Kaav Safari Lodge, Kabini, Karnataka

A cradle of affordable luxury coloured by the local landscape, KAAV Safari Lodge in Kabini offers the jungle getaway of lifetime, every time. We are a leisurely four-hour drive from Bangalore and poised to bring you untamed luxury at its very best.

The locale that has come to be termed as Kabini sits on the banks of its eponymous reservoir whose river winds its way from Wayanad in Kerala to join the Kaveri in Karnataka.

These shores, flanked by the Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks, are widely regarded as one of the best, most accessible places in the country to sight wildlife.

A boat safari to its periphery turns into a bird-watcher’s paradise with over 250 species resting on the branches that emerge from within the reservoir’s waters – lending this landscape a magical aura.


Come summer, and our dense wildlife population is drawn to the lush meadows on the fringes of the reservoir and its flowing waters.

Forming a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve that spans an area of 5,522 sq. kms across the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, Kabini is home to the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants in the world. With Karnataka boasting of the highest population of tigers in the country, these jungles are every wildlife enthusiasts haven. But that’s nowhere near all you will see on your safaris. The vibrant jungles are teeming with leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs, chital, gaur, spotted dear, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelopes, langurs and bison, to name a few.


As good jungle denizens, we leave only the smallest footprint, finding ways to go back and wipe our tracks clean. An eco-friendly resort that practices sustainable hospitality, we at Kaav, go beyond low-impact tourism. Working in tandem with local communities, we strive to achieve true sustainability with annual plantings of endemic flora to maintain the crucial biodiversity of our home.

The luxury resort uses renewable energy sources wherever possible. Our kitchen waste is digested in a bio gas plant and the naturally-obtained methane is used for all our cooking. We take every care to put in more than we take out by recharging our groundwater tables and engaging a reverse osmosis system that provides potable water at low-energy expenditure. With our eyes to the future, we do our bit everyday so coming generations may also wander wonderstruck under a canopy of trees, enjoying fresh, unpolluted air.



Bright & cosy, our common living room allows you to interact with other guests, make plans for the day ahead or even share tips & experiences. This is where friendships are founded and anecdotes penned.


We love our birdlife just as much as you and have created this space to give you the best possible view for undisturbed birding at Kabini.


Looking out into our verdant property and swimming pool beyond, our dining area is where all our meals are served. Many a wildlife memory is cherished here over home-cooked gourmet fare.


When you need some good, old fashioned water therapy, our meticulously maintained infinity pool will come to your rescue. Unwind, relax and rejuvenate under the swaying branches of your wooded surrounds.


Gourmet marinades and crackling logs. This is our luxury take on a glamping getaway.


As much as we’d like you to forget your gadgets and worries for a while, we understand your need to stay connected. We do however, request that you keep your screen-time down to a minimum.



With experienced rangers in tow, our jungle safaris take you on a guided tour into the forest’s many nooks and crannies. Atop a vehicle designed to give you the best possible views of the wildlife that emerges around you, a wide range of jungle inhabitants come calling. Look out for large herbivores such as elephant, bison, sambar and bonnet macaques. And this is your chance to see one of the predators too. Think tiger, leopard, panther or wild dog. And of course, there are the over 250 species of bird endemic to the region that nest in the foliage.


A trip out on the river has you floating in the midst of two National parks flanking the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. With Nagarhole on one side and Bandipur on the other, their habitants step out onto these banks to quench their thirst. While herds of elephants, deer, bison and even the mighty cats come out for a drink, the reservoir’s most frequent visitors are marsh crocodiles and water birds like herons, kingfishers, cormorants, spot-billed ducks and many more.


With six bicycles readily available, we encourage all our guests to go out and explore the country-side around Kaav. On our simple bikes, riding through jungle roads are as easy as cruising over asphalt. On these trips, you will witness the everyday lives of the local community and take in the unique landscape that is Kabini.


For a quintessential Kabini experience, step on to the small round boats that expertly navigate our reservoir backwaters. Holding tight to these eco-friendly paddle boats, you are taken on a thrilling ride along the very edges the jungle-lined river to meet its wild inhabitants up-close.


Experience nature in its unbridled splendour by taking a guided walk along the periphery of the park or by the banks of the reservoir. Watch your senses come alive as you see butterflies floating around the flowers and eagles soaring the thermals looking for prey. Hear birds chirping in dense tree canopies or just breathe in the fresh air and relax in nature. All you need to embark on this adventure are sturdy shoes, a comfy hat and a pair of binoculars.


Birdwatching in Kabini is a special experience with the wide variety of around 300 species of birds that can be found there. Birders can take a guided nature walk along the edge of the park or a wildlife jeep safari in the forest to observe many of theendemic species such as the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Nilgiri Flycatcher and the Malabar Parakeet while water birds and waders are best seen on a boat safari.


Kayaking, one of the most authentic ways to discover Kabini’s wildlife-abundant reservoir is to hop aboard a row-boat and paddle your way through it. Get up close and personal with indigenous birds that flank the bare branches rising from the water as you gaze surreptiously at the wild inhabitants that stroll across the reservoir’s verdant shore.




Opening out onto views of the picturesque horizon, the four well-appointed rooms at Kaav reflect our ethos of untamed luxury. They are thoughtfully designed to ensure your every comfort while mindful of leaving the nature that surrounds you unblemished.



Amplifying the stunning beauty of the jungle close by, our luxury tents are one of it’s kind in Kabini. Our glamorously appointed rooms leave no stone of luxury unturned in offering you glamping at its very best. They even come with a private deck and open bath tub for a touch of romance to your jungle getaway.

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