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Resorts in Kabini – The Best Ones with the Right Facilities

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When in Bangalore, don’t just stay in Bangalore. Chalk out long weekends, take out that backpack from the closet, and whoosh off to Kabini where Nature still blossoms with joy. And there are many resorts in Kabini where you can stay and enjoy the breathtaking view.

Kabini Forest. Image courtesy: Forestowlet

Kabini – Overview 

The breathtaking forests of Kabini are a true delight for nature and wildlife enthusiasts with their rich depot of flora and fauna. Located near Mysore in Karnataka, Kabini is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Records in history reveal that these forests were the favorite hunting grounds for the one time royalty of Mysore.

A humble wildlife sanctuary was set up here in 1955. In 1988, it became a national park with an extended area of 643.39 sq. km. In 1999, it was declared a Project Tiger Reserve.

Today, Kabini is a hot ground for tourists from all over the world. Needless to say, a whole range of elite resorts have sprung up in and around Kabini, catering smoothly to the needs of the tourists.

Kabani Dam. Photographer Sateesh N

Some of the Best Resorts in Kabini

There are many resorts in Kabini. We have compiled a list of top 9.

  1. KAAV Safari Lodge

Kaav, a luxurious homestay situated along the edges of the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, offers the feeling of camping in the jungle amid sights and sounds of the Kabini forest. But unlike camping, it assures the protection of concrete walls, and the luxury of an elite resort. Imagine hot showers, clear pool, soft beds, good food and flawless services within the earshot of a tiger’s roar or an owl’s squeal!

Accommodation

This resort in Kabini has four well-appointed rooms with private decks.

Other Facilities

KAAV has a restaurant taking care of the gastronomical needs of the guests.

The other facilities include common lounge, viewing deck, swimming pool and Barbecue on request.

The resort also organizes myriad activities for its guests to get closer to nature. Jeep safaris, boat safaris, nature walk, coracle ride and bird watching are some interesting activities on offer.

Contact Details

  • Address: Malalli Cross, N.Belathur, PO Kabini, H D Kote Taluk – 571114
  • Website: www.kaav.com
  • Phone: +91 99006 13595
  • Email: pk@kaav.com
  1. Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge (Orange County)

Getting back to nature finds no better expression than in the Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge at Kabini. Lush green meadows dotted with tribal-styled orange huts take you on a voyage to the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. And as you stay awed meeting the ethnic experience you will be gently pushed into a thrilling wildlife encounter as well. This picture-perfect resort is surrounded on two sides by the Kabini River.

Accommodation

Rooms at Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge are classed into two types:

  • Jacuzzi Hut
  • Pool Hut

Both the huts are equipped with modern amenities like refrigerator, geyser, telephone, guest supplies, electric kettle and air conditioning.

Other Facilities

The resort has a fine-dine restaurant “Honey Comb”, serving cream of international and regional cuisines.

Besides, there’s a Reading Lounge and an Ayurvedic Spa, the “Vidyasala”, catering to your intellect and the senses respectively.

Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge offers a number of activities for getting into a rendezvous with nature. Elephant rides along the river bank, coracle rides into the Kabini River, nature walks, night trails, and birding trips are arranged for guests to get acquainted with the unique ecosystem.

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  1. The Serai Kabini Waterfront Resort

The Serai Kabini Waterfront Resort is strategically located on the bank of the Kabini River with a panoramic view of the wilderness in great proximity.

Accommodation

Lodging facilities at the Serai are classified into three categories:

  • Waterfront Verandah
  • Waterfront Villa
  • Residence

Other Facilities

The center point of the resort is its most palatable place, Wild Grass restaurant, where the guests gather for an appetizing experience. The resort also has a bar, The Outpost, serving your favorite alcoholic beverages. The other high points of The Serai are a wildlife library, a magnificent swimming pool, a well-equipped gym, a sensuous spa, Oma Spa, and a gift shop, Turquoise.

Besides, the Serai Kabini Waterfront Resort conducts a number of activities for the guests that include jungle safari, nature walks, bird watching, boat rides, bicycle trails, star gazing, bonfire, and an interesting mythology safari.

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Red Earth Kabini Resort, Kabini

  1. Red Earth Resort

If you are looking to escape somewhere far from the maddening crowd, Red Earth Resort is the ideal destination for you. Bounded on two sides by the backwaterss of the Kabini dam, the resort is located far from modern developments, and yet closer to civilization.

