Nestled in the southern fringes of the
Nagarhole National Park, the Kabini River Lodge is a perfect getaway for
nature lovers. The breathtaking locale with the tranquil backwaters of
the River Kabini presents 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 Tatlerís 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.
Accommodation : Kabini River
Lodge has a colonial style architecture equipped to accommodate 60
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 is 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 house has
well-equipped bar. There is also a large, charming room exclusively for
seminars, meetings with multimedia projector and other conferencing
facilities. Our communal dining area called the Ghol Ghar (circular,
open-to-sides gazebo) overlooks River Kabini and is the perfect place
for guests to share their experiences of the day with each other.
Food is an integral part of every holiday. At Kabini River Lodge, we
pamper your taste buds with delicious and piping hot buffet of Indian,
Chinese or Continental cuisine. Fresh Tandoori preparations are offered
Activities : The main wildlife
viewing activity here is the exciting safaris on jeeps into the famed
Nagarhole National Park. Our first ride into the Park is at the crack of
dawn and we 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. We could also start a
campfire and barbeque at the Ghol Ghar in the night. An ayurveda
treatment option is also offered to guests.
Wild Life : Perhaps no where
else in India can one see so much wildlife. Sighting of elephants,
sambhar, 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. Our clients are permitted to shoot, not with guns but with
camera and video. The sighting of wildlife in their eco-system creates
awareness and respect among the humans towards other life forms.