Orange County Resorts Kabini - A Review - Part II (Mysuru - Karnataka)

Cocooned in Nature!

Continuing with the review of Orange County Resorts in Kabini. Yeah, there are 2 restaurants here - the Honey Comb restaurant & Kuruba grill. The Honey Comb restaurant is a buffet restaurant where you can also order something special. Did I mention it was my birthday when I ventured here, so the head chef Ranjith, took me by surprise & sent me a birthday cake to my hut!!!
For breakfast, there's a section for meat eaters, and the rest are mostly veg. There's a good mix of South Indian, North Indian, Continental foods as well as super healthy & special diet foods like dry fruits, nuts, sprouts, cheese, coconut milk, fruit juices etc. Ofcourse being here, Mysore Masala Dosa and Filter Coffee with Jaggery are a must try!

Lunch & Dinner buffet is way too extensive! I didn't bother to see the variety in non-vegetarian food! The veggie side has a range of salads, fresh fruits & vegetables as starters. Then there's a range of gravies incl Dal, Paneer & some subji and a live counter for Indian bread varieties. There's also plain rice and one variety rice plus some more south Indian options incl Sambar, Rasam, Poriyal, Aviyal, Palya etc. 
There's also a couple Italian options with Lasagna or Pasta etc. There's also a small section of organic food. The dessert is a large selection of Indian sweets, cakes (incl a couple eggless variants), mousse etc. One fine day I did just gorge it all on lunch (effect of super tasty and super variety of food) and that day, for dinner all I could manage was some yogurt!!!
The Kuruba Grill is more of an open air grill restaurant, but being a veggie, I guess the food here wasn't really of my taste! There's a exquisite Boat Dining experience as well, but sadly the summer had almost dried up the river (read more about Kabini itself) and the water level was too low for a romantic floating dinner!

Yes, the resort in just on the banks of Kabini river! The view is just exquisite! Esp at sunset I did get a bit crazy with photography! Just doing nothing at all, but just sitting here and watching the cows graze by, the villages walk by, and the oh so many birds chirp away, is the best way to relax...


Just beside the restaurant is the main Infinity pool. Yes, it doesn't look like one right now! But imagine the whole river brimming with water, then the infinity pool would totally make sense! There's another smaller family pool (with a toddler pool as well). Here are also a play area with board games, bicycles and a mini gym!

Apart from these, there's a Spa or rather an Ayurvedic Vaidyasala and a library! The library is located at the western most point of the resort, facing the Kabini river and it also serves coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc. 

Sitting here, basking in the setting sun, with its reflection on the river, watching the villagers & people head back home, with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, is just......................

Similar to the RO water & a card to not change sheets, Orange County Kabini is also involved in various other activities to promote responsible tourism. They own windmills at Chitradurga and they also have solar panels the covers the entire roofing of the car park which helps them produce around 500w electricity per day which is one third to one fourth of their consumption! 
They also have a sewage treatment plan that manufactures manure which is used in their garden where several vegetable yielding plants are grown. These vegetables are used in the staff kitchen. The Bio Gas Plant helps in generation energy for staff kitchen!
There is a small hut in the resort, which is a replica of the typical Kuruba (the local tribe) hut! Like the in-house historians in Hampi, here are some in-house naturalists who accompany the guests in the all the activities in and around Kabini. More on that coming up soon, stay tuned....

To Get There:
Refer to my earlier post.

P.S: I was invited by Orange County, Kabini to stay and experience the hotel for review purpose, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

38 comments:

  1. Haha I love how you swallow the sun.. so it is you that bring us every evening the night? ;)
    Without kidding - very lovely impressions here. I would love to spend some good time right now in the Infinity pool...
    Also I can imagine as a veggie it is sometimes maybe hard to find the right meal, I would love to try some Indian desserts, I never really tried some before.

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  2. That food looks so good! Especially the veggies! Also, it sucks that the river had almost dried up. It would have been awesome to go on the floating dinner! The sunset and landscapes look really nice, though!

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  3. A birthday cake to my hut - that's so sweet! I often choose the veggie options although I am a meat eater - so this sounds right up my street. Love the variety options at the first place, and the pictures for the second are incredible!

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  4. Orange Country Resorts in Kabini seems to offer a great selection of veggie dishes at the resorts restaurants. It's great to know the resort promotes responsible tourism. The views of the Kabini river look spectacular from your photos.

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  5. I have always admired Orange County for their luxury and responsible way of promoting or supporting destinations. Having grown close to Kabini, I have been wanting to visit this resort for sometime now. Thanks for the virtual journey!

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  6. I have been lusting over Kabini resort property pictures for quite a while. After going through your post I definitely will be planning a visit there soon, perhaps during the monsoons. Food options looks amazing! Filter coffee and mysore masala dosa are my favourite combo.

