Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Housed in a collection of rustic but luxurious thatched huts, Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini is all about making the most of the beauty of the surrounding countryside, with Nagarhole National Park within easy reach. Your neighbours during your stay at Orange County will include the world’s largest population of Asian elephants, one of whom, Meenakshi, is friendly with hotel guests.
Perfect forMeeting the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park.
In the know
  • Meenakshi, the hotel’s resident elephant, is a hit with guests who often take him down to the river for a bath.
  • Explore the surrounding parkland with boat and land safaris
  • The world’s largest population of Asian elephants lives nearby

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Lodge
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Off the Beaten Track

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

On the banks of the Kabini River, which winds its way between Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks, the hotel is surrounded by natural beauty, which is reflected in the rustic wood and stone aesthetic of the hotel.

Rooms at Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini

The hotel's villa accommodations combine a rustic aesthetic with luxurious comfort, with pleasingly uneven adobe walls, wooden beams and posts, and exposed thatch in the ceilings. The look and feel of the villas reflects the rugged beauty of their surroundings, which you can enjoy in privacy from your own private courtyard. You have the choice of Pool Huts or Jacuzzi Huts, with both having private pools, but the latter slightly smaller.

Food & drink

The hotel’s restaurant, Honey Comb, offers delicious regional, Indian and international cuisine in an informal buffet setting overlooking the River Kabini. Carnivores will love the Karuba Grill, where kebabs and grilled meats are served up overlooking the water. A range of intimate ‘Romance for Two’ dining experiences are available, including an unforgettable candle-lit river cruise on a traditional wooden boat. Your own personal chef will prepare an exquisite five-course meal, served with delicious wine by your own butler, as you float along the serene waters of the Kabini.


Overlooking the lake is a gorgeous infinity pool, the perfect place to relax after a day exploring and wildlife-watching. There’s also a spa which draws on the ancient tradition of Ayurveda to provide a range of healing treatments, and a beautiful reading room where you can curl up with a good book and watch the sun go down over the lake. Kids are well catered for, and there’s a Children’s Activity Centre with board games, puzzles and arts and crafts.

Activities at Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, Kabini

A stay here is all about immersing yourself in the environment and getting to know the rich flora and fauna which live here. A boat safari will take you down the winding waterways of the Kabini River, which divides the Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks. Asiatic elephants, marsh crocodiles, and smooth-coated otters are among the creatures you can spot on the river banks. A jeep safari through Nagarhole will allow you to get closer to the land animals who live here, including tigers, leopards and wild dogs. As well as the predators, there’s the highest concentration of herbivores anywhere in Asia, including the largest Asian elephant population in the world.

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Hotel location

The hotel is in the remote, rural heart of Kerala, around five hours’ drive from Bangalore International Airport.

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