Kabini River Lodge, Nagarhole

An Ancient Hunting Spot Turned Into An Exotic Wildlife Reserve

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Kabini River Lodge - Nestled in the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park, Kabini River Lodge is a perfect gateway for nature and wildlife lovers. The breathtaking locale on the banks of the tranquil backwaters of River Kabini creates an ideal setting for a great and refreshing vacation.

Located amongst lush green and the serene river, Kabini River Lodge will lure your senses, promising a holiday experience that you will always cherish. Once hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini river lodge is among the top five wildlife resorts in the world, as per the British Tatler Travel Guide (1995).

Once there was a Maharaja in Mysore who loved the outdoors. His kingdom eventually spread over beautiful countryside, jungles teeming with wildlife. The flowing river kept everything lush and green and flourishing. And he loved the environs so much that he built a hunting lodge by the banks of Kabini, a tributary of the Kaveri. His guests and travelers from all over the world stayed there.

Thus, Kabini became quite popular. It also became the headquarters of the world famous kheddah (the corralling of wild elephants for domestication in the Royal stables and for agriculture, held every three or four years by the Maharaja and his descendants till 1971). Even today the lush forest around Kabini remains unspoilt. People still come from all over the world to enjoy its richness and diversity of its flora and fauna.

Kabini River Lodge offers you a great vacation amid nature all through the year. During the dry season (Feb, March and April), most of the elephants of the surrounding forests converge at Kabini exhibiting one of the world’s largest congregations of Asiatic wild elephants. The rainy season (July, August and September) is the ideal time to enjoy lush greenery there.

Knowing wildlife can’t get more exciting than this. All you need to do is to start for a safari on jeeps /vans into the famed Nagarahole National Park .A boat ride on the River Kabini will take you closer to wild animals gathering on the banks in the evening. The morning jungle ride includes a coracle ride to watch birds and a brief elephant ride at the Sunkadakatte Elephnat Camp. You can spend the evening watching movies on wildlife in the audio-visual hall. A campfire at the Ghol Ghor in the night will keep your excitement going till you retire to bed.

Apart from a natural wildlife habitat, Kabini River Lodge is the ideal location for important seminars, meetings or conference. The large room in the Viceroy’s bungalow makes it an ideal venue for uninterrupted business meetings in a natural ambience. The meet can be scheduled between 9.00am and 4.00 pm and followed by a wildlife tour. Along with the conference room, the Viceroy’s building also has a well equipped bar.

If you want to enjoy a truly worthwhile wildlife experience, plan a two or three night’s stay at the Kabini River Lodge. You can plan a longer holiday as well.

Day-1 Day-2
12 Noon Check-in 06.00am Wake-Up Call, Tea/Coffee
01.30 pm Buffet Lunch 06.30 am Drive into the Park,Coracle boat ride on River Kabini and elephant ride(Subject to availability)
03.30 pm Tea/Coffee With Safari Briefing 09.30 am Breakfast At The Gol-Ghar
04.00 pm Drive Into The Nagarahole National Park 11.00 am Check-Out
07.45 pm Wild Life Film Show - -
08.30 pm Buffet Dinner Around Camp-Fire At The ‘Gol Ghar’ - -
  • Bangalore (220km)
  • Mysore (80km)
  • Ooty (180km)
  • Calicut (160km)
  • Wild Safari
  • Nature Trail Walk
  • Coracle Ride
  • Wildlife Film Show
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Cruise
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Elephant Ride (Subject to availability)


  Valid from 1st Sept. 2018 ( INR )
Accomodation Weekday Weekend
Tented Cottage 9350.00 10270.00
Room East Bangalow 10195.00 11210.00
Room 11200.00 12330.00
Cottage 13220.00 14570.00
Maharaja Cottage 14230.00 15690.00
Dormitory* 5360.00


*Jungle Safari (Dorm) - 1652 INR.
Package Includes: Stay, Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast, Jeep safari into Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park x 2, Coracle Ride, Elephant Ride (Subject to availability), Forest Entry Fees, Camera Fees & Taxes.
  • Tariffs are per person per night on twin-sharing basis.
  • Transfers to & from our resorts are not included in the tariff.
  • Single occupancy charge at 30% of the tariff per night.
  • Tariff for Children (accompanying parents) between 5 and 12 years is 50%.
  • Seasonal hike in tariff for the following period :
    » 12th to 21st Oct 2018

