Hospitality is one thing that wins a traveler's heart right away! I know you are nodding in agreement. Well, this is not a hotel review. I don’t intend to give a critical analysis on Pradhani Jungle Camp. I’d like to introduce you to this jungle resort - it’s situated in the midst of a forest of Pradhani village. I stayed there for two days with my mother while I was in Dandeli. I confess that I did not find the resort very inviting immediately, but the warm hospitality that I received there changed my opinion.
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The kind of hospitality you receive at a place makes a huge difference to the whole experience of a trip. You are able to overlook a lot of minuses when you have excellent service at your disposal. That’s exactly what I got at Pradhani Jungle Camp in Dandeli.
|Rooms at Pradhani Jungle Camp Resort|
Helpful manager and staff
The owner of Pradhani Jungle Camp, Dharmesh, was very helpful and supportive throughout the trip. He drove us to many spots and sights in Dandeli, ensured that we were having a good time and were comfortable.
|The helpful and courteous staff of Pradhani Jungle Camp|
Even the resort staff guys were well-mannered and attentive. Although there was no phone connection in the rooms, they attended everybody without delay. All of them together took really good care of us.
|The dining area of the resort|
It felt like home at the resort. Whenever we would come back from an outdoor activity, someone from the staff would knock on the door and offer a tray of coffee and biscuits. We would just sit lazily outside our room and enjoy the balmy sun and the fresh breezes. Even the baby monkeys were quite tamed. They swung from one branch to the other on the trees, but never bothered or fiddled around with stuff.
|The Pradhani manager educated us that this wild Tulsi plant served as a natural mosquito repellent at the resort.|
The chaps at the resort were a little shy, but would open up with an ice-breaking question or two. Most of them spoke more than one language – Kannada, Konkani and Hindi. The resort owner’s mother, who also resided there, presided over the kitchen staff, but she liked to cook her own meal. There was a pet dog too who used to come around wagging his tail as soon as he heard someone had arrived.
|The food served at Pradhani gave a very homey feeling.|
Home-cooked delicious food
How often do you get fresh, home-cooked food at hotels? I think the food was easily the best thing about the resort. It almost felt like we were guests at someone’s house. I was so impressed with the food that I called the cook and praised him for his amazing cooking abilities.
There were a variety of things cooked and everything was served quite generously. We were asked if we needed anything else.
|Campfire at the resort|
Hearth at night
Just around the dinner time, the hotel staff set the campfire and invited us to sit around it. Since it was quite chilly at night, it was a much needed relief more than anything. After warming up ourselves for quite a while, we headed towards the dining area. A nice sumptuous meal was prepared for us. Nothing could have been better than having a hearty meal after an exhausting day.
|A warm and cozy evening with a bowl of soup.|
We went to sleep to wake up to another day of great hospitality at Pradhani Jungle Camp Resort. I am grateful to Official Travel Organizers for Dandeli who had organised everything for me.