Orange County-Kabini, Kabini
Malalli Cross N.Bellathur Antharasanthe
Ranked 6 amongst 10 hotels in Kabini
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Orange County-Kabini Reviews (87)
I went to Karnataka for a family trip in the month of March. The destination was excellent and the location of the hotel is also very nice and excellent and it was near the national park. The appearance of the hotel was very good and excellent and the front office was excellent. The rooms were very neat and clean and it's very good. Overall the hotel was awesome and excellent.
The hotel location was very good. Everything was nice in the hotel. Garden was available at the hotel. Painting was available in the hotel. I went to this hotel by my own vehicle. Check in and check out was done on time. Service was done on time at the hotel. The Wi-Fi connection was not provided in the room. All amenities were provided in working condition. The food quality was nice. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food was available in the hotel. The activity was arranged by the hotel. I dont have any suggestion for this hotel. I had visited this hotel with my family. I would recommend this hotel for other travellers.
The behaviour of the staff’s was good. The activity was arranged at the hotel. Everything was good in this hotel. The garden was provided at the hotel. The sightseeing was nearby the hotel. The check in and checkout was done on time. The service was good. All amenities were provided in the room. The room was spacious and clean. The food quality was good. All type of food was provided in the hotel. I had visited this hotel with friends.
I had visited this hotel with my colleagues for business purpose. The room was booked by my company. There was no delay in check in and checkout. The hotel was located outside the city. The hotel was located nearby the transportation. Parking facility was available at the hotel. Ambience of the hotel interior and exterior was good. The service was provided on time. All amenities were provided in the room. The room given to me was spacious with neat and clean. All variety of food was provided in the hotel. Swimming pool and spa was available in the hotel but I didn’t use. The food was excellent in the hotel. There was no Wi-Fi facility available in the hotel. I don't have any suggestion for this hotel. I would not recommend this hotel to upcoming travellers. The overall experience was good in the hotel.
The hotel was located in the centre of the city. I had visited this hotel with my family. The location of the hotel was excellent. The appearance of the hotel was very nice. All the activity was arranged by the hotel. The room booked by my friend. All the amenities were provided in the room. The complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner was provided in the hotel. The food quality and quantity was tasty in the hotel. The variety in food was available in the hotel. The behaviour of the staff’s was excellent in the hotel. The Wi-Fi was provided in the hotel. I would recommend this hotel to upcoming travellers.
The reception of staff’s was good in this hotel. All amenities wee provided in the room. The view was good from the room. I had visited this hotel with my family. The food quality and quantity was good in this hotel. The activity was available in the hotel. The overall experience was very good in this hotel. I would recommend this hotel for upcoming travellers.
I had visited this hotel for personal work. The food quality was great. Everything was excellent in the hotel. The hotel price was expensive. The food was included in the package. Activity was not conducted in the hotel. The overall experience at the hotel was nice. The Wi-Fi connection was provided in the room. The transportation facility was not provided by the hotel. The parking facility was provided in the hotel. The staff's behaviour was nice. The check in and checkout was on time. The varieties of food were provided at the hotel. The complimentary breakfast was provided in the hotel. There was no suggestion for this hotel. I would recommend this hotel for other travellers.
