25 things to do at Orange County Resorts Kabini!

During my 3 night/4 days stay in Orange County, Kabini, I got to experience several of their guest activities. These add more value to your vacation and let you learn new things or spend your time meaningfully. Some of these activities are charged extra while rest are complementary to resort guests. I have a quick table below summarizing the activities and some of the activities have been elaborated below the table.
#
Activity
Cost in INR
Timing
Prior booking needed?
Duration
Remarks
1
Forest Safari
Foreigners
(Adult/Child)
2720/2470
Indians
1720/1520
0545-1000
1500-1900
Yes, limited slots
4 hours

2
Boat Safari
Foreigners
(Adult/Child)
2720/2470
Indians
1720/1520
0630-0915
1530-1815
Yes (limited seats)
3 hours approx
Not available when water level is low
3
Coracle Ride
Free
0900-1100
1600-1800
No
10-15min

4
Bullock cart Ride
450 per person
0900-1100
1600-1800
No
30 min
Tender coconut will be served
5
Tribal Dance
Free
1930
No
15-20 mins
Every alternate day
6
Documentary
Free
1930
No
1 hour approx
Every alternate day
7
Story Corner (Naturalists share their experience)
Free
2015-2115 on Tribal dance day
2030-2130
On documentary day
No
1 hour approx

8
Stories of Kabini
Ride on the banks of Kabini with historic details/bird watch
Free
0630-0800
Yes
2 hours
Only till Monsoon
9
Spirits of Kabini
(Tribal village visit)
450 per person
1100-1300
Yes
30 min
Coffee will be served
Subject to Vehicle availability/ own vehicle preferred
10
Interpretation centre walk
Free
1030-1130
1700-1800
No
1 hour

11
Responsible tourism walk
Free
1130-1230
Yes
1 hour approx

12
Guided Cycling Tour
Free
0730-0830
Yes
1 hour
You can do it on your own any time
13
Night Trail
Free
2015-2115 on Tribal dance day
2030-2130
On documentary day
Yes
1 hour approx
Shoes and full dress mandatory
14
Star Gazing
Free
2000-2100
No
1 hour

15
Sunset Cruise
450 per person
1730-1800
No
30 min
Tender coconut will be served
16
Nature Walk
Free
0700-0830
No
90 min

17
Private Dining
?

Yes


18
Infinity Pool
Free
0700-1900
No


19
Board Room
?

Yes


20
Reading lounge


No


21
Kids Activity Centre


No


22
Ayurveda 
2000 to 4500 per treatment
0830 to 1900
Yes
Depends, 1-2 hours approx

23
Bar
Yes, depends
?
No


24
Shopping Centre
Yes, depends
?
No


1. Forest Safari in Kabini- Nagarahole forest
Forest Safari is operated by Jungle Lodges & Resorts who have complete monopoly in this matter. All resorts in Kabini area work with JLR for Safaris and are given specific quotas. Orange county gets about 8 seats on each Safari which is allocated to their guests on reservation basis. Unlike JLR, Forest Safari cost is not included in room rent- I guess because there is no 100% certainty that all guests will get to do safari each day due to limited seats. (Also guests may have other preferences). There will be 2 Safaris per day. Book your Safari early if you are staying in peak season. (Resort can have about 90 guests in its peak - 37 huts with 2-3 guests each approx, but only about 16 safari slots a day). Photos I clicked during my Safari will be shown in a separate post.
Orange County naturalists will accompany you during the safari to help spot wildlife or give extra details about them. High Quality binocular is supplied by OCR and also drinking water.

2. Boat Safari
Boat Safari involves a ride in the backwaters of Kabini. Similar to forest safari, guests get to watch animals on the banks of Kabini and birds and crocodiles in and around the river. However this year due to shortage of water Boat Safari was suspended in March. Will resume only after monsoon. Cost of this is same as Forest Safari and is again operated by JLR with specific quota of seats to other resorts

3. Coracle Ride
A short ride on the backwaters- whatever is left of it.
4. Bullock Cart Ride
A chargeable activity. A local farmer is commissioned to bring his bulls and take the guests for a ride around the campus. Good experience if you've never ridden in one. The cart is cushioned with beds for extra comfort. During the ride, he would sing or tell his stories- says he is very happy with OCR as they pay him well and are also sponsoring many kids education in the village. Towards the end of the ride I tried to pose in driver's seat, but the bulls got scared of an unknown man in pilot seat... thankfully the villager and OCR staff managed to take control of the situation in time.

5. Tribal Dance
A local tribal community is hired to perform their traditional dance- the show happens on every alternate days. They performed 3 different types of dances but I was unable to spot the differences-may be my bad. The all-male group consists of several youngsters assisted by 3 elders who play drums and flute kind of instrument. In the last round, many guests enjoy by joining on the floor and dancing with the tribals or getting their photos clicked.

