Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 26th September 2011, 00:26   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
smsrini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,003
Thanked: 256 Times
Default Kabini - a Photolouge

Exams over, where do we go for the holidays ?

The past few months have been very busy, for everyone in the family, and a getaway was urgently required. No, I'm not buying the Mahindra Getaway, but am talking of a quick break from the hum drum of life.

It had to be an overnight / weekend break no more than 4-5 hrs of driving time from Bangalore. The unanimous choice was KABINI. Its nearby, great reviews of the place, and Jungle Lodges were able to confirm a booking! YAY!

THE DRIVE:
The drive to Kabini from Bangalore is a straight forward one. Go upto Mysore on SH17 and then onto SH17D towards HDKote.

Mysore-HDKote is a single lane road in very good condition, but a lot of twisties so have to drive carefully.

At HDKote we were told to goto "HAnd Pump Junction" and follow the sign boards of the "The Serai" !! to get to JLR's Kabini River Lodge.

From HDKote upto the entrance of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the road is good with some small bad patches. You turn left at the park entrance to enter a 12kms off roader's SS consisting of potholes, no road, cement roads, dirt road, and broken ashphalt..

Not wanting to pass the opportunity, I started to 'sell' the idea of a 4x4 to my better half..

Me: What road, wish we had bought the 4x4 model.. anyway did you know that Landrover, wohi that Tata bought has a "Terrain Response system" that allows you to control the 4x4 operation electronically. Select "Gravel" and bas, the car sets the suspension, and selects 4H, and you just have to steer!


and the 2012 RangeRover Evoque has Magneride... automatic suspension. You wont feel a bump! Landrover has a 4x4 school where they....

Wife: Have you been spending too much time on TBHP again? when I asked you to check for holiday options ? If that Honda JAZZ can do this road, I'm sure your TATA truck can. toh 4x4 kyon chahiye ?

Me:

the rest of the 12 kms were spent listening to 'Tu toh Awayne Awayne Awayne Awayne lut gaya'..

Name:  DSC_0710.jpg
Views: 3995
Size:  67.4 KB

You see these small fields where the paddy ? is harvested and heaped into quaint mounds like these.
Name:  CSC_0759.jpg
Views: 4311
Size:  87.4 KB

The KAbini River Lodge. Originally a Viceroy and later the Maharaja's hunting bunglow.
Name:  DSC_0740.jpg
Views: 4089
Size:  119.9 KB

Name:  DSC_0741.jpg
Views: 3996
Size:  117.7 KB

the waterfront cottage
Name:  DSC_0750.jpg
Views: 3921
Size:  126.7 KB

with a view

Name:  DSC_0736.jpg
Views: 3882
Size:  137.6 KB

Name:  DSC_0737.jpg
Views: 3857
Size:  137.1 KB

After a quick nap and lunch, we were ready for the evening Safari in this.
Name:  DSC_0746.jpg
Views: 3851
Size:  95.3 KB

Ready for action, I shouted... ELEPHANT!!! on seeing this.

Name:  DSC_0817.jpg
Views: 3830
Size:  95.1 KB

The boatman, laughed out loud! domestic saar! Alli Fence nodi.. ( see the fence around it ?? )..

The Orange County and Waterwoods homestay properties.

Name:  DSC_0820.jpg
Views: 4032
Size:  83.5 KB

Name:  DSC_0816.jpg
Views: 3868
Size:  109.9 KB

Last edited by smsrini : 26th September 2011 at 00:30.
smsrini is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 00:37   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
smsrini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,003
Thanked: 256 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

The boat safari is a unique experience in Kabini. the 2 hr boat ride has a soothing, calming influence on you.. it could be the vast expanse of water, the unspoilt environment, or the magnificient wildlife you can spot here.