Top Reviews of Orange County-Kabini
The experience at Orange County Kabini, begins long before you actually reach the place. Whilst you make a booking, speak to the sales personnel at their regional office, or for that matter even the receptionist at the resort. Orange County resorts have their own opening salutation or a buzz word for perfect hospitality - â€˜Namaskaraâ€™ which in Kannada is the equivalent of â€˜Namaskarâ€™ in Hindi or â€˜Vanakkamâ€™ in Tamil, or similar greeting in any Indian language. And the depth of this word is only fully understood when you reach the place and experience a stay. So as opposed to a mere â€˜Helloâ€™ this greeting is very emotional and the brand differentiation starts with your very first call to the resort or office. And it is sustained through your stay or return. Once our bookings were in place we were called (and emailed) and the staff made sure everything was in order. Directions to the place (it is almost 3 hours from Mysore, mainly due to bad roads, but then any up-country road in Karnataka is pathetic) were bang on. Not just the antique design map that one can download from their website, but even the lady at the reception was bang on in her navigation to the place. We didnâ€™t need a GPS. Besides we also had quite a few road signs leading us to the resort. Since we had underestimated the travel time we couldnâ€™t reach there for lunch as scheduled. â€˜Never mind, Sirâ€™, she consoled us midway to the resort, â€˜we will keep food warm even after the kitchen closes at 3â€™. And warm food it was that was served when we got there. You pass through a typical village road or whatever there was of a road, but when we reached there it was paradise. The security was informed of our coming, gates opened without a fuss. Then we were welcomed in typical â€˜Kaadu Kurubaâ€™ style. (Orange County Kabini resort is based on the local Kaadu Kuraba tribe, who inhabit the areas in and around the forests of Nagarhole and Bandipur.) with the tribal trumpets and local wind instruments. For a moment we felt like a tribal chief heralded into the main building. (And Chief Vitalstatistix or for that matter Cacofonix would have loved it too) So everything you see in and around the resort is 100% themed around this tribe. The resort (if seen from a helicopter would look like a Kaadu Kuraba hamlet). The reception too is very unlike any resort lobby. Itâ€™s like entering a large village house. Registration was done in a jiffy while one of the reception staff handled the introductions to the resort. All like clockwork. Informal but informative. We were ushered into our Pool Hut (called Pool villa in OC Coorg) quite a distance away from the main reception and dining areas, as most resorts are built. It was walking through a real hamlet. Stone pathways, lined with trees and bushes that are part of the local flora. Each tree and plant had wooden signs with the botanical nomenclature as well as the local name. Our pool hut was a huge hut. Complete with a mini pool (complete with long beach chairs) inside each hut, large patio, huge hall, bedroom fit for a tribal chief (read king), and a large bathroom. All furniture made from local wood trunks, branches and bamboo. Roof, typically â€˜Kurubaâ€™. All of us looked at each other and said just one word - â€˜awesomeâ€™. Everything was in place. The minibar was full of goodies (at no extra cost), stationery with the Orange County theme and all communication including the menus with one theme running across. All around there was greenery. The grass on the sides were well manicured and cleaned from time to time. The pathways were cleaned every day, even the path lights were made of clay pots. The restaurants in the main building were impressive. The food that was spread out mostly local fare. Loved the pumpkin curry, boiled rice, ragi rotis, among othes. Attention to detail was what struck us most. All the staff would greet you with a â€˜Namaskaraâ€™ and a broad smile. The company HR surely did their jobs well. A Kuruba grill restaurant alongside also gives one a â€˜home away from homeâ€™ food. Especially seafood. We spent two days at Orange County Kabini. We did not just sit by the pool (it was the end of monsoon rains so we encountered wet weather all through) but the days were packed with activities. Early morning wildlife safari, evening boat safari on the Kabini river. Nature walks, tribal dance show (with actual tribals giving us a half hour song and dance show). The Boat safari and Nature walk was a wonderful experience. Our naturalist Mr Venktesh was really a walking encyclopaedia. He had a wealth of information on plants, birds, wildlife and the local history. Amazing. Everyone were looked after well especially when it rained and they were well stocked with raincoats, umbrellas etc, so even the rains didnâ€™t play spoilsport. Most resorts do have similar events and leisure activities, but at Orange County Kabini, we rediscovered nature. We got a feel of the local tribal way of living (though in five star comfort), food and flora and fauna. Besides 40% of the staff were employed from local areas. The washrooms were immaculately clean (even in the monsoon). After two days of experiencing â€˜Namaskaraâ€™ and â€˜Kaadu Kurabaâ€™ we realized that we did check out of the place but we could never leave. Ask anyone whoâ€™d been there. We did and they all felt the same. One elderly Parsi couple from Nagpur who were with us said to us â€˜see you here next yearâ€™. Thatâ€™s Orange County Kabini for you. There is something extraordinary in the place that will bring you back there. Perhaps itâ€™s an old Kaadu Kuruba jungle saying.