6. Wildlife Documentary
Wildlife documentary is shown to guests to help understand the biodiversity of the nature and life in the forests of Kabini.

7. Stories Corner
This is an activity in which experienced naturalists of OCR talk about their experiences in the forests- close encounters with wildlife, interesting observations and tales and so on. Worth listening before dinner. This seem to happen at different spots on different days- check with resort staff so that you don't wait in wrong spot.

8. Stories of Kabini
This is a jeep ride along the banks of Kabini spotting interesting things and birds. I am thinking of a separate post on this interesting ride we had. Standby.
9. Spirits of Kabini
This is a visit to Tribal village. I was told this can be done if we have our own vehicles. We couldn't do this, both due to time and not having a vehicle at our disposal.

10. Interpretation Centre walk
OCR has a dedicated area where geographical and historical information about Kabini area, its fauna and flora are displayed. A trained naturalist will give a detailed walkthrough of the same. You can do it on your own as well.

11. Responsible Tourism Walk
Guests can understand various eco-friendly measures adapted by the resort. I have detailed them in a separate post.

12. Guided Cycle tour / Cycle ride (self)
A guided cycle tour is conducted for guests who prefer to have a guide with them or not vary familiar with local territory. We opted to ride on our own without a guide.
13. Night trail
This is highly recommended activity if you love nature and life. In the pitch dark night, the naturalists of Orange County would take you to a tour of the campus and help spot several animals in the dark. Birds, butterflies, toads, lizards, snails, frongs, snakes, ants and so on. On our own we are very unlikely to spot them but the trained eyes of the naturalists can easily locate these species despite their best camouflage. Not just spotting, naturalists are also resourceful enough to explain several interesting facts about these creatures. Below butterflies were spotted during night trail. I didn't click more pics during our night trail walk as I was tired after full day of travel n activitiy and lazy to click in the dark.

Full dress (trousers etc) and shoes are mandatory for night trail- this is more of a safety feature in case you get too close to some creatures in the dark, knowingly or otherwise.  Night trail is a complementary activity but a prior reservation is recommended.

14. Star Gazing
We didn't do this. I guess this is offered on the nights where sky is clear and lots of stars are visible

15. Sunset Cruise
This was also suspended due to low water levels.

16. Nature walk
Nature walk is a day time version of night trail- involves walking in and around the resort trying to spot birds and other interesting objects. Equipped with high quality binoculars you can spot several birds and animals. I could spot about 17 different types of birds during my stay- nature walk or otherwise- detailed in this post.
17 Private Dining
Private dining was being offered in a premium boat. But with low water levels the boat private dining is on hold. Private dining was being offered in a secondary spot- a watchtower/sit out like area near the infinity pool.
Temporary private dining area
18. Infinity Pool
Infinity pool is the main swimming pool at Orange County, Kabini. Guests can enjoy a swim here during day time. Drinks can be served
19 Board Room
 
20 Reading lounge
Reading lounge is a spacious sit out area overlooking the river. It has a great collection of books and a small coffee shop. It is located in the most windy part of the resort. Guests can spend unlimited time here reading books and enjoying the cool breeze or scenery outside.
 Reading lounge as seen from the river bed...
21. Kids activity centre (Makkere)
Makkere is a dedicated area for kids- gets a small pool with slide, games corner and a gym. Cycles can also be rented from here. Notice the tiger stripes...
22 Ayurveda Spa
Last but not the least, a fully equipped 2 room Ayurveda Spa is essential part of the resort. Operated by an outside agency, Spa offers a set of great options to chose from. 

23. Waterhole (Bar)
Not my area of expertise- but OCR Kabini has a bar for those who are interested

24. Shopping centre
Right opposite the departure lounge is the shopping centre, where you can pick a few gifts or souvenirs.

25. Yoga session
There was a Yoga session too but it was my last morning in OCR Kabini and I had to chose between Nature walk or Yoga session. I opted for the former as Yoga could be done elsewhere too. Please check with staff for Yoga session availability and timing.

There're things to do- you can enjoy a swim in your private pool if you're staying in Pool Hut or try a Jacuzzi in Jacuzzi hut. The campus is also a photographer's delight with so many subjects to experiment on- birds, landscapes and more. You can try a siesta on a hammock or enjoy unlimited food. Overall, Orange County Kabini has enough to keep you busy for several days.

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9 comments:

  1. Very interesting activities! In my last visit i missed some of these. Shall visit again :)

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  2. So many activities .. that is so cool ... Would love to visit someday!!!

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  3. Looks so beautiful and lots of free things todoaswell!

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  4. That is such a lot of activities! I liked the boat very much. Do you wear specs in water or was it for photography? :)

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  5. @Indrani- I do wear usually, as it is for vision.

    Boat dinner is offered when there's enough water.

    @Mridula-yes

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  6. This looks like a perfect, luxurious stay combined with tons of activity! Would love to visit Orange County in Kabini someday!

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