Bangalore to Kabini Road trip– Weekend trips are many but only a few get connected to your soul. That was how we felt about our road trip from Bangalore & our stay in the Bison Resort, Karnataka.
Read out our story and experience on Bangalore to Kabini road trip. Do not forget to add your comment or question you have below.
KABINI- NOT JUST A PLACE
Kabini is a tributary of River Cauvery which originates in Kerela, flows through Karnataka.
The place is well known for its location as it divides the two National Parks, Nagarhole, and Bandipur and is also easily accessible from Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, etc. Kabini has a dam as well.
BANGALORE TO KABINI- HOW & WHEN
Planning for Kabini
It is an ideal destination for 1 or 2 nights. One can visit Kabini all around the year.
- Summer – Sighting of animals is better, the water level in the river is less
- Monsoons – Animal sighting not so good, the water level in the river is high
- Winters- Chances of animal sighting better, water level too is moderate
Our latest trip was Bangalore to Kabini in July 2019. We planned for Kabini during monsoons because our purpose was to relax and lay back.
WHY THE BISON RESORT:-
When you think of Kabini, you can find very limited but good and luxurious resorts. We chose The Bison because we find it closer to nature, simple yet luxurious, and not too big/huge which gives the visitors a more personal touch. They have tried to use all the natural material wherever possible, thus minimizing the concrete.
The Bison, Kabini is situated on the banks of the river Kabini and providing you a spectacular view of both Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park.
Our excitement had no boundaries when we just entered the resort. The resort as I mentioned earlier is beautifully designed with as much natural material as possible. Its entry is from the state highway is from a village and farmlands.
As we enter we have a large reception, further inside there is a library, a seating area, and a dining area as well.
BISON KABINI REVIEW
The swimming pool welcomes you with a view where you can soak yourself and enjoy the river in front of you. Apart from this, there is also a large covered deck where you can laze around. They also have indoor games for kids and a pool table for adults to enjoy. Bison also offers 4 to 5 types of room accommodations to choose from.
They also organize a coracle rides, a sundowner( evening tea and snacks near to the riverside), and an early guided morning village walk where you can visit the nearby villages and get to know more about them.
They also have a small sanctuary for the abandoned horses and ponies. As far as the safaris are concerned we have 2 types of safaris
- Boat Safari – where the boat takes you for a ride in the river and you can see the animals which come to the river banks to drink water.
- Jeep Safari- takes you inside the national park from where you can have a closer look at the animals.
Both the safaris take place in the morning as well as in the evening. The duration is around 3 hrs and the price around Rs 1800/- pp.
BANGALORE TO KABINI ROUTE
We started at 6.15 AM in the morning as Kabini is approximately 225 Kms from Bangalore. We took the Bangalore-Mandya-Mysore-Kabini route.
Lots of widening work are going on in the Highway. You also get lots of options for breakfast en route as it’s a very busy highway. We also stopped for the mouthwatering south Indian breakfast.
We reached Mandya at around 9.45 and soon bypassed Mysore. As soon as we took the state highway to Kabini, everything around us becomes scenic. Because of monsoons, the sky above was grey and farmlands below were green so it was very beautiful.
REACHING BISON KABINI
After enjoying the drive we reached the resort at around 1 PM. As we settled ourselves in our rooms, we were given a brief introduction about the property and the National Park around. After having our lunch and kids headed straight to the pool.
We could not do a coracle ride because it was very windy. The evening was best enjoyed with a bonfire. Next morning we went for a nature walk to the nearby village.
Later in the morning we took our car closer to the riverside and enjoyed the scenic view from there. We started late in the afternoon and reach Bangalore around 9 PM. I recommend you to explore Nagarhole National Park, and experience the forest safari
The Bison Resort, Kabini. For further details, you can visit http://thebisonresort.com/. Also, you can reach the manager # Ms. Vaishnavi at 8296601455.
Kabini has very limited stays options and hence I recommend you to book much in advance, else you can search your Kabini stay with booking.com
A must and an ideal gateway to enjoy wildlife, photography, scenic beauty, and relaxation.
Some do’s and don’t to be remember
- Wear casual clothes with shoes as you are in a wildlife area.
- Take care of kids or elderly people while on a safari.
- Be very attentive because you never know when and where you will encounter animals.
- Do carry mosquito repellants, torches, and other few essentials with you.
- Coracle/boat ride is subjective to weather conditions.
- Eating joints and public conveniences are not available on State Highway leading to Kabini.
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