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About Kabini River
Rich in wildlife, abundant in beauty the Kabini River is one of Karnataka’s most popular spots for ‘getting away from it all’ owing to its easy accessibility from the cities of Mysore and Bangalore. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kabini River are all ideally situated for experiencing the region’s abundant wildlife and natural beauty.
The tempo is turned down a notch here. Congested roads are replaced by the river’s free flowing waters, with just a ‘coracle’ or two to get in your way.
The Kabini Reservoir is particularly rich in wildlife in the summer months, when the waters recede and give way to rich grassy marshlands, teeming with bird and animal life. From herds of elephants to hunting tigers or a skulking crocodile, there is plenty to discover here.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kabini River are all equal parts relaxing and in tune with their local environment.
For total relaxation
- Featuring private balconies and terraces (plus the odd private pool), rooms decorated in muted tones, not to mention the indulgent Omã spa there are plenty of ways to relax at The Serai Kabini.
- Located right on the tranquil waters of the Kabini, Red Earth is a veritable haven and also features a spa. Bliss!
For an eco stay
- Orange County Kabini is not only the most luxurious hotel in the area but also one of the most eco. It boasts natural treatments at its Ayurvedic spa and immersion into the culture of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe.
For an intimate stay
- A homestay come lodge KAAV Safari Lodge allows guests to get to know each other whilst dining under the stars.
For the wildlife
- The Bison Resort is an extremely good value safari camp which is perfectly located for spotting the local wildlife. It's situated on the edge of two National Parks and has an observation deck - perfect for sipping cocktails whilst viewing the animals!
Still not sure which to book? From intimate to eco browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kabini River to start to plan your trip. Alternatively you can widen the net by checking out all of our Karnataka recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Kabini River
The Bison Resort from $72H.D.Kote, Kabini River
A serene safari camp beside the Kabini backwaters and on the confluence of both Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park. A superb location.Swimming Pool - Aquamarine bush poolOutstanding locationViews - Great views from hotelBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
Red Earth 18 rooms from $110Mysuru, Kabini River
If tranquility is what you're after then look no further. On the calm waters of the Kabini surrounded by grassy plains and forest, stay in huts decorated in local art, earthy colours and featuring large bathrooms and a private terrace. Multi cuisine is served at Poshini plus there is a pool and spa.Back to Nature - Located on the peaceful backwaters of the Kabini Dam birdcall is the only sound to disturb you here.Birdwatching - Nagarhole National Park has over 200 species of birds - too many to name!Views - Great views from hotelRemote - Off the beaten track.
Kaav Safari Lodge 4 rooms from $202Mysore, Kabini River
Chic, modern interiors hidden away in a secluded spot on the edge of Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary. Rooms feature design pieces and contemporary palettes. All have state of the art bathrooms and stunning views. A stay at KAAV is an intimate affair and guests can dine together. Enjoy the serene pool.Hideaway - Chic, modern interiors bordering the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary - you will not want to leave.Birdwatching - Hundreds of indigenous and migratory birds can be spotted around the Kabini River.Great walks - Head out with one of the lodge's naturalists for a walk along the river banks.Sights nearby - Bylakuppe Tibetan Monastery is one of the largest in India.
The Serai Kabini 20 rooms from $245Karapura Village, Kabini River
A boutique resort boasting modern interiors in muted colours. Chic bedrooms with kingsize beds are decorated in polished dark woods and exposed stonework. They also feature large bathrooms and private balconies. Wild Grass restaurant serves gourmet food and there are sumptuous treatments at Omã spa.Back to Nature - On the banks of the Kabini River with plenty of wildlife excursions nearby. Get lost in nature.Great walks - Head off on a nature trail with one of the property's informed naturalists.Kayaking - Kayaking on the Kabini River is a great family activity.Sights nearby - Mysore and its temples is a day trip away.
Orange County Kabini 28 rooms from $300Kote, Kabini River
A shining example of eco luxury, Orange County is an award winning lodge overlooking the Kabini River. Thatched cottages feature dreamy four posters, private terraces and stunning bathrooms. There's a sumptuous Ayurvedic spa and romantic dining at Honey Comb - or opt for a private candlelit cruise.Birdwatching - Kabini's knowledgable naturalist will walk and talk you through the regions bird and wildlife.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.