Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Karnataka, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape, a large picturesque lake and fantastic sightings of large herds of elephants. Situated on the banks of River Kabini, this forest reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland and water bodies.

Once a private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini was also a popular hunting spot frequented by the British viceroys and Indian royalty. Now it is considered to be one of the best wildlife spotting areas in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life. It is home to the Asian elephant. Wildlife safaris are conducted twice a day in jeeps along pre-designated routes. During early morning safari you get to see animals and evening safari is the best time to spot leopards.

Boating is a very popular activity. There are motorboat rides twice a day on the lake to enable tourists to spot wildlife. You can spot aquatic birds, crocodiles basking on the banks, sambar at the edge of the water. Sometimes you also get a chance to see tuskers feeding on tender bamboo shoots.

They also have bamboo rafts, pedal boats, kayaks and rowboats on the lake for you to enjoy the evening sunset.

Bird watching: If you are an ardent birdwatcher, Kabini is the place to be. There are over 350 species of birds identified here. The riverine habitat surrounded by forests, provides ample opportunities for bird watching.

You will be able to spot grey-headed fish eagles, ospreys and nestling sites of great cormorants on the dry stumps of trees. Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar lark, Malabar trogon, Indian pitta is the main species to look out for during guided nature walks.

Orange County - Kabini

Orange County Resorts is an experiential holiday company that owns luxury resorts at Kabini & Coorg, and an upcoming resort in the beautiful World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka, India.

The Kabini region is sandwiched between the Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks, in the heart of the 5500 sq km Nilgiri Biosphere and is one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world. The Nagarhole ecosystem supports the highest density of herbivores anywhere in Asia with a density of around 108 animals per sq km.

In addition to large herbivores such as the Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Asian Elephant and more, Nagarhole National Park also boasts a large number of predators including the Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dog. On the Vehicle Safari, Guests could get lucky and spot many of these species or indulge in some really captivating bird watching, with over 300 species of birds recorded in the region.

The Boat Safari takes guests upstream from the resort on the Kabini River to where the river itself separates the Nagarhole National Park from the Bandipur National Park. Depending on the time of year one can see large congregations of Asiatic elephants on the banks of the Kabini.

Orange County’s 'Spirit of the Land' philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini. Steeped in local lore and culture, and inspired in design by the ‘Kadu Kuruba Hadis’ (local tribal villages), this picturesque resort of sweeping panoramic vistas is bordered on two sides by the Kabini river.

While the interiors of the intimate Pool and Jacuzzi huts are a celebration of the vernacular, with ethnic furniture, tribal furnishing and bottle gourd lamp shades, the exteriors capture the richness of the landscape and culture.

The Kabini region, surrounded by the Bandipur, Nagarahole and Wayanad wildlife sanctuaries, is one of the richest wildlife habitats in India. Among others, it is home to the Gaur, Sambar and Sloth Bear and the largest congregation of Asian Elephants. The high density of herbivores turns this region into one of the few places in Asia where three large predators i.e., the Tiger, Leopard and the Wild Dog, coexist in large numbers.

Orange County, Kabini is among the ‘25 World's Best Ecolodges’ for 2013 by the National Geographic Traveler.

Orange County, Kabini was awarded the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ Certificate in 2015 for winning the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)

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