KABINI RIVER LODGE - ONE OF THE TOP FIVE WILDLIFE RESORTS IN THE WORLD
Nestled in the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park, the
Kabini River Lodge is a perfect Getaway for nature lovers. The breathtaking locale with the tranquil backwaters of the River Kabini present an ideal setting for a long-awaited vacation. Once the hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini River Lodge is today rated by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide as one of the top 5 wildlife resorts in the world. Kabini is pure elephant country as one can see numerous herds at a time. However, the blaze of the elusive tiger always haunts you as you roam through the verdant jungle here. Once widely known for the mass elephant-trapping operations called 'Khedda', Kabini stands as the one of the brightest beacons for wildlife preservation in India today.
Kabini River Lodge has a colonial style architecture equipped to accommodate 50 persons at a time. Fourteen spacious, colonial style double rooms with modern amenities, ten twin-bedded cottages in Sylvan surroundings and six tented cottages with attached modern bath ensure that your stay here is in comfort. (But there is no A/c, or T.V. in any of the accommodation). All these in a well maintained 54-acre campus, surrounded on three sides by the bend of the River Kabini, giving it a paradise like look.
Apart from the luxurious living areas, the Viceroy's building houses their well-equipped bar. There is also a large, charming room exclusively for seminars, meetings with multimedia projector and other conferencing facilities. Their communal dining area called the Ghol Ghar (circular, open-to-sides gazebo) overlooks River Kabini and is the perfect place for the guests to share their experiences of the day with each other.
The main wildlife viewing activity here is the exciting safaris on open-top jeeps into the famed Nagarhole National Park. Their first ride into the Park is at the crack of dawn and visit the park again at 4.30pm. A boat ride on the River Kabini would sure be a treat to your eyes, as many elephants tend to congregate on the banks in the evenings. You could be sure to see as many as 150-200 elephants on a summer evening. Guests can choose between the traditional, circular boat (made of bamboo and buffalo hide) and the regular motorboat for the river cruise. In the evening, movies on wildlife are shown in our audio-visual hall. They could also start a campfire and barbeque at the Ghol Ghar in the night. An ayurveda treatment option is also offered to the guests.
1st Feb 2012 to 15th Sept 2012
16th September 2012 to 15th June 2013
Day One | Day Two
A night’s stay is divided into Day 1 & Day 2. For a fulfilling experience of the destination, we recommend you stay at Kabini for at least 2 nights. However, a one-night programme is described below
- 12 noon: Check in at noon. Settle down and freshen up
- 01.30 p.m-2.30 p.m.: Treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch at the Gol Ghar
- 04:00 p.m.: Gear up for a ride into the Park with tea/ coffee served at the Gol Ghar
- 04.30 p.m - 7.00 p.m. Our naturalists take you on a wildlife jeep safari into the Nagarhole National Park, showing & sharing with you their experiences and information about the jungle and all the animals that live there.
- 07.45 p.m: Watch a wildlife movie at the Viceroy's building.
- 08.30 p.m- 10.30 p.m.: Bask in the warmth of the campfire, while you dine in the Gol Ghar, exchanging tales of the jungle with the other guests and our staff.
- 6.00-6.30 a.m.: Wake up to a hot early morning cup of tea/coffee
- 7.00-09.30 a.m.: Cruise through the serene backwaters of the Kabini River on a motor boat viewing sleepy crocodiles and chirpy birds, intent on their morning catch. View a variety of wildlife, especially the elephants, coming to the river for bath or a drink.
Alternatively, you can go on a jeep safari to sight the animals, which means you can have the boat ride the evening before.
- 10:00 a.m.: Your stay at Kabini is not over yet. A hearty brunch is what awaits you after your sojourn in the wild.
- 11:00 a.m.: As you bid adieu to Kabini, the memories of your stay here will linger on, till the time you return again.
- Tariffs are per person per night on twin-sharing basis.
- Transfers to & from our resorts are not included in the tariff.
- Single occupancy charges at an additional of Rs.1000 & Rs.1550 per night for Indian & Foreigner respectively
- Tariff for Children (accompanying parents) between 5 and 12 years is 50%.
PAYMENT RULES & REGULATIONS FOR RESERVATIONS:
Bookings made without payment, will be held purely on a tentative basis. Such blocked reservation will hold good for seven days, if its is less than 60 days from check-in date; three days, if it is less than 30 days from check-in date and one day, if it is less than seven days from check-in date.
Perhaps nowhere else in India can one see so much wildlife? Sighting of elephants, samba, spotted deer, gaur, wild boar, sloth bear, wild dogs, etc., are almost assured, while if one is lucky, a tiger or a panther too, could be sighted. Their clients are permitted to shoot, not with the guns but with the camera and the video. The sighting of the wildlife in their eco-system creates awareness and respect among the humans towards other life forms.
HOW TO REACH
From Bangalore | From Mysore
Bangalore – Mysore – H. D. Kote road – H. D. Kote hand post – Enough sign boards to help you reach the Kabini River Lodge.
Kabini River Lodge is situated 5 km off the Mysore-Mananthavadi Road. To help you plan your trip we present the following options.
Options from Bangalore To Kabini:
If you are traveling by your own car, all you have to do is reach Mysore and then follow the detailed route sketches. Incidentally, your driver can stay free of cost at their comfortable dormitory.
- You can hire a taxi for to and fro journey.
- Another alternative is to take a train ride of 2 - 2 1/2 hours from Bangalore City to Mysore, and from there proceed by car/bus to Kabini.
Options from Mysore To Kabini:
- If you have arrived by train, we can arrange for a taxi to meet you at the station for your onward journey to Kabini.
- Guests from Ooty may follow Bandipur, Gundulpet, Begur, Nugu dam & Hand Post Circle for a shorter route that is quite bumpy, or come via Mysore, which is a better road.
- Guests from Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Hyderabad, Madras etc., may enter via Bangalore.
- Guests from Trivandrum, Cochin & Calicut can come via Mananthavadi, along the Mysore Mananthavadi road.
- Guests from Mangalore & Madikeri could come via Hunsur, H.D. Kote and Hand Post Circle.