One night in Kabini

I work for Arghyam, a non-profit in Bangalore that does work on water and sanitation, and the whole office recently went on a retreat to the Kabini River Lodge. The seven-hour bus ride was the first time I’d really met everyone at Arghyam, including our chairperson and our CEO, and let me tell you – there is nothing that brings people together like a round of bus bingo. Here is the trip in photos:

The government-run jungle resort is located on the shores of the Kabini Dam reservoir. Some of the cottages, including mine, were right at the water’s edge.

I don’t think anyone from our group stayed in the Maharajah Cottage – but ours were better!

 A fifteen-second walk from the cottages led to the water, where there were stone benches (covered in bird droppings, but still picturesque).

There were also hammocks! I took a short nap in one, and now I wish I could sleep in it all the time.

We were originally supposed to go on a safari to see tigers and elephants, which this area is famous for, but the Supreme Court of India recently banned tourism activity in tiger reserve areas because tiger populations have been steadily declining. The reaction to the ban has been mixed, with tourism suffering and some wildlife experts saying that the visitors’ presence helped defend the tigers against poachers. In any case, we took a “nature walk,” so we saw caterpillars and spiders instead of tigers and elephants.

The last activity of the day was a short coracle ride on the reservoir around sunset. Until next time!

During her time at Pomona College, Ragini created a computer literacy program in a rural Indian village to provide educational and economic opportunities to under-served students at a resource-poor government high school. After graduation, her interest in rural development issues led to ten months of work at the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development (FORRAD), a Delhi-based non-profit focusing on natural resource management. While there, she documented the state of clean drinking water and comprehensive water conservation projects in rural areas of Rajasthan, Bundelkhand, and Tamil Nadu, with a focus on sustainable development work that created participatory, accountable systems of community involvement. Ragini speaks English, Hindi, and some Spanish.

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6 thoughts on “One night in Kabini

  1. I visited Kabini many years back and stayed exactly where you stayed. 3 days and 6 safaris later, no tiger, some elephants, couple of snakes. Whatever you end up seeing or not, it is a beautiful beautiful place. Great photos!

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