When it comes to eco-luxury, Orange County Kabini remains India’s finest paragon. Here, guests are steeped into the harmony of the ancient land and treated to a vernacular take on luxury, leaving them with an untainted wildlife experience like no other. Enchanting, tranquil, and exotic all at once, Orange County Kabini borrows from the legend and romance of the neighboring Kabini River, which chauffeurs guests into the wonders of Nagarhole National Park, one of the richest game habitats in India.

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Orange County Kabini is not a flashy display of luxury, but an enhancement of the natural beauty and tranquility of Kabini. From the outside, the resort’s 37 guest huts look like rustic reinterpretations of tribal Kadu Kuruba dwellings, while within, the traditional thatched-roof construction reveals stunning temples of vernacular elegance. From ethnic furniture and tribal patterned furnishings to little welcoming touches like lemon grass oil fragrance, each guest hut speaks to the delightful union of traditional craft and modern luxury. Divided between Jacuzzi Huts and the more private Pool Huts, all accommodations are built around their own central courtyards, some containing open-to-sky Jacuzzis and others their own personal swimming arenas.

Orange County Kabini boasts all of the facilities one would expect from a world-class luxury resort, without the negative impact on nature. A traditional Ayurveda Spa Village and the Infinity Pool on the lake’s edge serve as the rejuvenating heart of the complex, while the well-stocked bar and scenic Reading Lounge ensure long, uninterrupted moments amid birdsong, cocktail or Sidapur cappuccino in hand. Dining at Orange County Kabini is also worthy of the international stage, with two restaurants—Honey Comb and Kuruba Grill—serving up platters of regional and kebab fare alongside the serenity of the Kabini River. To bring the nature even closer, opt for an intimate riverside dinner or a candlelight cruise, both designed to set love afloat on the soulful waters.

The goal of any stay at Orange County Kabini is to get closer to the spirit of the land. Take a guided nature or culture walk along the village roads, ride down the waters of the Kabini in a fisherman’s coracle, or go bird watching for the 300-plus species in the region. For a true encounter with Kabini’s riches, explore the beauty of Nagarhole National Park, which, together with Bandipur National Park on the other side of the river, plays host to the largest concentration of herbivores in Asia. Twice daily jeep and boat safaris set out in search of biggest congregation of Asiatic elephants, as well as plenteous Chital, Sambar, Gaur, and Common Langur. While the main attractions might be largely herbivorous, the supporting cast of tiger, leopard, and wild dog make this region comparable in biomass to that of the Masai Mara. After a day in the wilderness, traditional Kuruba dance performances around the campfire completes the hypnotic Orange County Kabini experience.

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