Name:  CSC_0977.jpg
Views: 3646
Size:  81.8 KB

Name:  CSC_0952.jpg
Views: 3612
Size:  51.6 KB

Name:  CSC_0953.jpg
Views: 3611
Size:  78.2 KB

Name:  CSC_0963.jpg
Views: 3615
Size:  61.7 KB

Name:  CSC_0964.jpg
Views: 3585
Size:  62.0 KB

Name:  CSC_0982.jpg
Views: 3658
Size:  75.6 KB

Name:  DSC_0864.jpg
Views: 3577
Size:  70.1 KB

Name:  DSC_0868.jpg
Views: 3606
Size:  49.2 KB

Name:  DSC_0892.jpg
Views: 4147
Size:  116.6 KB

Name:  DSC_0899.jpg
Views: 3927
Size:  72.0 KB

Spotting the elephants was the highlight of the boat safari.. we could get as close as 20ft of the giant beasts and observe them..

The next day we took a 4 wheel safari into the Rajiv Gandhi National park in the Nagarhole forest range.

Last edited by smsrini : 26th September 2011 at 00:39.
smsrini is online now   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 07:27   #3
BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Pune, Melbourne
Posts: 637
Thanked: 383 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Good start Srini. Some of the bird snaps have come out really well. Kabini River Lodge looks a very nice place to stay. Can you share the rate details?
C300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 10:17   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
mayankjha1806's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: BLR/Gurgaon
Posts: 2,133
Thanked: 820 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Good pictures, We have never stayed at Kabini River Lodges but passed and stopped there multiple times while going to Bandipur, Masinagudi, and Wayanad, just to enjoy the greenery around the place.

How much did it cost to stay there and how was the food? I remember one of my friend having stayed there but did not ask him these details. A nice weekend getaway from bangalore for sure.
mayankjha1806 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 10:46   #5
Distinguished - BHPian
 
sudev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 3,510
Thanked: 2,385 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

The boat safari is in the evening? What would be best time of the year to do it? Summers would have more viewing of wild life?
sudev is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 11:27   #6
BHPian
 
srikanthpotluri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 369
Thanked: 19 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Hi Srini,

A refreshing start to the day with these amazing pics, can you please post the rates you got? Awaiting for the next days details.
srikanthpotluri is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 12:19   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
smsrini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,003
Thanked: 256 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

The rates for all Jungle Lodges properties is available on their website [Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd]-[Wildlife and Adventure Ecotourism Destination]

There are 5 options to stay at Kabini:

- Jungle Lodges
- The Serai
- Orange County
- Waterwoods
- Bison camp - tented accomodation.

Each has its USP. Orange county and the serai are upmarket Luxury options, whereas JLR is excellent value for money.

Food at JLR is pretty good and wholesome. No 5star fare but hot & tasty. Their service works like clockwork, which is something we really appreciated, both in their Bandipur and Kabini properties.

@sudev: Boat and Jeep Safari are operated both in the morning and evening. Yes, the chances of spotting wildlife is almost double during the summer months, as most of the wildlife will congregate near the water..

However, the full reservoir after the monsoons is a sight to take in, the entire area is lush green adding to the experience.

Nagarhole National park is known for Elephants, Gaur, Leopard, Chital, Wildboar, Langur, wild dogs. No big cats here, other the occassional visitor.

more later..
smsrini is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 16:27   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
mallumowgli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Palakkad/Coimbatore
Posts: 1,101
Thanked: 704 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Nice set of photos. So was your leopard luck active this time around too? Eagerly looking forward for more
mallumowgli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 16:39   #9
BHPian
 
John's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Secunderabad
Posts: 255
Thanked: 166 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Nice photographs. Brought back memories of my last trip. We stayed in the Forest Bungalow in Sunkadakatte and drove around the forest. Spotted elephants, gaur, bear, and lots of chital. The bungalow is a great place to stay. For those who are interested it can be booked through Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mangalore

Last edited by John : 26th September 2011 at 16:43.
John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th September 2011, 17:51   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
sachinj12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,188
Thanked: 161 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Nice pics of the birds! You visited at the right time. After monsoon is the time to visit reservoirs. What Camera gear?
sachinj12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th September 2011, 00:10   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
smsrini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,003
Thanked: 256 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Some more birds spotted during the boat safari.
Name:  DSC_0877.jpg
Views: 3169
Size:  101.4 KB

Name:  DSC_0884.jpg
Views: 3168
Size:  61.2 KB

Name:  DSC_0904.jpg
Views: 3160
Size:  87.8 KB

Name:  DSC_0950.jpg
Views: 3158
Size:  64.7 KB

Name:  DSC_0930.jpg
Views: 3144
Size:  90.8 KB

and a family of langurs..

