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The Serai, Kabini

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Waterfront Villas
Individual villas by the river. Stone walls, wooden floor, tiled roof - and a private patch of green all around, the Villa interiors are designed with infinite care. Surrounded by Champak trees, relax on a hammock with a view of the gorgeous Kabini, with the hills beyond. The tariff is inclusive of breakfast.
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Breakfast, Guided nature walk, Coracle ride, Documentary on wildlife, Tribal Dance, Night trail
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stay 2 nights and get a 16% discount
stay 3 nights and get 21% discount
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All meals, Guided nature walk, Coracle ride, Documentary on wildlife, Tribal Dance, Night trail
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stay 2 nights and get a 16% discount
stay 3 nights and get 21% discount
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  Getaway Details

The Serai is located in a village called Karapura, 220 kms away from Bangalore, near the Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is adjacent to the Kabini River Lodge property. The resort is strategically located on the banks of the magnificent Kabini River and serves as a wonderful gallery for viewing wildlife.

The Kabini River runs between Bandipur and Nagarahole, two of the richest National Parks at the foothills of the Western Ghats in Southern India. These forests cover around 1500 sq. km (580 sq. miles) and are a mix of tropical moist and dry deciduous types. The region around Kabini river supports tree species like Teak, Mathi, Dindla, Sandalwood, Rosewood and many more along with bamboo and other grasses.

The fauna boasts more than 300 species of birds, including the endemic Malabar Trogon and Malabar Pied Hornbill, the Crested Hawk-eagle as well as an impressive assemblage of herbivores like the Asiatic Elephant, the Gaur (Indian Bison) and the Sambar. This in turn, supports a large and thriving population of predators like the Tiger (incidentally, the Nagarahole region is said to have the highest density of Tigers in India), the Leopard and the Indian Wild Dog.

The backwaters of the Kabini reservoir are now an important perennial water source where one can witness the largest and most spectacular congregations of Asiatic Elephants during peak summers.

The Stay

The Serai Kabini has 8 Waterfront Verandahs, 11 Waterfront Villas and 1 stand-alone private Villa called the Residence, all deliberately placed to afford a clear view of the river. Here again the balance that is The Serai Kabini is clearly manifest. Luxurious, yet natural!

Waterfront Verandahs
Best described as intimate luxury, these tastefully appointed living spaces are packed with quite a few trappings of convenience and comfort. For those who prefer a quick refreshing shower, let the cool sprinkling water revitalize you when you bathe under the separate open sky shower.

Waterfront Villas
Aesthetically designed to resemble forest outposts that blend in with the surrounding vegetation,
wooden-beamed sloping roofs, stone-clad walls and all, these independent, luxuriously appointed cottages come with private sit out overlooking the river.

The Residence
This stand-alone, private villa is at the very edge of the property, reclusive and exclusive at the same time. While the bedroom has its own private sit out and hammock, the living room opens out to the private Jacuzzi.

Huddle (Conference Hall):
Facilities Provided:
Air-conditioned Hall, LCD TV, Projector Screen, Flip Chart, White Board, Writing pads with pencils, Cordless collar and hand mikes, DVD player, PC connectivity, DTH and Tea / coffee / cookies will be served twice a day

Wildlife Library:
If you would like to delve a little deeper into the secrets of the the surrounding forests and eco-system, this is the place to start. With a fine collection of books, films and documentaries, puzzles and board games, it makes for an interesting and intriguing virtual journey into wildlife and history.

Wild Grass - The Restaurant:

As the centerpiece of the resort, the Wild Grass restaurant is where the guests congregate to satiate the cravings of the palate, in a luxurious, comfortable and friendly ambience. And the chefs don

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Spread across Coorg, Mysore and Wayanad districts, the forests of Nagarhole and Kabini are a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. These were the private hunting grounds for the erstwhile royalty of Mysore, British viceroys and Grand Dukes of Russia. A very rich diversity of flora and fauna, some endemic to this region, attracts wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe.

With green carpeted hills, trickling streams, cascading waterfalls and bottomless valleys, Nararhole and Kabini not only paint a pretty picture but are home to a number of species of birds and animals. 
  • Witness the largest congregation of Asian elephants in the world
  • Time to visit: October to May
  • Trek through the forests of Nagarhole
  • Kabini was a popular hunting hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian royalty.
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