The Peepal Tree Kabini - A Boutique Home Stay

The Serai, Kabini
Celebrate life by just being together with mother nature.

The Peepal Tree, resort in Kabini, is located on the banks of magnificent Kabini backwater, surrounded by verdant landscape, endless greens, undisturbed calm and fishing in the wild. Their backwater independent cottage are spread over 2 acres of serene land close to the forest and water bodies, with 22 well -appointed cottages beautifully situated in an elevated position along the backwater.

The cottages on offer are an exotic combination of luxury, contemporary lifestyle and natural beauty, surrounded by the backwaters, wildlife and deep rooted traditions. Their back water side cottages would be an ideal base from which one can explore the outstanding scenery and take advantage of the many activities in the area including fishing, trekking, cycling and meditating in the calm and well laid out tracks on the banks.

The cottages at The Peepal Tree, boutique home stay at Kabini, are independent and self-sufficient units that offer all the modern comforts and amenities, with utmost priority given to convenience and safety.

Kabini: The Destination

Kabini, also called Kabini and Kapila, is a river of Southern India; it originates in Wayanad District of Kerala from the confluence of the Panamaram River and Manathavady River and flows eastward to join the Kaveri River. Close to the town of H.D. Kote it forms the huge Kabini Reservoir. The backwater of the Kabini reservoir is very rich in wildlife especially in summer when the water level recedes to form rich grassy meadows.

Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque backwater, and fantastic sighting of large herds of elephants .It is 80 kms away from Mysore and 220 kms from Bangalore, it is considered to be one of the best wildlife destinations in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life.

Another attraction is the Kabini Dam, which is 2,284 feet (696m) in height. Kabini Dam is situated at a distance of 14 Km from H.D. Kote town, Mysore district.

Few of the Animals & Birds found here are:

Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Gaur, Elephant, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer , Mouse Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Wildboar, Otter, Common Grey Mongoose, Stripped Necked Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Jungle Cat.

Jungle Babbler, Ducks & Drakes, Ibis, Cranes, Storks, Malabar Trogon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Black Drongo, Roufus Treepie, Tawny Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Spotted Dove, Chestnut Headed Bee Eater, Asian Fairy Blue Bird, Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Headed Mynahs, Scarlet Minivet, Lorikeets, Rose Ringed Parakeet , Plum Headed Parakeets, Bar Winged Flycatcher, Roufus Backed Shrike, Gold Fronted Chloropsis, Coucals, White Cheecked Barbets, Coppersmith Barbets, Peacock, Peafowl, Spur Foul.

Common Krait, Pit Viper, Russells Viper, Green Vine Snake, Rat Snake , Indian Rock Python, Monitor Lizard, Tortoise, Crocodiles, Toads, Cobra, Cobra.

Winter records a Temperature of 16 C and summer records 32 C.

Best time to see wildlife is from October to April and when the forests are lush green between July to October.

Activities at The Peepal Tree, Kabini

Safari: Government bus safari at Anterasante. (Booked on per notice & on availability*)
Boat Rides: A boat ride to experience nature and to explore the exciting birdlife on the edge of the water.
Bird Watching Bird watching in Kabini is an excellent pastime with over 300 species of birds being recorded here.
Treks: Discover the landscapes and its vivid wildlife with our local guide.
Joy Fishing: You have the option of joy fishing.
Star Gazing: Enjoy some backyard astronomy on the banks of the backwaters.

Dress for comfort

  • Do avoid bright colors and stick to muted shades of green, black, grey and brown. The more you meld with the background, the better.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Avoid smoking - anything can start a forest fire.
  • You'll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Don't forget your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, torch, etc.
  • Avoid plastics. We're really trying to cut down on plastics.

Facilities at The Peepal Tree, Kabini

Room Amenities: Television/DVD, Tea/Coffee Kettle, Microwave, Fridge, Toiletries, Power Back up

Complimentary Activities: Swimming Pool, Bon-Fire, Dual Line Kites, Board Games, Outdoor, and more...


Rate per night
Cottages - Both Single & Double
Rs. 10,000*

*: Taxes applicable


  • Stay for one night only
  • Lunch
  • Evening tea & coffee with cookies
  • Dinner on day one & ends with breakfast on day two.
  • Check-in: 12 noon | Check-out: 11:00 am
  • One child below 8 years goes free with all meals

Rules & Regulations to be followed at THE PEEPAL TREE, KABINI

Check-In / Check-Out Time: For room accommodation, check-in time is 12 noon & Check-out time is 11 am

Security Checks: Every person, bags, parcels or other items may be subjected to inspection with ID proofs on admission

Minors: Minors should always be accompanied by adults.

Cleanliness: The resort works hard to keep the area clean. Kindly do your part by throwing all trash in designated trash bins.

Pets: The resort does not allow pets.

Please conserve water & Energy: Turn off water faucets & shower bulbs properly. Turn off lights while not in use.

Valuables: Please take care of your valuables; the management is not responsible for alny loss of damages of your personal belongings.

Right conduct: The management has the right to deny admission or evict guest or group of guests found under the influence of illegal drugs, generally disrupting the peace and order at the Resort, and / or engaging in fights.

Swimming pool and Boating: Strictly obey the swimming pool and boating rules visible at the pool area. Obey instructions of lifeguards and staff. We reserve the right to implement additional rules and regulations for the safety of everybody.

Kitchen: Our kitchen closes at 23:00 Hours. No Room Service.

Corkage fee: We restrict bringing in liquors to dining area or corkage fee shall be implemented.