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  7. Orange County looks like fab place for a weekend getaway. And the fact that the amenities and the atmosphere is so close to nature it makes for a great laid back experience. Loved the hut style rooms and the tempting food. Definitely something to consider for a short trip away from city life.

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  8. The resort is like in an eco village. The location is beautiful and the view is amazing. The foods look delicious. I would like to stay here if I have a chance.

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  9. Kabini and Orange County...the two names are almost synonymous now. Food is a such a plus point, specially when you are vacationing at a destination where you spend a lot of time in the resort. Everything looks inviting. The decor and huts are vey authentic.

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  10. am glad came across your blog. gives ideas to travel within the country. the focus on describing the food is very enjoyable.

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  11. This looks like a wonderful place to stay. It's great that they had so many food options for vegetarians and meat eaters. And I can see why you went crazy with the photos! The sunset is marvelous!

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  12. Orange Country Resorts in Kabini looks like a perfect weekend getaway to unplug from the rest of the world! Also, your picture with the sun is a great shot captured!

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  13. It's really cool when resorts try to go the extra mile anticipating the different needs of every client. This resort looks so great! :D

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  14. This sounds like a nice resort -- I like the combo of lux offerings like big buffets and pools with a sustainable approach adn giving back to the community. I'll check it out when I get to that neck of the woods.

    Happy continued travels!
    C

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  15. Oooo the quickest way to this traveler's heart is food! The food here looks so delicious! Also, those are some pretty magical sunsets. I'd love to just sit back and chill and take it all in.

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  16. I shouldn't have read this article at lunch time yum yum yum! And how nice of them bringing a birthday cake to your hut!

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  17. You get to visit the most exotic places there. Interested to read more about the Kuruba and their culture in your future posts. Those sunset poses are so wacky, I'd like to try them out here myself.

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  18. OMG I love those moon pictures!! This place looks so relaxing and the perfect little getaway from the hustle and bustle. Never heard of this resort but would love to come visit. I could use a spa day and infinity pool right about now!

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  19. Wow! You make drool over these 2 restaurants. They seemed to have churned out some good dishes.
    Excellent framing with Sun :)

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  20. Love the resort....the location is perfect and adds to the ambiance of the place

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  21. The sunset was beautiful and it was so cool, you played around with the sunset shot. Overall, the place feels refreshing.

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  22. The resort looks fabulous! I would love to visit it especially for that great food and beautiful sunset! I love those funny photos with sun :) I am glad you had a great time. !

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  23. What else should I say? This is truly perfect haven for those who want embrace serenity and want to commune with nature's bounty. I like how friendly this Resort looks like. I like how you have written this review. Your photos can truly speak and you have captured them stunningly. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  24. Amazing place to visit!! Very beautiful!! Need to go here soon! Thanks for sharing this!

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  25. The orange country resorts look nice and the concept of theirs being so close to nature is really fabulous. I loved the way they surprised you. Anyways Belated Happy Birthday and the cake looks so yummy.

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  26. Your sunset silhouette photography is wonderful and very inventive! You chose a good book from the library, i never know the birds i see so having this book on hand would be useful. I'm trying to picture the infinity pool with the river running behind it.

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  27. When I first read Orange County, I thought of the one in California but this is in India and a truly beautiful setting as your photos show... What a wonderful place to escape for some R & R and a birthday treat. Happy Birthday!

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  28. Such good life when we are on vacation in these beautiful places! I loved those "drinking sun" pics.

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  29. I enjoyed reading about the resort very much. The photos of the area around it seem very serene and quiet. A beautiful landscape on which to relax. The photos were creative as well with the bite of the sun.

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  30. This looks like an amazing place! The food especially looks good!!

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  31. A thoughtful chef...edible sun, infinity pool, and a sumptuous buffet! Aren't those travel goals?

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  32. The pool and huts look so inviting! I like the bit too about the solar energy. Responsible tourism is such a great thing. Very cool!

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  33. Sounds like a lovely resort. We have always wanted to go to Orange County. Good to know such great places exist. We usually try and find the most vegan friendly place that we can. :)

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  34. That food looks tempting. Both the restaurants seem to serve some amazing food. Great shots of sunsets btw.

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  35. The place looks simply fabulous: nestled in nature with modern amenities! So sweet of the chef to bake a birthday cake for you! :) Have heard of Orange County and wish to stay there one day. Your sunset pics are so much fun! :)

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  36. India is always incredible for me even I visited many times. But, I have not reached to karnataka yet. Hope to visit soon

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  37. What a beautiful place! The food looks delicious! Like you, my husband is a vegetarian so he's always looking for good options. It's hard to control yourself at big buffets like those!

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