We went to Kabini last week of June, 2014. It already started raining. But let me start with the journey from Bangalore, it's around 250 km, took little more than six hours. last 20 km road is bad, it may take around 30-40 minutes.
The property is on the bank of river Kabini, on the other side of Nagarhole National Park. Theme of the resort is wild life and tribal lifestyle. Cottages and villas have thatched roofs covered with hays. Depending on categories, each cottages/villas has jacuzi/lilly pool.
Service is prompt and of great quality, check in, check out and any thing whatever was requested. Food is interesting. Buffet spread includes normal Indian, both south and north, continental, interesting addition is local organic cuisine. Food is tasty, we enjoyed it.
Group of naturalists are extremely knowledgable and friendly - we interacted with Venkat and Shammugam and Praveen(?). They're always helpful. We've gained lots of knowledge by interacting with them. There are two types of safaris, one can undertake; boat and vehicle, we went for vehicle safari. It was a great experience.
There are also other activities, which one can undertake - sunset cruise, coracle ride etc.
It's advisable to explore the property as it's very big, full of birds and trees. There are sevral lounges and reading rooms which provide quite ambience.
This place is more sort of speciality eco friendly hotel, not providing normal week end entertainment. One needs to remember, there is no activities outside the hotel except safari.
It's a great value for money spent, which is in any standard is on higher side, compared to standard hotel rates. However, in my opinion, it's money well spent.
Certain interesting points to remember - room service food is costlier than compared to restaurant price. This is primarily to encourage guests to have food at restaurant, which are included in the package. However, they do serve in the room under exceptional circumstances. Bar items are costly. Small eats and cold drinks kept in the room are included in the package. Each room is fitted with a RO unit for drinking water. We liked the concept of French Press unit in the room - can enjoy filter coffee in the room quickly. There are cultural programme and a documentary film show in the evening, which are quite informative. If someone is fond of safaris and nature walk, three nights stay is advisable.
In short, we enjoyed and will always have intention to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Orange County’s 'Spirit of the Land' philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini. While you are cradled in the lap of luxury, the resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other, and enjoins you to be part of the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. Steeped in local culture, and inspired in design by the Hadis (tribal villages), this picturesque resort is bordered on two sides by Kabini River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orange County, Kabini Hotel Nagarhole
- Orange County Kabini Mysore