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A quiet, popular getaway

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai
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A view of the blackbuck resort on the banks ofthe Vilaspur lake in Bidar.
A view of the blackbuck resort on the banks ofthe Vilaspur lake in Bidar.

The blackbuck resort built on the banks of the Vilaspur lake by the Government-owned Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) has become a popular tourist destination. Of the 15 properties owned by JLR in the State, the blackbuck resort has emerged as the fourth most popular one.

In April, 160 people spent at least one night at the resort and an average of over five per day. Sources said that a majority of visitors were from Hyderabad and from the IT sector. “The visitors said that they were glad to find such a quiet getaway from the heat of the busy metro,” manager R. Mohan Babu said. A golf tournament organised by Jungle Lodges in Hyderabad earlier this year helped spread the word about the resort.

“Usually, a resort takes six months to a year to achieve 60-65 per cent occupancy during the weekends. But the blackbuck resort has achieved 100 per cent occupancy in the first month itself,” says Jungle Lodges and Resorts executive director R.K. Singh.

Besides offering coracle rides and fishing in the lake, the resort arranges guided tours to historical monuments in Bidar and Basavakalyan. On the anvil is the introduction of water sports in the Karanja reservoir.

The cottages, built beside the lake, are spread across 35 acres of land.

The lake is in the Honnikeri protected forest area where there is a large presence of wildlife. The resort is named after blackbuck that are present in the area. Guests at the resort sometimes spot peacocks near the cottages. “Very soon, we will organise star gazing and trekking in Honnikeri forest,” Mr. Mohan Babu said.

The resort is designed by Bangalore-based Naik and Hiremath Associates. Bookings commenced on March 1, 2011. For details, visit www.junglelodges.com or call JLR's Bidar office on Ph: 9449599774.

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