Continuing the series, I will list all eco campsites of Gujarat in this article, with photos and adequate information.
Padamdungari Campsite //Campsite near the Dangs
Note: I’ve not been to all the campsites personally. I tried best to gather and provide details as accurately as possible. If you find something wrong here, contact me or drop a comment down.
Update (23-02-2016): Yesterday, I received an email from Deepak I Mehta, Vadodara. Mr. Mehta has visited most of the campsites listed down. He has provided missing details of many campsites. Updating this article to add them. A huge thank you:)
What Is Eco Tourism & Campsites
Eco tourism is defined as: “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”
Most of the campsites have some common characteristics:
They are far from concrete jungles. In fact, most of them are located deep inside actual jungles. 🙂
Basic Accommodation – Tent and Dormitory
Peaceful atmosphere. Relaxed ambience. Noise free life.
The eco campsites and nature education sites in Gujarat are generally maintained by EDC – Eco-tourism Development Committee.
Click on each campsites title name for quick summary, location, driving directions, booking information, booking contact numbers and photos.
Click/tap on campsite title for more details.
I’ve created a custom map of all the listed campsites. View It.
1. Mahal Campsite, Dang
Surrounded by Purna Wild Life Sanctuary, Mahal Campsite has excellent walking and trekking options. Recently, (February 2016), an event named Dang Bird Festival has been organized at this campsite.
Location: Mahal Village, Purna Wild Life Sanctuary, Ahwa, Dang
Padamdungri is campsite located on the banks of Ambika river, 10 km from Unai and 30 km from Vyara town. Developed and maintained by Eco Tourism Development Committee (EDC), Padam Dungari stands amongst forests of Sahyadri mountain range. Padamdungari is one of the 4 eco tourism sites in the Dang area.
There are two campsites in Gujarat having same name, ‘Kevdi’. One is in near Vadodara and another is near Surat. Refer to this map for more clarification. Information below is for Kevdi Eco Campsite near Vadodara.
Image: Gujarat Tourism
Location: Road connecting Jambughoda Sanctuary and Ratanmahal Sanctuary, SH62, in Vadodara
Route: Vadodara – Dabhoi – Bodeli – Tejgadh – Zoz – Kevdi & back (Approx.distance from Vadodara 132 kms)
Zarvani Campsite is situated inside the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a gamut of flora & fauna. It’s near Narmada campsite. Other sightseeing areas nearby include the Zarwani waterfalls, the Shoolpaneshwar Temple, the Gheer Khadi.
Image: Gujarat Tourism
Location: Thawadia checkpost, Narmada dam site, Rajpipla
Route: Vadodara – Dabhoi – Rajpipla – Village Gora – Zarwani (Distance approx.110 kms)
Booking Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forest
Narmada Forest Division
Near Vadia Jakat Naka,
Rajpipla – 393145
Devinamal Campsite is an Eco-tourism site located 5 km off from the Dang district headquarter, Ahwa. Placed amidst the dense jungles of the Dangs, Devinamal has emerged as fresh Eco-tourism center after Kilad and Mahal.
Location: Targol, In Jambughoda Sanctuary, Vadodara
Route: Route–1 Vadodara – Halol – Pavagadh – Jambughoda.
On the way, just 5 kms away before you reach Zand Hanuman (Jambughoda), there is a diversion for Targol Eco Campsite for another 09 kms from this diversion.
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Ambapani eco tourism campsite contact no. I want to visit and want to book
I read your post, this has been of great help to plan a weekend getaway with family and friends.
Thanks for this.
I also have one question though.
All the stay places mentioned here are either run by the government or are held by some private sector.
Can you suggest some places where we can camp(Like set up tents, cook, and camp-fire) by ourselves?
This will be of great help, thanks in advance.
I have moved to USA a few years back and been out of touch with South Gujarat area.
I’m afraid I don’t have any suggestions for you.
Maybe you can try reaching out to Maa Shabari Resort in Subir.
There’s another resort on the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, they might allow you to setup something too. I can’t quite recollect its name.
pl tell me detail contact of eco tourism site for stay and price
Any contact information about ambapani?
No I don’t.
Hello darpan, this is really helpful
But i wanted to know that are there no ecotourism campsites in saurastra and kutch
Unfortunately, I am not well versed with the Saurastra and Kutch area. I am unable to offer any specific suggestions.
If anybody can give information/review of Kevdi eco campsite, Chhotaudaipur pls……..Pls share pics also if anyone has gone there recently….
Dear Mr Darpan. How to upload eco camp site pics here if we want to upload???
Hello Mr Patel,
Thanks a lot for showing interest to share your photos.
Right now, there’s no direct way to upload photos here. I will implement that feature.
Generally, when I post photos here, I optimize them by resizing and compressing to give best user experience.
The simplest way is to send photos to me via email or WhatsApp. I will upload them here with full credits to you.
Forgot to add, contact details can be found: here
Great. Thanks Darpan!
Happy to help 🙂
If anyone can post more informations about Forest Log Hut Saputara please.
for vishal khadi camp site booking phone number is 02640-220330 (Rajpipla forest office)
We visited Vishal khadi eco camp site on 22-23 July 2017.
Very nice place….
but few things to be note down for visitors who are interested in night stay…
(1) No GEB electricity there…only solar operated small fan and light in the room..
(2) No mobile networks..
(3) Rooms are comparatively nice/ok….
(4) Lots of insects, creatures may come to your room…..huh….
(5) Atmosphere at night is horrible… so always go in group families not single family…
But overall experience was good….
Thanks a ton for sharing your experience. It will help a lot. 🙂
Good Info darpan.
we have visited Dhanpari eco camp site in February 2017.
Recently we visited Vishalkhadi eco camp site..
both are nice places.
Thank you Mr Patel 🙂
Can you please confirm that the contact information listed here is correct?
If not, would you mind sharing latest and working contact numbers?
Our classmates are planning to hangout for 2 3 days which would b a better place in gujarat…v r from vadodara
I’ve been to Girnar/Junagadh area few weeks back.
You can plan your hangout there.
Places I’d suggest for 2-3 days:
Good info abt all…I hv visited bhat eco tourism camp…its a good place..!!
Would you mind sharing some photos of the Bhat Campsite?
which will be a place that has more scope of development under rural tourism ?
Sorry, didn’t get your question. Can you please elaborate?
a village in gujarat itself which has a scope for tourism but not yet developed in that sense
Don Village I believe.
Read more about the village at: Don Hill Station Ahwa
Thanks brother for this wide information
You’re welcome! 🙂
Feel free to suggest if I’m missing some details in the article..
Am in anand which is best in this 10 day time to visit from all above
We plan to visitwith full family having child also
Paresh G Dhameliya
Thanks for informational
Glad to hear that!
Which is recommended Eco Campsite in Jambughoda: Dhanpari, Targol or Bhat?
Thanks for the information. Very helpful.
I heard many good words about Targol. Go for it!
Great Job done darpanbhai, very informative sight at one place, i had tried with other link but was very difficult, here you have made avialable everything at one place, bravo darpan
Thank you very much Rakeshbhai.
This article is one of the longest posts on this website.
Glad to hear it’s helping people! 🙂
Gr8 work n good information to nature loves….
Thanks brother. ..
It’s really a very helpful dear…. thank you so much…
You’re most welcome Siddhu! 🙂
Good Job…Keep it up….!
Thank you Pinesh! 🙂
great work boss good information
Thanks boss! 🙂
Can you please suggest a hill station which has temperature below 21 or 22 degree celcius in and around pune
I heard good words about Lonavala and Khandala.
Personally, I’d suggest you Lavasa hill station.
Thank you! 🙂