    » 1st to 11th Nov 2018

    » 21st to 31st Dec 2018

The hotel offers a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. An Internet point is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Swimming Pool
  • Childcare
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Courtyard Garden
  • Grill / Barbecue
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Living
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Spa Services on site
  • Hair Dryer
  • Conference Room
  • Reception Safe
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Room Service
  • Playground

  • Climate control
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Minibar
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Satellite TV service
  • Electronic/magnetic keys

Kabini is surprisingly accessible. Located 5 km off the Mysore-Mananthavadi Road, it's only a few hours away from Mysore and Bangalore.

Options From Bangalore To Kabini :
  • If you are travelling by your own car, all you have to do is reach Mysore and then follow the detailed route sketches. Incidentally, your driver can stay free of cost at our comfortable dormitory.
  • You can hire a taxi for the to and fro journey, including a night halt at Kabini.
  • Another alternative is to take a train ride of 2 - 2 1/2 hours from Bangalore City to Mysore, and from there proceed by car/bus to Kabini.
Mysore To Kabini :
  • If you're arriving by train, arrange for a taxi to meet you at the station for your onward journey to Kabini.
  • Those setting out from Ooty can follow the Bandipur, Gundlupet, Begur, Nugu Dam & Hand Post Circle for a shorter albeit bumpy route, or come via Mysore, which is a better road.
  • Guests from Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Hyderabad, Madras etc., can arrive via Bangalore.
  • Guests from Trivandrum, Cochin & Calicut can come via Mananthavadi, along the Mysore Mananthavadi road.
  • Guests from Mangalore & Madikeri could come via Hunsur, H.D. Kote and Hand Post Circle.

  • Tariffs are per person per night on twin-sharing basis.
  • Transfers to & from our resorts are not included in the tariff.
  • Single occupancy charge at 30% of the tariff per night.
  • Tariff for Children (accompanying parents) between 5 and 12 years is 50%.
4.5 out of 5
100% of guests recommend
Ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

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Ursula Wolnik / Eva
from Germany - Bavaria

for Everyone
Great Experience
Posted Sept 10, 2014

We liked our stay in Old Magazine House. We had great experience, Bird watching, Rafting, Relaxing, Boat Ride etc. Food and service were very good. People there are kindly and helpful. We got lots of information about animals and nature.

  • 4.5
  • 3.8
  • 4.2
  • 5.0
  • 4.6
  • 4.8
from Bangalore, India

for Everyone
Great Experience
Posted Sept 10, 2014

STAY & FOOD Was really good. It was maintained really well with good service and co-operation from the staffs but the numbers of accommodations are less. Probably we would return in next few months to experience much better with long duration of stay and find more luxurious stay next time.

  • 4.5
  • 3.8
  • 4.2
  • 5.0
  • 4.6
  • 4.8
Sreejit C
from Vidyanagar, Hubli

for Everyone
Great Experience
Posted Sept 10, 2014

Fantastic experience very good hospitality.A nice get away spend time with your loved only in nature lap.

  • 4.5
  • 3.8
  • 4.2
  • 5.0
  • 4.6
  • 4.8
  • Irpu Falls, which is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, in the Brahmagiri Mountain Range, is only 37 kilometers away.
  • Cruise through the coffee estates of Kutta a mere distance of about 7 kilometers from the lodge.
  • Pay your respects at the ancient Rameshwara Temple made of stone. It is pretty close to Lakshmana Tirtha River.
  • Explore the different attractions of Madikeri like the Abbey Falls and Raja’s Seat. All it takes is a 2-hour drive.
  • Tibetan monastery in Kushalnagar about 90 kilometers away is a must-see place. It also gives you an avenue for shopping.
  • Spend an evening filled with fun and games at Kaveri Nisargadhama in Kushalnagar. It will take you a slightly longer than 2-hour drive.
  • Harangi Dam in Kushalnagar is another popular picnic spot.
  • Dubare elephant camp is located 75 km from Nagarahole.
  • Check-in and check-out times at the resort are 12 noon and 11:00 am, respectively.
  • There is no charge for children below 5 years.
  • There are discount schemes for student and corporate groups.

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Great Resort, Enjoyed the site seeing, Adventure activities, bird watching & the service. River Rafting was great. The service staff is good.
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