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10 fabulous destinations for a holiday with your pets

27 Apr 2015 | by Paruli | Posted in: Wag News

While the pet industry in India has been flourishing with pet spas and custom-made food varieties, the grey area stands when any pet parent plans a vacation (with the pets ofcourse!). Most hotels in India aren’t pet friendly and only those with pets will understand the agony of the lack of decent pet friendly hotels/resorts. But there have been some who are taking a step to offer pet friendly environment and welcome pets. While some of them charge a fee, many hotels allow pets free of cost, but have a few rules that pet parents need to abide by.

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We bring to you a list of the best pet-friendly hotels in India where you can take your pet on a lovely vacation. It is advisable to call each hotel/resort prior to your vacation in case of any changes to their policies. Most of the places have a common rule of carrying your pet’s bed linen, pet bedding and dishes and pets not allowed without leash at any of the public areas. 

1. Nainital: Emerald Trail Bhimtal (No Fee)

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Emerald Trail is a graceful colonial styled wooden cottage located 7000 ft above sea level and 9 kms uphill from Bhimtal. They offer mouth-watering home cooked meals and quality service in a peaceful and serene environment for holiday-goers. There is no additional charge for bringing pets and the staff is well equipped to handle friendly pets while the owners leave for sight seeing or any adventure sports. They do offer pet bedding and the pets are welcome to relieve within the property but not inside the room. Pet parents are advised to not leave pets unattended outside room. For details on booking and contact information, please visit: http://www.emeraldtrail.in/

2. The Pine Palace, Naggar (Manali)

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Located 19 kms from Manali at a small village called Naggar, lies the Pine Palace. The hotel overlooks the beautiful Beas valley with an amazing view. The place is ideal for trekking too and is pet friendly with home cooked meals and wonderful ambience. Booking can be done via any major Indian travel websites like goibibo, makemytrip, trivago, etc. 

Address: Naggar Castele Road, Naggar, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh / Manali, Himachal Pradesh Contact info: 09899911874

3. Goa: Hotel Laguna Anjuna (NO FEE)

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Laguna Anjuna offers Space and Grace in a country resort which is still very much rural Goa. They are purely a leisure and holiday hotel, ideal for families and friends travelling together. They are pet friendly and pets are allowed access to public areas within hotel premises as long as they accompany owners. Owners are requested to bring along their pets’bedding and food bowls and there are no charges for pets. They do not offer any pet food so carrying a bag of your pets’ fav food would be advisable. For booking and contact information, please visit: http://www.lagunaanjuna.com/

4. Presa di Goa Country House, Goa: 

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PRESA di GOA (meaning 'Captive of Goa') is a country house restored and furnished in Portuguese colonial style where you can witness the grandeur and opulence of times gone by. They are pet friendly with a few guidelines for pet owners: All Pets must be kept on their leash while being or walking on the hotel’s property and must be accompanied by their owner at all times. Pets can under no circumstances stay on the property without their master being present. Pets must be walked outside of the hotel property to relieve themselves and any pet defecation inside the premises are to be cleaned up by the owner. The pets owner is responsible for any damage or nuisance created either to hotel assets and even more so to other hotel guests and their valuables. for more information visit http://www.presadigoa.com/en/about-presa-di-goa-boutique-hotel.html

5. Bangalore - Casa Cottage Bangalore (No FEE)

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Located in the heart of Bangalore, this heritage cottage provides a European ambience and world-class facilities. It currently allows two pets in a room free of charge and of course you need to carry bedding and dishes for your pet. For booking details and contact info visit http://casacottage.com/

6. Kerala : Eco Trails Houseboats - Kottayam Kerala, IN (NO FEE)

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Two dogs of any size are welcome aboard Eco Trails Houseboats for no additional fee. Pet Food will be provided as per the specification of the owner. Pet sleeping facility also will be provided. For bookings and contact info, please visit http://www.thehouseboatskerala.com/

7. Pondicherry: The Dune Eco Village and Spa, Pondicherry

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The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Pondicherry is an eco-friendly beach hotel located on 35 acres of untouched nature by the beach. They offer fifty five uniquely designed bungalows fusing traditional and modernity architecture to give you a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. With 2 awesome restaurants serving gourmet fusion food, prepared using organically farmed vegetables and a spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation as well as many alternative therapies including Watsu, this place has a lot to offer. Both the restaurants and the swimming pools are out of bound for pets and owners are requested to kindly keep the dog leashed and not to set free in public areas. For more information visit http://www.duneecogroup.com/our-hotels/the-dune

8. Jaipur: Woods Villa Resort, Jaipur

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On the outskirts of Jaipur, Agra road, this peaceful and delightful resort is very much part of the nature. They have their own mini zoo with geese, rabbits, hens, roosters and masakkalis whom you can feed, play with or just enjoy their blissful company! For details visit http://www.thewoodsvilla.com/index.html

9. Camp Della Resort, Lonavala, Maharashtra:

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The resort reflects a passion for design and has an incomparable charm to it. The signature lifestyle destination stands out for its distinctive architecture, unique interiors, picturesque locations, landscape gardens, pavilions and beautiful decorative fountains. With an adventure park and world class restaurants, lounge bars, etc. it's a perfect weekend getaway for people from Mumbai or ones on vacation. There is no extra charge to bring pets and the resort allows pets to roam around with their owners around the property with exception to the following areas: Adventure park animal area / Swimming pool / Restaurants / Reception. Also, just like any hotel or resort, any damages will be borne by the pet owner. For further details visit - https://www.dellaresorts.com/resort-rooms/camp-della-resort/

10. Greenex Farms, Kalpetta (Wayanad), Kerala

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Located 2600ft above sea level in Gods own country Kerala, in Wayanad distict, Chundale . on the Nilgiri hills in South India you'll find this mystic resort we call Greenex farms. Set amidst a coffee plantation, it’s a get away place where one can be as close as possible to nature and have a unique experience. Choose from an adventurous tree house, eco friendly and architecturally designed cottages, a restored old farmer's home, and a bunker that accommodates 12 guests dormitory style. Swim in the pond, relax by the campfire, drink tea, play badminton, and go cycling, trekking, or birding. It's a pet friendly paradise! More details can be found on http://greenexfarms.com/

Petvacations.in is another site that lists more than 500 pet friendly hotels, bungalows, resorts, serviced apartments and homestays all over India. However, the names of the properties are rarely mentioned on the listings (rather, for example, they're listed as "villa in Goa" or "hotel in Goa"), so you may need to contact them for more information. 

While these are few of the best pet-friendly hotels in India, there are some more properties too that host pets. If you’ve had a wonderful experience while on a vacation with your pet, please share your story and the hotel details, to help other pet parents like you.

Note: Please call in advance and inquire for availability and rates. 

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