Damage to property: Guest will be held responsible for any loss or damage to the property, caused by themselves, their friends or any person for whom they are responsible.

Enjoy your stay at PEEPAL TREE: Quite Hours: 23:00 to 07:00 - Let's enjoy the tranquility and serenity which is naturally embedded at The Peepal Tree Kabini and we vouch to make this experience a memorable one.



Driving Directions from Bangalore:

  • From Mysore take the road to H D Kote / Mananthvady
  • H D Kote - 45 KM. Hand Post Circle (Continue straight towards Maananthavaadi)
  • 3 Kms after Hand Post Circle turn left towards Kabini Dam
  • Continue till you reach N Begur Village
  • Turn Right to Peepal Tree (1.5 KM from N Begur Village)
  • You reach THE PEEPAL TREE


Driving Directions from Kozhikode:

  • Vythiri
  • Kalpetta
  • Mananthawadi
  • Bavali
  • 3 kms before Hand Post circle turn right towards Kabini Dam. Continue till you reach N Begur Village
  • Turn Right to Peepal Tree (1.5 KM from N Begur Village)
  • You reach THE PEEPAL TREE
  • The nearest airports are:

    Mysore (MYQ)80 Kms
    Bangalore (BLR)245 Kms
    Kozhikode (CCJ)170 Kms

  • The nearest railway stations are

    Bangalore - 220 Kms
    Mysore - 80 Kms
    Kozhikode - 145 Kms

  • By road

    Bangalore - 220 Kms
    Mysore - 80 Kms
    Kozhikode - 145 Kms

Signature Holidays Team @ The Peepal Tree, Kabini


It was 5.30 am on a Sunday morning when I left Bangalore with my team for Kabini by an Innova on a day trip. The main purpose of this trip was a recce visit to “The Peepal Tree” – a new boutique resort at Kabini.

I came to know about this new resort at Kabini just a week back. I had also met the Senior Executive of the resort in Bangalore & had a lot of discussion with him about their new resort.

This discussion coupled with my little knowledge about this new resort had whetted my curiosity and Kabini being one of my favorite destinations; I was very keen to visit “The Peepal Tree” at the earliest. I had planned a trip to visit my family at Mysore this weekend & decided to do Kabini instead. Real sacrifice indeed taking into account that I had not been to Mysore – my hometown – for more than 4 weeks & missing my family a lot.

Had breakfast at Hotel Siddartha, Mysore & thoroughly enjoyed it. All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. Was frightened to go home for breakfast as I was not brave enough to face the wrath of my family. I had made a brave decision & it was time to dare + endure.

The drive to the resort was pleasant enough except for the last 2 kms. After driving for one km on the last leg of the bumpy road, I could see the backwaters of Kabini. A little further down on this bumpy road; I could see the cottages at “The Peepal Tree”.

Mr. Vachan Rai; the Director: welcomed me to his resort. A refreshing orange juice immensely helped to revitalize me. Mr. Rai then took me around the resort starting with his cottages.

All cottages have two bedrooms + a living area + a kitchenette & two bathrooms. Bathrooms were fitted with the latest fixtures & the kitchenette carried a fridge, microwave oven & a tea / coffee maker. The cottages are ideal for a family of 4. I was informed by Mr. Rai that they will allot the whole cottage to a couple too at no extra cost & not make the couple share the cottage with another couple. I wholeheartedly approved this & these cottages will be real luxury for couples.

The gazebo in the resort is used as the restaurant & could comfortably seat 40 diners. The diners will have a clear view of Kabini backwaters & the view is really awesome. I was ravenous & did full justice to the fairly spread lunch. The swimming pool at the resort is in front of the gazebo & the backwater is just 200 mts. from the swimming pool.

The resort has one of the longest waterfront area among all other resorts at Kabini & the view is breathtaking. I regretted that I had just planned on a day visit to this resort instead of spending the whole night here.

The promoters have lot of things planned in the next 2 or 3 months & Children’s play area, Spa, Bird watching towers.. etc. will certainly come up before the end of February; if not earlier. The tariff is just Rs.10,000/- + taxes per couple per night with all meals included. Also one hour motorboat ride is complimentary for guests who stay for more than one night. Wonderful bargain for all nature & wildlife lovers.

It was time for me to say goodbye to Mr. Vachan Rai – my wonderful host at the resort. Mr. Vachan Rai was gracious enough to invite my family to his wonderful resort. I accepted the invitation with alacrity before my host could change his mind.

I drove back to Bangalore & suddenly decided to break my journey at my home in Mysore. I had taken lot of pictures of this resort & was very confident that my family will not only pardon me but jump with joy if I told them about their impending trip to this great resort after showing them the pictures. I am not a naturally brave person; but for a change; I felt supremely confident. The invitation from Mr. Vachan Rai combined with the lovely pictures of the resort prepared me to face the forthcoming barrage from my dear ones with the strong conviction that I was suitably armed to take it.

I had a nice dinner with my family after convincing them that I had made the supreme sacrifice of driving to “The Peepal Resort” on a Sunday just to induce an invitation for the entire family. I like to believe that the family bought my explanation & all is well that ends well.

Backwaters of Kabini @ The Peepal Tree, Kabini Bedroom # 2 @ The Peepal Tree, Kabini Bedroom # 3 @ The Peepal Tree, Kabini Photo by: Stuart SeegerLink: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuseeger/97577796/ Photo by: Stuart SeegerLink: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuseeger/97577796/ Photo by: Stuart SeegerLink: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuseeger/97577796/