Accommodation

The resort has twenty private cottages, each secluded from the other, surrounded by plants and flowers. Each cottage is attached with an open-to-sky Jacuzzi and a front patio.

Other Facilities

The resort boasts of its organic food serving restaurant, Poshini; its unique island bar with a wraparound verandah, Wetlands; and a funky on the deck, Wonky Monkey. Also, do not miss to step into Zvaasthi, the resort’s exquisite spa for an enriching experience.

Red Earth encourages you to indulge in activities that take you closer to your roots. Wildlife safari, coracle, bullock cart ride, chorus walk and cycling along the backwaters are some interesting activities you must give a try to, when at Red Earth.

Contact Details

  • Address: Badane Kuppe (Near Hosamalla), Via Antharasante, HD Kote Taluk – 571114
  • Website: www.redearthkabini.in
  • Phone: +91 88847 33188/ 70222 64116/ 88847 33500

Elephant at The Bison Resort, Kabini

  1. Kabini River Lodge

The Kabini River Lodge was established as the pioneering eco-tourism venture of the Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited and Tourism and Forest Departments of the Government of Karnataka. Soon, it found itself positioned among the top five wildlife resorts of the world, as per the rating by the British Tatter’s Travel Guide.

Located on the banks of the Kabini River, on a 54-acre sprawling green property along the southern part of the Nagarhole National Park, the Kabini River Lodge is a treat to the mind and the senses due to its idyllic charm. The pristine surroundings and the tranquil backwaters make for an ideal getaway from the cacophony of city life.

While the wild habitat for elephants, gaur, chital, sambar, barking deer, sloth bear, crocodile, langur, tiger, leopard and a large species of birds peeks at the resort from the neighborhood, you can sit back in the imperial luxury of the resort enjoying the attention of the wilderness.

Accommodation

The choicest colonial architecture of the resort is spacious enough to house 75 guests. The accommodation is classified into:

  • 14 Colonial styled double rooms
  • 6 Twin-bedded cottages in sylvan surroundings
  • 5 Tented cottages with attached bathrooms

All the rooms are appointed with modern amenities in order to make it a comfortable stay for the guests.

Other Facilities

One interesting part of the resort is the Gol Ghar, a circular open-to-sides gazebo overlooking the Kabini River. It’s a space for community dining, wherein the guests gather to share their experiences at the end of the day over good food. Besides, the Viceroy’s building on the property houses a rich bar satiating the Bacchus’ urge.

The luxurious stay at Kabini River Lodge also offers adventurous jeep safari to the adjoining Nagarhole National Park and coracle ride on the backwaters of the river. Watching video films on wildlife at the Viceroy’s Bungalow is yet another way to spend the evening at the resort.

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  1. Waterwoods Lodge

As enticing as the name, Waterwoods is a wildlife resort with breathtaking views. Sandwiched between two of southern India’s most renowned National Parks –Nagarhole and Bandipur – the resort is delectably surrounded on three sides by the Kabini River.

Accommodation

The resort boasts of five Standard rooms and one Suite room, all air-conditioned.

While the standard rooms are furnished with a King Size Double Bed with provisions for an extra bed, the suite room has two King Size Beds, suitable for a family of 4-5 people.

Other Facilities

Besides offering a delectable range of cuisines on the menu, Waterwoods offers facilities for bonfire barbecue and an exquisite dining deck. The resort also boasts of a rich library, an interesting recreation room, a wellness spa, swimming pools for adults and kids, a conference hall, and a boutique gift shop.

Come to Waterwoods and experience stargazing under the night sky. You can also take a bicycle ride through the local tea plantations along the edges of the river, or go on a wildlife safari. Facilities are also available at the resort to arrange a game of golf, canoeing, and dual-line kite flying.

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  1. The Bison

The meeting point of quintessential luxury and untainted wilderness, The Bison, one of the best resorts in Kabini, is a boutique camp resort, offering something rustic and luxurious at the very edge of adventure.

The first of its kind in India, the resort offers African styled tented accommodation for that much-desired camping experience. Add to it the contemporary amenities, and you have the most cherished tale of comfort and adventure conjured up amid the untampered purity of Nature. Rightly goes the tagline of the resort: “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.”

Being strategically situated at the confluence of the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks, on the shores of the Kabini River, the boutique camp resort is also an ideal confluence of comfort, serenity and the wild. The fact that the resort particularly emphasizes on highly personalized activities for its guests makes The Bison a hot favorite among tourists looking for exploration and a thumping adrenaline rush.

