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Established in 1999, Waterwoods was the first Private Lodge at Nagarhole National Park. Waterwoods Lodge stands atop a virgin hillock, making the best of both worlds and gives the true Jungle Lodge Experience, while maintaining ~ a fine balance between Leisure, Wildlife & Adventure tourism. The Kabini Reservoir is located between two Southern Indian Tiger Reserves, namely, Nagarhole National Park and more famous Bandipur National Park respectively. Our boutique wildlife lodge has exclusive waterfront access of the Kabini Backwaters and our rooms are designed to bring in the views of Kabini into your private setting.

Our guests are treated to a panoramic view of mist-clad blue skies for most of the year with the Brahmagiri mountain range of the Niligiri Biosphere in the background. Waterwoods offers both Land and Backwater Wildlife Safaris and has a exclusive tie up with Jungle Lodges & Resorts in Kabini. With a host of other indoor and outdoor activities at your disposal, a three day stay in advised for a complete Kabini holiday experience. Waterwoods Kabini is an ideal holiday destination be it for Honeymoon couples, Families with children, or even the Solo traveller exploring the wonders of South India and the Niligiri Biosphere. Waterwoods Lodge, Kabini is also as an ideal weekend getaway option, as it is little over four hours drive from the city of Bangalore and has excellent road accessibility.


Waterwoods Lodge, Kabini stands atop a virgin hillock by the backwaters of the River Kabini in the heart of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Here, in the most active corridor of wildlife movement, time moves with the sun; and activities align with the seasons. The soil nurtures; the air breathes life; and everything is as it should be.

Waterwoods EcoLodge nestles along the banks of the Kabini Backwaters. Peacefully green in the summer months, these waters lap the entire stretch of the resort playing a restoring lullaby. In the rainy days the waters, rich with silt, turn a dappled golden brown. Around these waters life unfolds in perfect natural rhythm, draping the land in raw splendour.

Arjun, Rohan and their like-minded team have preserved for you a precious snatch of life in the wild. Nurturing it as their life’s work, protecting it with an instinctive passion for the overall benefit of wildlife and people of the area. So that you can play, laugh and discover life, as it is, at WaterWoods.

The Kabini winds are a feature at Waterwoods round the year. Open expanses stir breezes that make sunny days pleasant, winter days chilly and rainy days a splashy experience. The seasons at Kabini are always ever changing, making it a unique getaway around Bangalore and Mysore throughout the year.

Out-of-this-world, yet truly as it should be. Shed all your inhibitions and get ready for a jaunt in the wild. Waterwoods has preserved Nature the way it was made so you can experience the excitement, the thrill and the wonder. Practicing Responsible Tourism initiatives in letter and spirit, life here at WaterWoods promises you a few days of unrestraint.


Kabini is an excellent weekend getaway from Bangalore. Waterwoods is an exceptional "Jungle lodge" style Resort in Kabini. This luxury wildlife resort directly overlooks the Kabini backwaters and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The views are spectacular and the service is top quality

Dr. Sunita Reddy

Waterwoods Kabini is one of the best Safari Resorts in Nagarhole and Bandipur Reserves. Kabini is just over 4 hours drive from Bangalore and thus it is a great holiday destination and getaway around Bangalore. We love this place and Waterwoods is our preferred Hotel in Kabini and Nagarhole

Mr. Alwin Jose

Waterwoods Resort Kabini offers excellent accommodation facilities on the banks of the Kabini River. The main attraction is the Wildlife safaris and the Spa services. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Kabini reservoir. This hotel is one of my favourite weekend getaways from Bangalore!

Dr. Satish Chandra

Waterwoods was a really enjoyable experience because it was quiet and exclusive compared to other resorts in Kabini. I believe in the philosophy of a small home style resort run unobtrusively and sustainably without too much of an impact on nature. Waterwoods exemplifies this philosophy. The home styled food was delicious and I appreciate the discreet service offered by the staff.

Ms. Devaki Panin

There are very few Luxury Wildlife Resorts in Nagarhole National Park and Kabini. Waterwoods offers probably the best value amongst the Jungle Lodges & Hotels in the Kabini area. The services are exceptional and the quality of the food is very good. This resort makes for a great holiday destination around Bangalore and Mysore and I really enjoyed my stay at WaterWoods - definitely a highlight of my trip to India

Leigha Quinn, Canada

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Dear Valued Customer & our Esteemed Guests,

The Waterwoods Team is aware on the current Corona virus situation and we support our Indian Government’s initiatives on controlling the spread of the virus. We consider every guest as an extension of the Waterwoods family and their safety and health of their loved ones is of utmost importance to us. We are taking all precautionary measures to keep all our facilities hygienic and are being sanitized daily.

For the month of March 2020, we request all guests showing symptoms of fever, dry cough, body aches related to Covid-19 to kindly consider not to visit Kabini for your vacation / defer your travel plans as a precautionary measure. The management will take up requests on case to case basis and in accordance to our cancellation policies.

Furthermore, as per the guidelines laid out by the Indian Government on Foreign Nationals visiting Karnataka, the Health Ministry has indicated a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travellers, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15. Waterwoods Lodge Kabini will abide by the order of requesting for travel itinerary of any foreign national tourist / domestic international tourist so as to be furnished and presented to the necessary authorities or facilitate medical spot checks from competent authorities.

As per the Government’s directive, the wildlife safaris are suspended till 31st March as both Nagarhole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves are closed down. Entry into the safari zones will not be permitted except on the National Highways during day hours.

Sanitizers would be provided in all common facilities at Waterwoods Lodge and 2 basic masks per couple would be provided on a complimentary basis per room.

Waterwoods Kabini is a fifteen bedroom boutique wildlife & adventure lodge and we offer other exciting seasonal activities such as kayaking, bird watching, sunrise & sunset boat rides, visits to nearby elephant camp & ancient temples. One can end the day with bonfire by the riverside with your loved ones. Our closest neighbors are a distance away and privacy is a luxury to be experienced sensibly.

We invite our esteemed guests to come and enjoy the clean air of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve by the banks of the Kapila river’s Kabini backwaters.