Orange County's 'Spirit of the Land' philosophy finds its most intimate expression at Kabini where the casual visitor is drawn into the very bosom of the Nilgiri biosphere.
While you are cradled in the lap of luxury, the Resort manages to give you a wildlife experience like no other, and enjoins you to be part of the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. Steeped in local lore and culture, and inspired in design by the Hadis (tribal villages), this picturesque resort of sweeping panoramic vistas is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River.
Adding comfort to the already beautiful Kabini, Orange County believes that the most luxurious things in the world are peace, tranquility and harmony, and strives to enhance these pillars of their philosophy.
The result is a resort architecture that has a tribal 'kadu kuruba' leitmotif, where each of the guest huts bespeaks a happy marriage of traditional craft and modern luxury. From the outside, the dwellings subtly incorporate the colours and textures of the landscape in every detail; while within, the sumptuous interiors reflect a vernacular sensitivity that goes beyond mere lip service. From the ethnic furniture and luxury fittings, through the tribal patterned furnishings and drapery, to the little touches like the 'bottle gourd' lamp shades, the sum of the parts is a harmonious whole.
Orange County comes with all the facilities you'd expect in a world class luxury resort ... and then some more. A scenic Reading Lounge, a traditional Ayurvedic Spa and the timeless Infinity Pool are designed to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. The other facilities include a board room and and a well stocked bar.
When you step out, we'll help you forget the world you've come from, with a scenic Reading Lounge where you can put up your feet, and lose yourself in any of our coffee table books on wildlife. For a relaxed course on understanding timelessness, spend a few hours in our Infinity Pool, located at the lake's edge.
The fine dining restaurant 'Honey Comb', named after the honey gathering Jenu (Honey) Kuruba tribe, lays out a platter of the cream of international and regional cuisine
They also boast an Ayurvedic Spa, the Vaidyasala, where age old healing secrets are put to work in ironing out the kinks in your system.
Orange County, Kabini helps you get closer to the spirit of the land by offering a platter full of activities that let you choose your activity level and the degree of separation from the wild. So, whether you'd prefer being a spectator or a participant is left to you. All the activities here have been designed around the uniqueness of the location and the local culture, and afford you the chance to exercise both your mind and body. For a closer understanding of this unique ecosystem, boat and vehicle safaris are offered, with the Naturalists who would be happy to share with you the secrets of the forest and its denizens.
Kabini Elephant Ride
If you wish to get up close and personal with the Asiatic Elephant, they could arrange an introduction, and if man and mammal are so inclined, a ride along the river bank.
Coracle Ride Kabini River
Or if you'd rather test the waters yourself, they suggest an enlightening coracle ride down the Kabini river.
And for bird lovers and enthusiasts, they offer a guided birding trip for a worm's eye view of the avian world.
And for culture vultures, there's no better way of assimilating with the natives than by accompanying them on a tribal village visit, to experience first hand the hospitality of the Kurubas.
For those who've come with their kids, they have a Children's Activity Centre with enough games and a daily movie to keep them occupied while you enjoy your privacy.
Everybody needs a sundowner after a day filled with activity and they have a perfect setting for you at the poolside where you can watch the daily drama of the sun setting in all its splendour over a steaming cup of coffee and snacks.
The legend and romance of Kabini plays out in a theatre called Nagarhole, and revolves around a pristine river called Kabini (originally Kapila) that snakes its way through the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, and forms an aqueous boundary with the Bandipur National Park.
Together, this area constitutes the largest contiguous forest cover in this part of the world and is part of the Nilgiri biosphere, the largest in Asia, and home to the largest concentration of herbivores in Asia. And herbivores don't get larger than the Asiatic elephant, whose favourite playground this is. At Nagarhole, one can witness the largest congregation of Asiatic Elephants in the world, and these majestic mammals rule the roost here.
Orange County, Kabini is located near Bheeramballi Village at a distance of 245 Kms from Bangalore by road, via Mysore.
The Routes from important cities in the region are:-
BANGALORE (245 Kms) - Mysore Highway - Ramnagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Srirangapatna - Before reaching Mysore City turn right on to ring road, continue till you meet Mysore - Mananthavaadi Road (Turn right towards Maananthavaadi) -- Hand Post Circle (Continue straight towards Maananthavaadi) - 3 Kms after Hand Post Circle turn left towards Kabini Dam - Beechanahalli Village - Bheeramballi Village - Orange County, Kabini
KOZHIKODE (Recommended 245 Kms) - Vythiri - Kalpetta - Sultanbatheri - Gundulpet (Turn Left towards Mysore) - Begur - (Turn Left towards H.D Kote) - Hand Post Circle - (Turn Left towards Mananthavaadi) - 3 Kms after Hand Post Circle turn left towards Kabini Dam - Beechanahalli Village - Bheeramballi Village - Orange County, Kabini
Kozhikode (Not recommended currently due to bad road conditions - 100 Kms) - Vythiri - Kalpetta - Manathawadi - Bavali - 3 kms before Hand Post circle turn right towards Kabini Dam - Beechanahalli Village - Bheeramballi Village - Orange County, Kabini
ORANGE COUNTY, COORG (120Kms) - Piriyapatna - Hunsur (Enter town and turn right towards H. D. Kote) - H. D. Kote - Hand Post Circle (Turn right towards Mananthavaadi) - 3 Kms after Hand Post Circle turn left towards Kabini Dam - Beechanahalli Village - Bheeramballi Village - Orange County, Kabini