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The Serai Kabini Road Trip – A Journey to the Hidden Paradise

The Serai Kabini is a four and a half hour drive from Bengaluru and is a journey to paradise for holiday goers who want a break from the urban setting. Set along the Kabini backwaters, this waterfront inspired destination is like a dream come true for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Come experience wildlife at its best in Kabini with the Unweekend offer from The Serai this summer. Beat the Bengaluru traffic this season and have a great time with your family & friends with an epic road trip.


One can reach Kabini from Bengaluru by taking the state highway connecting Mysore to Bengaluru and then following the highway leading to HD Kote. The best time to start out from Bengaluru would be early morning when the traffic density is low. Experience all the fun along the route to Mysuru (SH-17), which is dotted with many towns, each with a story of their own.


  • Enroute to Mysuru, the first stopover would be Bidadi, famous for its Thatte Idli, a popular breakfast dish that is a close cousin of the Idli, usually served with a dollop of butter. Many small hotels on the highway serve steaming hot Thatte Idlis, but the best ones can be found opposite the local bus stand on the highway.
  • Next up is Ramanagara, also known as the Silk City for its sericulture cultivation and silk cocoon auction markets. There are also several trekking spots close by, including the Ramadevarabetta, a hillock where the iconic Hindi movie Sholay was shot.


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Silk worm cocoons in Ramanagara



  • Channapatna is synonymous for its local handicrafts, of which its signature toys are famous across the globe. The handicrafts include wicker work and home decor among others. There is something for everyone in the family here. These are available in several stores in and around Janapada Loka, which is a museum exhibiting rural folk art and other interesting artifacts.


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Channapatna handicrafts at a handicrafts store



  • One can also visit the local winery near Channapatna which is a little off the highway. Here wine connoisseurs can take a tour of the vineyard, have a firsthand experience of the entire winemaking process starting from the picking of the grapes,  stomping of the grapes to the bottling of the wine. This is followed by a wine tasting session and some yummy food at their restaurant.


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The local winery near Channapatna



  • Maddur makes for an ideal chai break point where one can enjoy mouthwatering Maddur Vada, which is a local delicacy served with spiced coconut chutney.
  • Next you pass through Mandya, known as the Sugar City owing to its extensive sugarcane cultivation. It is a commercial hub with many markets and sugar factories
  • Srirangapatna, which apart from its many temples, is known for its bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many migratory birds and is set in close proximity to the Kaveri river, creating an ecosystem that is rich in flora and fauna.
  • Srirangapatna has also been a hotbed historically for the power struggle of the erstwhile Mysuru Empire. This influence can be easily seen with the architectural monuments that dot this town starting from the Wadiyars, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and the British. Srirangapatna was also the scene of the last and decisive battle fought between Tipu Sultan and the combined forces of the British East India Company and the Nizam of Hyderabad where the British reigned supreme. At the battle’s climax, Tipu Sultan was killed within the fort of Srirangapatanam, betrayed by one of his own confidants. The spot where he ultimately fell is marked by a memorial. Much of the site of the Battle is still intact including the ramparts, the Water Gate, the place where the Tipu Sultan’s body was found, the area where the British prisoners were held and the site of the destroyed palace.


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The Chamundeshwari temple near Mysuru


  • Mysuru is unarguably the cultural capital of Karnataka. It exudes with Royal Grandeur and has many attractions like the Royal Palaces, the Zoo, Chamundi Hills and temples like Nanjangud. It is well known for the Mysore Pak, a sweet dish, as well as the Mysore Peta, a traditional silk turban used in ceremonies. It also famous for Mysore Silk Sarees and the Mysore style of paintings used to depict mythological characters and events.


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The Mysuru Royal Palace


Just before entering Mysuru, you will come across a signal junction where you have to take a deviation for the Ring road. Exit the Ring road to connect to the highway leading to HD Kote known as the Mananthavadi Rd (SH-33). A 15-minute drive down that road while passing Antharasanthe will lead you to the Rajiv Gandhi National Park entry gate at Hunsekuppe, which is open from 6am to 6pm. The roads get narrower after this point as you enter the protected reserve. Navigate through these lands carefully as the path intertwines through many small villages. Just after the village of Karapura, you can view the beautiful Kabini backwaters, leading to The Serai Kabini tucked away amidst the lush foliage along the waterfront.


A refreshing beverage and courteous staff welcome you at the resort. You can enjoy the rest of the day soaking in the grandeur of the Kabini at the waterfront facing villas/verandah after checking in. Some of the amenities at the Serai Kabini include:
  • The Oma Spa where you get pampered with a variety of western and eastern holistic techniques. Here, you can relax on an altogether deeper dimension as the therapists’ dextrous fingers massage away the tension, cleanse the body and rejuvenate the spirit after your journey.


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The Oma spa at The Serai Kabini


  • Wildgrass, the multi cuisine restaurant, where one can enjoy sumptuous meals


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Wildgrass restaurant at The Serai Kabini


  • The Outpost, from where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the waterfront. One can also look forward to a day full of activities like bird-watching, water sports & camping


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The Outpost at The Serai Kabini


  • Wildlife Safaris, where one can avail the one-of-a-kind water safari, as well as the Jeep safari on land (on special request) depending on availability/weather conditions.


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Kayaking at Kabini


Birds, elephants, gaur, deer and other wild creatures like the tiger roam freely in this majestic jungle. You might be lucky enough to spot these animals taking a drink from the river, especially during the quiet time of the week when the crowds are away.

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A Gaur in Kabini



Come be one with nature this season and enjoy Kabini in all its glory. #Unweekend your getaway to enjoy special offers at The Serai during the weekdays by clicking on the following link:


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