Kabini River Lodge is an experience, not just a stay. Named after the River Kabini, the lodge is Karnataka’s first eco-tourism venture.This former hunting lodge of the former Maharaja of Mysore is rated among one of the top 5 wildlife resorts in the world by the British Tatter’s Travel Guideand it has enough justified reasons.
The Kabini River Lodge promises luxury, surprises and glimpses of elephants, gaur, deer and even tigers, as rumors say. Located on the southern edge of the Nagarahole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the Kabini River Lodge resonates perfectly with the wilderness of the surroundings. The property is beautifully nestled on the banks of the River Kabini over a spread of 54-acre bringing in a magical charm and lots of visual treats.
The forest of the Nagarahole National Park is the home to elephants, sambar, spotted deer, wild boarm sloth bear, gaur, and the tiger and panther for the eyes of the lucky ones. It is indeed bliss to wake up in the former hunting lodge at the crack of dawn with the animals surprising you with a lifetime experience. Not everyone gets to witness the wild stirring from the eternal tranquility to amaze with a life-changing dramatic moment – Kabini River Lodge and its surroundings promise exactly that.
The Kabini River Lodge is a colonial-style architecture which can accommodate 75 persons at a time in a total of 14 spacious double-rooms, 6 cottages and 5 tented cottages – all well-equipped with modern amenities including attached bathrooms. However, don’t look for air-conditioner or televisions in this eco-tourism venture. These luxurious living areas are served with all in-house services including well-equipped bar, conference rooms for seminars and meetings along with multimedia projectors, and the most talked about GolGhar – the communal dining area. This GolGhar is one of the centres of attractions for its circular side-open gazebo structure which overlooks the River Kabini and is the perfect place for guests to mingle and share their experiences over delicious buffet serving Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.
The perfect gateway for the nature lovers, Kabini River Lodge is a beautiful platform where you can hear through the silence of nature and can spot adventure amidst the fauna and avifauna in their natural inhabitant. Count on the chances to spot a crocodile and over a hundred species of rare birds by the riverside.
There are regular morning and evening jeep safaris and boat ride down the River Kabini conducted by the forest authorities to offer you with enough scopes of sighting herds of elephants, sunbathing crocodiles and colorful birds decorating the forest sky with their hues. Much suggested is the traditional coracle made of bamboo and buffalo hide, or a regular motorboat ride to experience the jungle at its best. There are provisions of watching a wildlife movie in the audio-visual hall, and finally ending up with a barbeque by the campfire at the cozy outdoor.
Spend few days at Kabini River Lodge if you are seeking tranquility amidst the closest to nature and wildlife. Not to miss the ayurvedic treatments served to those looking for complete rejuvenation.