Accommodation

The tents at The Bison are an aesthetic mix of the East African Camps and the old Hunting Lodges of the Raj. It makes your stay a pleasant confusion between luxury and the wild. Old cabin trunks, wooden floors, beautiful artifacts, white linen, and other original antiques enhance the country setting of the resort. The rooms are categorized into:

  • Full Waterfront Luxury Tents
  • Rustic Machan Suites
  • Private Bush Tents
  • Suite Cottage
  • The Little Bison (the most luxurious tents with personal lounge and dining)

Other Facilities

If an array of activities is occupying your mind, don’t think twice before booking a tent at the Bison, for the resort specializes in taking care of your curious wanderlust. Be it dining, safari, or the evening hangouts – The Bison, one of the finest resorts in Kabini, promises to make them all an interesting and memorable experience.

  • Begin your day with coffee and sandwich on the banks of the backwaters overlooking the forest.
  • Get binocular from the resort’s Observation Deck, and laze in your tent watching elephants, gaurs, deer, sambars, wild boars and others leisurely strolling on the opposite bank in the afternoon.
  • You can camp across the waters into the bushes at sundown, accompanied by personal chauffeur, cook and security guard.
  • Make a toasting most memorable on the banks of the backwaters while watching the sun go down in the company of a loved one.
  • Even better, take your loved one on an evening boat ride into the middle of the backwaters, and weave romantic dreams staring into the starry sky while sipping a glass of good old wine.
  • End your day with an eclectic dinner under the starry sky on the banks of the Kabini River; or snuggle into a cozy pool-side shack with your partner for a romantic candlelit dinner.

Apart from these, the star activities at the resort include vehicle safaris, boat safaris, long treks into tribal villages, bullock cart rides, coracle rides, photography lessons and bird watching. In short, be ready to get spoilt for choice.

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  1. Kabini Lake View Resort

An assortment of brightly colored cottages huddled among the pristine greenery alongside the tranquil Kabini River has a meditational effect on the tired souls. That’s Kabini Lake View Resort for you!

Situated on the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park, this resort promises supreme comfort and relaxation amid the scenic wildness of the Kabini forests at a reasonable price. Especially for the budget travelers looking for wholesome travel experience, Kabini Lake View Resort is the ideal solution.

Accommodation

The bright little cottages dotting the property make for a clean, comfortable and no-fuss stay. These air-conditioned rooms are let out to the guests on twin sharing basis. An extra bed can be pushed in for an additional person at an added cost.

Other Facilities

The comfortable rooms at the Kabini Lake View Resort come inclusive of buffet lunch, tea/coffee and buffet dinner.

Besides, the resort arranges a number of activities for the guests that chiefly include van safari through the Nagarhole National Park, nature trail walk, bird watching and coracle ride through the Kabini backwaters. The resort also arranges complimentary campfire at night for a group of more than 5 guests. At Kabini Lake View Resort, the complimentary availability of sporting arrangements like Volley Balls, Badminton and Cycles makes sure that the guests are never bored.

Contact Details

  • Address: 14/98, Manchegowdanahalli, Antharasanthe Hobli, H D Kote Taluk – 571114
  • Website: www.kabiniresorts.in
  • Phone: +91 7022155961 / 95910 09481 / 95910 09401 / 96324 08777
  • Email: info@kabiniresorts.in
  1. The Peepal Tree

Just like its name, there’s a thing of grandeur and simplicity about The Peepal Tree Resort. The fact that it is located far away from the hustles-bustles, on the magnificent banks of the Kabini River, hemmed in by lush landscapes as well as a rich mishmash of flora and fauna, makes this resort a popular getaway for the weekend escapes. And because it is more of a homestay than a resort, The Peepal Tree gets the reputation of being a home away from home.

Accommodation

A wide patch of green pastures along the Kabini River are neatly lined with vibrant cute cottages at The Peepal Tree Resort. These cottages are absolutely well-maintained, taking utmost care of comfort and hygiene. Each of these cottages is furnished with modern-day amenities, including television, DVD Player, tea/coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, and a well-equipped bathroom.

Other Facilities

Besides offering a wide array of delectable cuisines at its rustic, all-sides-open dining area, The Peepal Tree also offers modern and efficient services like bonfire, swimming pool, mini library and a number of outdoor games. But the popular attractions are boat rides, nature walk, trekking, angling, and cycling amid the meditational calmness of the locality.

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Pack your bags, spot any of the above-mentioned resort in Kabini and have a wonderful stay here.

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