Where nature meets excitement
The Old Magazine House Forest Camp, a unit of Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd., Bangalore, is located on Londa to Dandeli Road in Joida Taluk, Karnataka. The Old Magazine House used to be an ammunition dump for storing dynamite nearly 20 years ago.
Hot Spot for Nature Enthusiasts
The Old Magazine House is a haven for nature enthusiasts and travelers seeking solitude. If peace and tranquility is what you are looking for, the forest camp here will be the ideal vacation destination for you.
The camp is surrounded by an extensive reserve forest and perched at an altitude of 1,800 feet. The climate remains salubrious round the year.
The camp originally had only two warehouses. JLR has added a string of bamboo huts between the two red-hued structures. One has been converted into a dormitory and kitchen with a dining area on its covered terrace while the other is used to store adventure sports equipment and doubles as living quarters for British guides who oversee all outdoor activities.
Here you get an opportunity to spend some quality time close to Mother Nature. This is the time to rediscover the bond with the nature forgotten under the rush of modern-day living.
As night falls, the ambience wears a different hue. Hurricane lamps strung from poles beside the huts mark their positions in the dim campsite. Electricity is used sparingly and the surrounding forest comes alive with night sounds.
A left turn at the Hubli bypass, another 25 km ahead and you reach the Goa road. A right turn next 3 km ahead and at Narayanpura another right turn will lead straight to Dandeli. Finally, a last stretch of 25 km and you are in Ganeshgudi.
For the adventure sport buffs, the camp offers a host of activities such as white water rafting on Kali River, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, trekking. Mountain biking, jungle safaris and trekking are the other activities.
If making peace with nature is your mission, you can go for a slow coracle ride on the placid stretches of the river to view crocodiles and water birds, enjoy languorous elephant rides into the jungle or angling by the riverside.