Originates from Wayanad in Kerala, gushing through Karnataka, being home to one of the lush forest reserves with exciting wildlife, and featuring a massive dam, Kabini is one of the famous rivers in South India. This mighty river gives birth to the most beautiful reservoir and tranquil backwaters that have attracted nature lovers and adventure seekers who want to rest peacefully for years. In summer, one can discover plenty of wildlife across Kabini Reservoir right from herds of elephants to chasing tigers or skulking crocodiles when the waters recede and give way to rich grassy marshlands, teeming with bird life. And, of course, your holiday experience will be perfect if you choose an ideal place to stay here as part of the Karnataka tour packages. There are several hotels and resorts across Kabini where you can enjoy a comfortable stay.
Here is our pick of the best places to stay in Kabini that are decked up with numerous facilities and a serene location.
Kabini River Lodge
Named after the gushing Kabini River, the Kabini River Lodge was established as the first eco-tourism venture of Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited and the Tourism & Forest Departments of the Government of Karnataka. The resort is located at Karapura village on the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park, one of the most visited national parks in India, and among the best places to visit in Karnataka. Rated as one of the Top 5 Wildlife Resorts in the World by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide, this former hunting lodge of Mysore rulers speaks of erstwhile elegance and has 14 spacious rooms, 6 twin-bedded cottages, and 5 tented cottages fitted with all modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The resort has a well-stocked bar, a seminar room, and a beautiful communal dining area called the Ghol Ghar. During their stay at Kabini River Lodge, guests can go on wildlife safaris, can also take coracle rides on the River Kabini along with a naturalist, and watch video films on wildlife at the Viceroy’s Bungalow. The resort also offers ayurvedic treatments for those who seek rejuvenation in the truest sense. The 54 acres of property overlooking the Kabini River is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The stay price starts from INR 15, 000 to 25, 000 per night.
The Serai Kabini
Sprawling over vast area of about 70 acres, The Serai Resorts is one of the most lavish places to stay in Kabini, and among the top wildlife resorts in Karnataka. Located amidst the wilderness of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the best part about this resort is that only 10 acres have been used for the resort while the remaining 60 acres have been left to the freedom of the wild. This 4-star resort has three different kinds of accommodation options – Waterfront Verandahs – twin cottages with warm and cosy interiors, Waterfront villas, and the Residence – a magnificent villa with a spacious living room, a palatial bedroom, a large private garden and a luxurious jacuzzi pool for private use of the resident. Modern amenities like swimming pool, wildlife library, and poolside dining are available at Serai Resorts, in addition to a well-stocked bar and a fine dining restaurant. While staying at The Serai Kabini, one can enjoy the best of cozy picnic spots, lively bonfires, kayaking on the shimmering backwaters, and thrilling cycle trails that lead you right into the heart of Kabini. Besides, guests can immerse into a world of pure bliss with the unique spa therapies at Oma. The stay price starts from INR 17, 000 to 25, 000 per night.
Falling into the premises of the bordering Nagarhole National Park, the Waterwoods Lodge was established in 1999 and is famed to be the first-ever private property in Nagarhole National Park. Overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Kabini River, the resort has been gorgeously designed in a colonial style. Moreover, it lies between two of the most famous tiger reserves of India – Bandipur & Nagarhole and has the enchanting Brahmagiri range as its backdrop, making it one of the best places to stay in Kabini as part of Nagarhole tour packages. One can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the lush greenery on one side and the serene backwaters on the other. The resort has various rooms equipped with all the modern amenities. The resort features various facilities such as a swimming pool, a massive outdoor cinema, an eco-friendly library, and a dining deck. Guests can enjoy a wildlife safari with a prior reservation. The stay price starts from INR 16, 500 to 22, 000 per night.
Regenta Kabini Springs Resort
Searching for one of the best resorts in Kabini with a tariff that doesn’t burn a hole in your pockets? then the Kabini Springs Resort is a perfect choice. Surrounded by indigenous wildlife, a dense tropical jungle, and a beautiful river, the Kabini Springs Resort is an ideal gateway to spending memorable vacations in the lap of beautiful nature within the premises of Nagarahole National Park, among the top places for wildlife in India. The resort offers three different accommodation options in the form of Courtyard Rooms, River Front Rooms, & River View Suite. And, each room or cottage displays a mélange of contemporary décor, top-class furnishings, and modern amenities that meets customer’s needs. In addition to this, one can get to dine under the stars, plunge into the turquoise blue waters of the large swimming pool, spend a night by the campfire, embark on a guided jungle trek, enjoy a wildlife safari, and do much more while staying at the resort. The stay price starts from INR 10, 000 to 12, 000 per night.
Red Earth Resort
The Red Earth Resort in Kabini is situated on the peaceful backwaters of the Kabini Dam and is one of the most serene, and beautiful of all the Kabini Resorts. The resort has been developed to provide a lavish stay amidst the lap of nature, that offers a homely atmosphere and the best of services and facilities. Spread over 10 acres, the resort has 20 exclusive cottages along with beautiful gardens, and an outdoor pool overlooking the serene backwaters. The resort encapsulates what Kabini is all about and promises to leave you with an experience of diversity and well-being that is unparalleled. Here, guests can indulge in chorus walks in the early hours of the day, jeep safaris at Nagarhole National Park, cycling trips through idyllic villages, or the idyllic coracle rides on the backwaters, that promises to leave you with an everlasting memory. The stay price starts from INR 13, 000 per night.
Kaav Safari Lodge
Kaav Safari Resort is a luxury jungle lodge situated on the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park, among the best places to visit near Mysore. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is the largest protected area in South India and also one of the 34 Biosphere Reserves around the world. Considered to be one of the best jungle lodges and resorts in Kabini, Kaav Safari Lodge would enable you to experience wilderness in a manner like never before, providing you with a chance to spot animals like Asiatic elephants, gaur and barking deers frolicking in the wild. There are just six rooms in Kaav that are divided into two categories – Superior Rooms & Luxury Tents. The amenities of the resort include Private Decks, a Swimming Pool, and Alfresco Dining. Besides, the resort offers travelers jungle safaris, bird-watching trips, guided nature walks, thrilling bicycle tours, and boat rides across the calm expanse of the Kabini River. The stay price starts from INR 19, 000 to 40, 000 per night.
Evolve Back Resort
Formerly known as the Orange County Resort, the Evolve Back Resort is among the most lavish Kabini resorts, and is the perfect place for those dreaming to have the delightful experience of living in the woods of Nagarhole, among the top wildlife sanctuaries near Bangalore. The intriguing setting of this resort is inspired by native Kuruba tribes’ hut accommodations. With thatched roofs and short walls, each of the rooms here is designed specifically to provide an excellent amalgamation of rustic tribal charm and modern luxury. One can opt to stay at beautiful Pool Huts, Safari Huts, or Pool Reserves here. Here, guests also get the opportunity to enjoy several amenities like a reading room, riverside dining, and an expansive Infinity Pool. Also, the resort provides wildlife safaris, coracle rides, and night trails. The stay price starts from INR 32, 000 to 38, 000 per night.