Ten-Second Takeaway

Tread on the wild side at Kaav, an eco-friendly safari lodge located at the heart of the Kabini forest. Plus, the lodge scores brownie points for its sustainable practices.

Into The Jungle

kaav safari lodge at kabini

Source: KAAV Safari Lodge

Bordering the lush Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, is Kaav, a posh safari lodge that is as breathtaking as the thick forests that surround it. By no means is Kaav sprawling, but that’s on purpose. The folks behind the getaway want you to have an intimate experience without unsettling the flora and fauna that surrounds. However, do note, Kaav does not allow kids below 10 years. 

At Kaav, you can choose from four rooms that come fitted with private decks. Or pick one of two tents that have their own balconies. The rooms are all about contemporary design but they feature pieces and elements that remind you of the forest that’s just beyond. You can spend hours just lounging about and peeking at the sights of the forest from the comfort of your pristinely-kept room. If you’d like a change in scenery, you can head out to the calm waters of the pool that are circled by graceful trees.

Eat And Sustain

When the tummy rumbles, you can stop at the al fresco dining area and pick from a menu that features everything from Indian to Italian and Persian {the meals are part of the package, by the way}. The lodge also hosts barbecues on request. If you are looking for a luxury-laced experience that is also environmentally sustainable, then, there’s no place like Kaav. The resort relies on renewable energy and is committed to recharging the groundwater that’s used. The kitchen waste too is converted to bio gas for cooking.

What To Do

You can venture out for land and water safaris in the morning and the evening. Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere, Nagarhole is a diverse forest reserve in terms of fauna. Asiatic elephants, leopards, tigers, hyenas, and sloth bears can be sighted. Herbivores like spotted deer, gaurs, antelopes and barking deer also roam the forests. Cycling, nature walks, and coracle rides are part of the itinerary too. If you have a fascination for winged creatures, then carry a pair of binoculars and train your eyes towards the sky.