Holy, life-giving, the serpentine Kabini (also known as the River Kapila) twists its way through the forests spreading life in its wake; painting a colorful world of flora and fauna. Swelling in the monsoon to enrich the land and receding in summer to turn playground for wildlife, the Kabini is a freshwater source originating in Coorg and Kerala. The river is a lifeline to many villages on her path which finally merges into the Cauvery – one of the largest rivers in southern India. The vast reservoir of the Kabini divides the Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves and becomes a great vantage point to view wildlife as a weekend getaway from Bangalore and Mysore.


Apart from the forests and natural vegetation, the entire length of the Kabini and its backwaters nourish huge tracts of agricultural lands and pastures. A Little upstream from Waterwoods Lodge is the Kabini Dam. The reservoir of the dam and its backwaters are populated with numerous aquatic creatures – including crocodiles, over 250 exotic bird species and a variety of freshwater fish.

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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.