Vanya – Gift Shop

Vanya, the gift shop at Waterwoods Lodge, Kabini, is an exclusive boutique of eco-sensitive products and handwork that support the local communities – the tribals and the wildlife of the Nilgiri Biosphere. Products featured here are mainly from WWF and the Mariamma Charitable Trust, both of whom do extensive conservation work in Nagarhole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves. WWF currently organises the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programme in nine schools in the Kabini area; whereas the Mariamma Charitable Trust focuses on reducing man-animal conflict in the peripheries of the Tiger Reserves. The focus of the Trust is to protect wildlife that stray into habituated areas and are in danger of being killed by humans out of fear or in retaliation for loss of livestock. The Trust has organised a rapid response system to compensate farmers who lose livestock to wildlife, so that they do not harm the endangered wildlife – mainly the big cats.


Vanya also showcases and promotes the work of young wildlife artists from other Tiger reserves like Ranthambore and Bandavgarh. In turn, these artists conduct annual competitions and training programs in the rural schools around the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve.


Products on sale at Vanya include:
* Wildlife art in water colours, acrylic and oil on canvas.
* Wildlife themed clothes and accessories
* Animal guides
* Cottage/hand-made textiles
* Tribal honey, and
* Other cottage souvenirs

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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.