NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

From $450 AUD per person/twin share. Price varies due to season.

Named after the River Kabini, the River Kabini Lodge beckons with the promise of elephants, gaur, deer and a rumour of tiger. Located on the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) , this former hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore was rated as One of the Top 5 Wildlife Resorts in the World by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide. A sprawling colonial estate in the heart of elephant country, the River Kabini Lodge echoes with the call of the wild.

Imagine waking at the crack of dawn and setting forth for the experience of your life. Witnessing the wild rousing from its slumber is a life changing experience. The forests of the Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) abound in herds of elephant, sambar and spotted deer, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur and the occasional tiger and panther. It’s not for nothing that the locale of this resort was once the Maharaja’s favourite hunting ground.

Located by the banks of the River Kabini, this 54-acre property spells idyllic charms and countless pleasant surprises. The former hunting lodge that’s been converted, speak of erstwhile elegance and comes with comforts like charming accommodation and a well-stocked bar.

The wild has its charms and traditions. Here you’re not a tourist, but an explorer; an adventurer. Meals, being a opportunity for explorers to share their stories and wild rendezvous, are group affairs. That’s why the Gol Ghar, our river-facing gazebo dining area serves meals at set times. The buffet serves Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine.
A morning and evening jeep safari or even a boat ride down the River Kabini rewards you with sightings of herds of elephants, crocodiles sunning themselves and many hued birds flitting in and out of the forest’s green canopy. For a touch of rustic, opt for the traditional coracle, made from bamboo and buffalo hide or go for the regular motorboat. Unwind with a wildlife movie in the audio-visual hall and then bring the day to a grand close with barbecue by a campfire.

The River Kabini Lodge with its colonial styled accommodation facilities recreates a time bygone. Rooms that transport you to the Rajah’s era, quaint cottages, maharaja cottages and tented cottages with modern bath facilities sum up the accommodation facilities at River Kabini Lodge. The capacity to host just over 68 guests at a time and the absence of TV and A/C in our rooms keep this property true to what it stands for – a place to get closer to nature.

The River Kabini Lodge is a great place to visit any time of the year. But during the sweltering months of March, April and May, the pools and springs in the forest dry up, bringing the animals to the banks of the River Kabini. Here you get to see the largest congregation of Asiatic Elephants in the wild. The monsoons (July, August and September) has the trees lush and thick, but promise fewer animal sightings. The other months promise a fair chance of animal and bird sightings.

Day One – 12.30 Noon

Check in at noon. Settle down and freshen up

01.30 PM – 03.00 PM
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the Gol Ghar

03.00 PM – 03.30 PM
Gear up for a ride into the Park with tea/ coffee served at the Gol Ghar

03.30 PM – 06.15 PM
Our naturalists take you on a wildlife Safari in Vehicle or Boat safari into the Nagarhole National Park, showing & sharing their experiences and information about the jungle and all the animals that live there

06:30 PM
Tea/ coffee served at the Gol Ghar

07.45 PM
Watch a wildlife movie at the Viceroy’s building

08.30 PM – 10.00 PM
Bask in the warmth of the campfire, while you dine in the Gol Ghar, exchanging tales of the jungle with the other guests and staff

Day Two – 06.00 AM – 06.30 AM
Wake up to a hot early morning cup of tea/coffee

06.30 AM – 09.15 AM
Cruise through the serene backwaters of the River Kabini on a motor boat viewing sleepy crocodiles and chirpy birds, intent on their morning catch. View a variety of wildlife, especially the elephants, coming to the river for bath or a drink. Alternatively, you can go on a jeep safari to sight the animals, which means you can have the boat ride the evening before.

10.00 AM
Your stay at Kabini is not over yet. A hearty brunch is what awaits you after your sojourn in the wild.

11.00 AM
Time to check out and start our journey back to Mysore.

Important Information

Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers. You will be asked to provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip. If you wish for us to arrange your insurance, you can request this on the next step.

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