the location is probably the best one I have seen in any JL resort. Perched on the side of a hill bang next to the Bhadra dam, the rooms have a spectacular view. Not much wildlife sighting, as is to be expected (since the forest has a lot of water). We were in a log hut which was very nicely designed. The cottages are on the other side (you need to cross a hanging bridge to get there). Water activities are minimal, and in any case, not advisable in the monsoon. Would highly recommend the boat safari though. The pricing is something they need to work on. The per person pricing model makes it very expensive for a family of 4. They offer very limited discounts, even during off season. On our first day, we were the only people in the entire resort! Surely its better to have higher occupancy. Overall, a wonderful, wonderful experience.

Jan, 2017

5.0  Excellent stay...

One of the best things about River Tern Lodge is the location, right next to the Bhadra Dam and Bhadra Tiger reserve The place has been maintained very well and close to nature. We had opted for the Cottages which are at some walking distance from the main reception and dining area, but offers the best view of the reservoir. The package includes the jeep and boat safaris, for a 2 day stay one can go for two jeep and two boat safaris which is actually a very good deal. The safaris are good fun, especially the boat one. The animal sightings ofcourse are purely based on luck. They also have other activities like Kayaking which we enjoyed at leisure. Loved the food spread-the breakfast especially was really good. All three meals are buffet and give a nice variety with good taste. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, also very knowledgeable and were always ready to answer our questions. The driver & guide during safaris were quite enthusiastic and kept us well informed. There were quite a few photography enthusiasts visiting and the guide/driver would never get tired of pointing out wildlife and waiting for the folks to get done with the photography without getting impatient. Overall very happy with the stay and want to try out the other JLR properties as well.

Nov, 2016

4.0  A wonderful vacation...

The two nights that we spent in River Tern Lodge was a wonderful experience.The forest on one side & the Bhadra on the other is a perfect setting for a relaxing vacation. Nice clean A.C.rooms ,spacious bathrooms, clean bed linens & towels ,tea & coffee maker in every room.The best feature is the private verandha where you can sit in peace & enjoy the amazing view of the Bhadra reservoir with its tiny islands.There are two types of accomodations, log huts & cottages. For family with kids & elderly persons log huts are a better option as they are near the dining & reception areas.Cottages are quite a distance away & walking back & forth for every meal or outing may not be everyone''s cup of tea.The package includes jeep safari & a boat cruise, both very enjoyable experience.The guides are very knowledgeable & helpful.Don''t be dissapointed if you don''t see many animals esp the tiger, the feel of the jungle is the main thing. The smiling faces of the helpful staff are an added bonus.The cuisine is mix of south & north indian variety & plentiful buffet spread. A little heavy on the spices but palatable. It is best to spend two nights here to really enjoy the place.Best time to see birds is from Jan-March. I highly recommend this lodge.

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