Outing at Kabini Jungle river lodge resorts was rocking. I am still in the relaxing mode after a great time we had in the forests around Kabini river. My experience at this forest resort has been mesmerizing and will be cherished for a long time. I will share all possible highlights of this trip from beginning to end in this article. So, buy yourself a bit of time to go through this post and by the time you are going to finish reading this post, you would surely make up your mind to visit this place at the earliest.
It all started as planned on the friday morning. I had to wake up a couple of folks to get ready as early as 5 am in the morning, Pulkit was one of them! He couldn’t belive he was getting up so early in the morning when the night darkeness was still intact. Most of my collegues got in to the Greenline bus from office premises by 6 am while few were picked up on the way towards mysore road. I was one among the five people who got into bus last as there were no more folks to get in after us. We were a group of 24 people in all. We managed to get out of city limits by 7:15am to get rid of the city traffic in the normal morning hours. Fun quotient kicked off as everyone got engrossed into Antakshari and dumb charades by forming groups among us. Stopped for breakfast at Kamat’s “Lokaruchi” adjacent to ‘Janapada Loka’. After getting energized the fun continued for rest of the journey. Though the distance is supposed to be 220 kms from bangalore to the resort, we missed the route near kabini water reservoir. Reached a place called ‘Brahma giri’, which is on the other side of the kabini river bank. We got to know about this when we called up the resort. So, we started our journey backwards to reach the right spot to get into the correct route. It was good to travel through the farming land on either side of the road. It was a feast to watch the greenery and natural colors all over.
A bit of advise for the readers… be careful to take right deviation after a place called ‘Hand Post’ where in you get to see a tiny board that directs you to take deviation from that point to reach Kabini River Lodge. From this place the Kabini Water Reservoir is about 10kms. If you don’t divert to the road towards right side, you will end up going towards Kabini dam and if you head further, you will reach ‘Orange County’ resort. One should take the right diversion road after Hand Post town towards Karapura, to reach Kabini Jungle River Lodge resort which is owned and operated by Government of Karnataka.
Again we faulted in taking the right route as there was a diversion due to road under some kind of maintenance. I was the culprit this time as I missed to read the right directions and got into a road that goes through the jungle which leads to Kerala. The road that we took was so bad, it was full of pot holes and it was certainly painful for the driver to go through those roads. He must have cursed me a lot, however rest of us enjoyed the forest and we were able to spot a couple of spotted deers and langoors on our way. We reached the resort around 2:40 pm against the actual plan of 12 pm. The manager of the premises was there to welcome us. He greeted us and I got busy in signing through the checkin registers and collecting the cottage allotment plant. Soon after that he took us through the resort map and planned programme for rest of the stay in resort. All of us were so hungry, we spent hardly any time to take a look at our cottage allotments as we headed towards Gol Ghal for lunch. I shall continue the rest of the story about the accomodation, forest safari and boating experience in my next article as I am feeling sleepy…