The experience was amazing - of being at Kabini and especially at Orange County. The warmth, the hospitality and the thoughtfulness of the staff was truly fantastic. Taking parents in the sixties and my eleven year old daughter, I was apprehensive about the holiday...but those fears were unfounded. We all had a great time!
The Nagarhole national park, a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere, is where the Nagarhole River meets the Kabini river and creates a lake right in the midst of the park, after a Dam was built on the Kabini river. The Orange County resort, right on the edges of the river at Kabini is a stunner by any standards. The entire resort is built on the theme of a KaduKuruba tribal village, an authentic recreation of the tribal huts for guest accommodation. The palm thatched, mud walled, parched floor huts have a traditional air about them from the outside. Step inside and you are transported back in time with replicas of tribal interiors, mainly from wood, straw and jute lending a mystic aura to the air, yet peppered with all the luxuries your could hope for including, either a private Jacuzzi on the Jacuzzi hut option or your own private pool at the Pool hut option. The entire furniture, windows and doors were of rough finished country wood, lending an authenticity to the setting. The first evening was a wash out, with a thunder shower ensuring that the Jeeps and Boats stayed away from their Safari jaunts and were firmly grounded. It was also a blessing in a way, for the train and car journey did get us and we retired early to bed after a quick dinner and a midnight dip in the private pool within our hut. The next morning was a magical start to our holiday. The storm clouds had vanished presenting a clear blue sky with a bright orange sun rising over the hills as we settled into the plush boats for a quick ferry to the other side of the lake, where the jeeps for the jungle safari awaited or arrival. The Nagarhole National Park mainly consists of moist deciduous forest in the northern and western parts and dry deciduous forest in the south-eastern part. An important feature of these forests is the open grassy swamps, where the grass is lush all year-round. Nagarhole is rich with wildlife, and dawn and dusk jeep & boat tours are likely to ensure spotting of huge congregation of elephants, sounders of wild boar, herds of deer and antelope, troupes of monkeys, wild dogs, gaur (the Indian bison), jackals and, possibly, the elusive tiger or the shy leopard. The safari began with a drive around a couple of little hamlets where the locals were going about their daily chores and children waved to us as we drove past. The first few minutes into the jungle were spell binding. Energy levels were high and expectations soared as we kept passing spotted dear by the dozens and peacocks by the droves. A couple of giant mongoose strutted in front of our jeep for quite a while before vanishing into the bushes and a lone wild boar, quite a huge one at that, stood his ground a few feet from us as we drove past. The safari ended with a view of a couple of elephants – a mother and her calf lazing in the morning sun, playing with each other. The Safari in the evening ensured a chance encounter with a Leopard, who darted out of the bushes and when the jeep screeched to a halt, darted right back in – giving us a fleeting glance of the elusive cat, not even time for us to focus our cameras. In contrast, there was a pack of wild dogs, about 6 of them, who were posing for us for a full 20 minutes, before we decided to leave them alone. The evening safari was rounded off with a good view of a large herd of Bison, a lone tusker, Sambar, Cheetal and langurs by the hordes, all of them preparing for the night ahead. Back at the hotel, the activities of the evening were rounded off with a Tribal dance by a team of the local Kadukurumba tribes. A team of six dancers performed a simple stepped dance routine in perfect synchrony and towards the end all of us joined them for an eventful evening. The chief of the troupe, an 80 year old veteran, was claimed to be the only man in the world, who was capable of continuously playing the local tribal version of the saxophone, for a full 30 minutes, without pausing for breath. The instrument sounded a lot like the snake charmers pipe, and the local drums were sheep skin tightened over wooden rings. It was surely an interesting evening. The next morning was another memorable experience, with a great introduction to Ornithology by Venkatesh, one of the best naturalists I’ve met in my various holiday experiences. A very knowledgeable person on the avian kind, Venky patiently inducted us into the various