Saturday 3 September 2016

Long weekend in Kabini

This was a long weekend due to school holiday on Friday so we decided to visit Kabini. I had visited this place almost a decade back so it was a right time to do an encore.
We started at 6AM from our home in Bengaluru and were on the way to Kabini. We took the NICE road towards Mysore road.
7:40 AM We reached Kamath Lokaruchi near Ramanagara. We stopped there for an hour for breakfast and then continued for onwards journey. Over the years there has been clear decline in the quality of food at this place. This time around it was the worst. Here is my review of the place.
9:45 AM Got on to Mysore outer ring road and exited it towards the Orange County at 10:00 AM.
The roads become undivided single carriageway once you cross Mysore. The road surface is ok in most places but one suddenly find road segments that have potholes so one has to be always careful.
11:50 AM We reached Orange County resort, the check-in was smooth.
Orange County informed us that there are two types of safaris, the first is a road safari organized by Jungle Lodges and the other is a river safari. We decided to do the road safari first on the same day. We had lunch and relaxed for some time and then we were ready for the safari.
3:30 PM We left for road safari, for this safari we take a boat to reach the other side of Kabini river where Jungle Lodges is located. The vehicles are available there. The safari started at around 4 PM. We went inside the jungle and saw and interesting assortment of animals and birds. Here are some of the pictures from safari.
Giant Squirrel 
Giant Squirrel

Spotted Dear





The road safari we went to goes towards the Nagarhole national park. We were back in the resort by 7:00 PM.
We had opted for the river safari in the morning so we had to get up early and leave. The safari starts by 6:30 AM.
We found river safari more interesting than road safari, primarily because one gets to sample flora and fauna on both sides of the river, one being Bandipur reserve and other Nagarhole national park. Here are some of the sights.


We spend the rest of the day in the resort, it offers many interesting activities, we primarily cycled around the place near the river banks and then called it a night.
We left the resort around 11:30 AM. It was an event less drive and with an hour of stoppage for lunch, we were back home by 5 PM.

The resort, Orange County is great from service and lodging. Only things that really doesn't live up to expectation is the food. Unfortunately at that price, such a sub-par quality of restaurant experience doesn't make sense. Here is my detailed review.

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