Anyone like me who enjoys feeling at one with the nature will surely love this place. Calm and comforting environment along with proximity to one of India’s largest national parks qualifies Country Inn into the class of one of the best resorts to explore wildlife of Jim Corbett National Park.
From the moment I arrived, it was obvious that I wasn’t going to have an ordinary experience! The well landscaped sprawling campus with nicely manicured lawns dotted with beautiful flowering plants, shrubs and a variety of palms was simply stunning. It was late spring. And the aroma of flowering mango trees from the in-campus orchard was spreading all over.
Actually, the resort is naturally gifted. It has pleasant and serene surrounding. And equally beautiful and enchanting is the meandering path graced by forests on either side that led to this spectacular inn. I was told that the resort had that special appeal all year round. But I think monsoon wouldn’t be a great season to be here anyway. The national park is in terai (wet region in the foothills of the Shivaliks—the lowermost and southern ranges of the Himalayas) which receives heavy rainfall in monsoons.
I chose one of the eight eco-friendly luxury cottages for two night stay. Built in rustic style with wood panelling, private sit-outs and bonfires, the cottage is just what you need to have the jungle experience. If you can shell out some more, the Tree Top Cottage could be a great choice. Encased with glass walls and surrounded by mango trees, the cottage offers a mesmerizing view of the jungle. On the first day, I spent a great deal of time relaxing in a chair on the terrace watching the beautiful garden.
The restaurant Gol Ghar is traditional thatch houses of yester years, created using material sourced from within 1 KM radius from the resort. On contrary, Sizzlers is a multi-cuisine restaurant with outdoor sit-outs, offering just the right kind of atmosphere for cozy little talks with a live performance of the band in the background. I would say the food was undeniably tasty, fresh and healthy. On demand, the restaurants also serve local Kumaoni delicacies. Here, the chefs really need a special mention. They add a lot of love as an essential ingredient to every dish.
You can be as active or chilled as you want at Country Inn Corbett. Those who enjoy lounging by the pool will find the perfect environment at the swimming pool. For the adventurous, there’s a daily schedule of activities that starts off with Jeep Safari in the Jim Corbett National Park followed by a host of outdoor activities such as trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, river crossing, and elephant safari. There are great places for bird watching in the Park. You can also opt for angling in the nearby rivers, Ram Ganga and Kosi. In all these activities, kids are not left alone – there are fun games for kids and families in fun zone. I had a great time during my stay at Corbett. Location, food, facilities, rooms – all were amazing, but greatest of them was the staff and the hospitality.
Best time to visit
Many people say that the National Park is at its most beautiful just after the monsoon. Jim Corbett National Park opens after mid-November when the jungle is wrapped under the serene green and enlivened with life. However the best time to visit the Park is March to June when you have the maximum possibility of spotting a tiger. November to January is not a great time as the winter observes heavy fog and the visibility is reduced to zero. In these conditions, it won’t be possible for you to spot a tiger even if it is only 10 meters from you! Though it would say the park is simply breathtaking whether it is summer or monsoon or winter. Anytime is great if you are lucky enough to spot a tiger!