intricacies of the birding hobby. The resort has an awesome Reading Lounge, built on stilts, overlooking the great lake at the Northern corner of the campus. The lounge opens out into the lake and has a stunning range of the feathered friends hanging around the periphery. Venky took us on a small walk just outside the fencing, across a moor and to the banks of a little swamp, where the magic unfolded before our eyes. Little birds of every color and size were all over us, darting, squeaking and whizzing past us in a frenzy which one needs to experience and the experience is impossible to describe in words. The swamp has a sizeable population of birds and is a great place for people who enjoy bird-watching. Among the 250 bird species found in the park, the most common are the common around the swamp are the bulbul, babbler, bee-eater, dove, hornbill, woodpecker, Malabar pied, warbler, great Indian reed, golden-back parakeet, southern tree pie, swallows and swifts. Just a hundred meters away, by the banks of the river are the larger avian kind, the Grey herons, painted storks, crested serpent eagle, Brahmini kites, Spot billed ducks, Black Ibis, Egrets, moor hens and a whole array of water fowls line the lakes in the morning. The afternoon’s are busy with stints at the ayurveda center, where trained staff from the Indus Valley Ayurveda Center starting with sloshing your entire self on large quantities of strange smelling oil and then work your body in a synchronized trance, kneading, pressing and stroking the nerve centers into a relaxing experience, followed by a bit of light cooking of the entire body in a steam chamber and finally washing off the dripping oil in a rough paste and a herbal shampoo. The whole body massage in an experience in itself and a wonderful relaxant. The boat rides are another memorable event during the stay. The long boats, powered by huge outboards, carry half a dozen visitors across the breath of the huge lakes and it is a sight to see large herds of deer dotting the huge banks, coupled with large congregation of elephants alongside them. The lake itself is peppered with tree stumps, which are home to large flocks of cormorants, herons, storks and ibis. The sheer expanse of water and the large herds of mammals of different kinds dotting the banks is a sight to behold. I can go on and on, but let me summarize by saying - if there was heaven on earth, it\'s gotta be this !
We were 4 couples with overall 5 kids all below 6 yrs...it was a trip just to recharge ourselves..it was superb relaxing experience at orange county despite the bumpy roads haashhhh....we were there for two nights..I would probably prefer all others to stay a tleast 3 nights. First appearance wow, the staffs(great plus point of the property) all were so smiling n ready to help for whatever you ask for. There is no to nothing from there side. The first word is namaskara and the second word is sure sir...check in was really very smooth..I appreciate it as we travelled nearly 6 hrs by road..infinity pool is really cool..well maintained.Food was excellent especially south Indian desserts were tasty..and those uttappas and dosas for breakfast were finger licking. I stayed in jacuzzi hut 201 very nice hut with very good amenities..water level dropped in jacuzzi but it was fixed within 10 to 15 min after informing..but it was again dropped at morning due to which my son didn't enjoyed for last morning of our stay..I didn't informed about the same as we were busy in checking out..the check out time is 11 am but I never got a reminder even it was 11.30.. In many properties I stayed.. Before 1 hr they start calling you for checkout(its disgusting). One of the suggestion is to have some more recreational facilities such as pool table or indoor shuttle etc..so orange county please add sum gaming facilities please please...and sum more dustbins near pool area.. At last I again want to thank all the staffs(I am not mentioning names as every one was good and don't want to hurt their hard work)from receptionist to tour executives, from chef to electricians, from pool cleaner to safari operators,mahout...thanks for making our trip memorable....
Orange County Kabini was a memorable experience in many ways! The drive up to the place was a bit rough and frankly rougher as we got nearer! The first step into the resort was a revelation!! A neat yet swanky ashram like complex amid a landscape of rich green foliage and a gently river flowing by! It was truly idyllic! The interiors of the hut in which we stayed was tastefully done with rich wooden textures and soft fabric - the overall feel was one of elegant luxury.
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