Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve was established in Sept 1986 by UNESCO and was declared a World Heritage site in 2012. It was the first biosphere reserve of India and there are only 34 such Bio diversity Hot Spots in the world! The reserve encompasses 4 tiger reserves, 2 national parks and 1 wildlife sanctuary covering 3 states with an area over 5,500 that includes


1. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
2. Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka
3. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
4. Mukurthi National Park, Tamil Nadu
5. Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
6. Silent Valley National Park, Kerala
7. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

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As stakeholders in the area, we are proud to state that the Niligiri Biosphere has the largest population of wild tigers and Asian elephants in the world! With an estimated 570 tigers (2014 census) and 6,500 elephants this hotspot is also home to a large number of Indian Bison (Gaur) and a variety of other animals, reptiles and birds.


Waterwoods Lodge is situated in the heart of the Nilgiri Biosphere on the banks of the Kabini reservoir that separates Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks. Kabini is situated 225KM from Bangalore & 75KM from Mysore and has good road access ~ making the drive an excellent getaway from Bangalore and Mysore. The 642 sq km Nagarahole Park is home to a large population of Asiatic elephants and tigers; leopards and deer; Gaur, Langurs, Red Wild Dogs, sloth bear, intricate insects, reptiles and many more.

Over 250 bird species nest here, including terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey. Exotic and the endangered species like the Malabar Pied Hornbill and the Crested Hawk Eagle are also spotted here. The backwaters shelter large crocodiles, playful otters and a variety of freshwater fish.


All these exotic flora and fauna can be spotted on Road and Boat safaris that are conducted by the Karnataka Forest Department which can be arranged during your stay at Waterwoods on prior reservation. Both safaris are conducted twice daily
(6.30 am & 3.30 pm).

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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.