12:00 p.m: Check in at noon. Settle down and freshen up---------- reached at 2.45 PM. So before we settled down and freshened up, we rushed to the dining hut.
1:30-2:30 p.m: Treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch at the Gol Ghar ----------- ate like gluttons till 3.30 PM
4:00pm: Gear up for a ride into the Park with tea/ coffee served at the Gol Ghar -------- drank the tea/coffee on time (irrespective of the lunch timing)
4:30-7:00 pm: Our naturalists take you on a wildlife jeep safari into the Nagarhole National Park, showing & sharing with you their experiences and information about the jungle and all the animals that live there.------------- on time activity… an enjoyable ride through the forest. Took lots of pictures. Some rare elephants and their families too….
7:45 p.m: Watch a wildlife movie as you gulp beer at the Viceroy's building.---------- movie? What the @#$%? whoever wanted to see wildlife movies after checking out the real wildlife for the 3 previous hours!I walked out 2 minutes after entering 10 minutes late for the wildlife movie.
8:30-10:00 p.m: Bask in the warmth of the campfire, while you dine in the Gol Ghar, exchanging tales of the jungle with the other guests and our staff.---------- campfire is a myth. There was no such thing. After dinner ,we were star gazing next to the on the banks of the back waters. A peacefully good thing again, except there were no jungle tales exchanged. A repeated discussion of work-woes and a feel-good-outburst-of-frustration.
12th May, Saturday 2007
6.00-6.30a.m: Wake up to a hot early morning cup of tea/coffee----------- woke up at 5.45. got ready by 6.45. Therefore no hot early morning tea/coffee.
7.00-09.30 a.m: Cruise through the serene backwaters of the Kabini River on a motor boat viewing sleepy crocodiles and chirpy birds, intent on their morning catch. View a variety of wildlife, especially the elephants, coming to the river for bath or a drink. -------------- No, we did not spot any sleepy crocodiles. But the birds and their nests were a worthy morning sight.
10.00 a.m: Your stay at Kabini is not over yet. A hearty brunch is what awaits you after your sojourn in the wild.-------- the brunch was the best meal of Kabini resorts. A mix of healthy south-indian and continental food. Some chit-chat on top of the net after brunch, till we were repeatedly reminded of the checkout time by the resort staff.
11.00 a.m: As you bid adieu to Kabini, the memories of your stay here will linger on, till the time you return again------- Good bye on time
You might find these useful if you are considering:
Places to Stay: Jungle Lodges and Resorts is a very nice place and offers day-wise packages, try these telephone numbers:
Internal transport : Again a very nice resort but tucked away in the jungles. So I would suggest you to take your own transaport.
Climate : Try to schedule your visit after the first showers as the jungles can get heated up inspite of having a river inthe vicinity.
Food : The resort arranges 3 meals a day as a part of the package with coffee/tea at any time. There is a bar which doesnot include any free drinks :-)
11th May 7.30 PM
Person1 (P1): we can have some tea now.
Me: ok. Lets order if its free.
P1: ya it is.
……… roomboy brings a tea heater, some packets of instant coffee powder, sugar and tea bags.
P1:Hey I am not good at making tea with tea bags.
……… I made my tea
Me: I forgot to add sugar. Pass me a sugar packet.
P1: (passes me 2 packtes) put one in mine also
Me: (confused) …..
P1: where is my tea? You didn’t make for me?
Me: oh!!! You expected me to make Tea for you @#$%%^^&&*(