Name:  DSC_0872.jpg
Views: 3178
Size:  134.8 KB


Next morning, we were up and ready by 6:00am for the jeep safari. We assemble at the Gol Ghar, and are allotted to jeeps.

This was our ride for the safari.
Name:  DSC_0991.jpg
Views: 4010
Size:  109.8 KB

While we waited for the other people to gather, we saw one of the most amazing sunrise..

Name:  DSC_0990.jpg
Views: 3267
Size:  78.1 KB

We head into the Rajiv Gandhi National park, and enroute spot this very quaint machan in a field.

Name:  DSC_0992.jpg
Views: 3587
Size:  142.5 KB

As we enter the park, we're greeted by a family of Chital.

Name:  DSC_0997.jpg
Views: 3134
Size:  83.0 KB

Name:  DSC_0998.jpg
Views: 3110
Size:  117.6 KB

Name:  DSC_1007.jpg
Views: 3149
Size:  108.2 KB

Name:  DSC_1004.jpg
Views: 3105
Size:  96.5 KB

A wild boar..
Name:  DSC_1008.jpg
Views: 3187
Size:  93.1 KB

and a pack of wild dogs..
Name:  DSC_1015.jpg
Views: 3123
Size:  114.6 KB
Name:  DSC_1016.jpg
Views: 3097
Size:  121.3 KB

We also spotted the crested serpent eagle. What a majestic bird!
Name:  CSC_1024.jpg
Views: 3200
Size:  117.3 KB
Name:  CSC_1025.jpg
Views: 3153
Size:  98.0 KB


We could not spot the elusive leopard unfortunately, as he decided to visit the other side of the forest, to meet up with his friends...

However we were rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenes nature could offer..
Name:  DSC_1012.jpg
Views: 3086
Size:  131.4 KB

Name:  DSC_1014.jpg
Views: 3077
Size:  100.0 KB
smsrini is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27th September 2011, 00:23   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
smsrini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,003
Thanked: 256 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Now how can a TBHP-ian spot only animals and birds on a wildlife safari ?

An Innova that thinks its a water buffalo
Name:  DSC_0813.jpg
Views: 3235
Size:  96.0 KB

A Gypsy taking some homosapiens for a ride, wondering can I go amphibious ?
Name:  DSC_0942.jpg
Views: 3066
Size:  102.9 KB


Finally, some experiments with Macros, courtesy the photography class I attended in the office a day before going to Kabini..

Name:  DSC_0807.jpg
Views: 3079
Size:  88.4 KB

Name:  DSC_0808.jpg
Views: 3071
Size:  70.0 KB


And finally a parting shot of the Kabini reservoir valley!
Name:  DSC_1027.jpg
Views: 3186
Size:  85.6 KB

Hope you enjoyed the ride, as much as I did, taking you on one!

cheers!
smsrini is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27th September 2011, 00:38   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
smsrini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,003
Thanked: 256 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

@sachinj12: I use a Nikon D3100 with 18-55 kit lens and a nikkor 55-300mm zoom..
smsrini is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27th September 2011, 09:48   #14
BHPian
 
kvish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 598
Thanked: 135 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

One place that makes you want to go over and over again! You were very lucky to have Hornbill and wild dog sightings ! Thanks for sharing
kvish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th September 2011, 15:14   #15
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 813
Thanked: 220 Times
Default Re: Kabini - a Photolouge

Good snaps.. No luck with big cats I suppose.. BTW, where could they take the Innova and Gypsy near the water, I am not aware of any spots in Kabini where you can do that (legally)
gadadhar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Photolouge of some trips I did this Vacation. SAHIR.KITTUR Travelogues 30 3rd June 2010 15:29
A Rajasthan Photolouge - Trip down memory Lane Dzire2Travel Travelogues 37 27th May 2010 13:06
A Weekend at Kabini River Back waters Samurai Travelogues 54 12th November 2009 11:13
Need few info about Kabini. kaushik_s Route / Travel Queries 4 3rd October 2007 09:34
Query : Mysore to kabini river lodge route manjubp Route / Travel Queries 2 24th April 2007 13:33


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 12:35.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks