Kabini – Enchanted Forest Getaway


Kabini in Karnataka is a land of serenity, adventure, dense forests and a magnificent river. Situated at about 205 kms from Bangalore, Kabani with lush green landscapes is home to largest number of Asiatic elephants.

Image source – Wikipedia/Kabini River

Highlights of Kabani

The wildlife sanctuary here is situated on the banks of the Kabani river and is spread over 55 acres.

The River Kabani Originating form Wayanad in Kerala forms the massive Kabini Reservoir near the town of Sargur. The backwaters here have a rich wildlife particularly in the start of summer when the water level is low and grassy meadows are formed all around the reservoir.

The best thing to do in Kabani is a jungle safari in the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary.
You can take a boat safari and a jeep safari in Kabani for a wholesome experience of the magical jungles here.

While on  jeep safari you can explore the interiors of the jungles, hillocks, lakes and more of Kabini. You can experience some of the  best jungle  sights ever and watch  tigers, elephants, peacocks, grey langurs, and chital in their natural habitat. In the evening, herds of elephants can be seen by the backwaters.

Image source –Nagarahole/jeep safari

Sailing along the calm waters of Kabani river while on a boat safari is amazing experience. Surrounded by dense forests, numerous birds and herds of animals the shores, boat safari here is a thrilling experience. You can also opt for a elephant safari while here.

Image source – Nagarahole/boat safari

Nagarhole National Park is another wildlife destination near Kabini for the wildlife enthusiasts.

Image source – Wikipedia/Nagarhole National Park

The best time to visit the Kabini is October to May. In the summer months of April and May, animals can be spotted near the lake. It is best to avoid visiting Kabani between June to September due to heavy monsoons .

Stay And Food

There are many high end jungle resorts in Kabani that provide a luxurious stay and tent stay in the jungles. You can also opt for home-stays, jungle lodges and hotels for a nice and comfortable stay.

There are no restaurants in Kabani but all the hotels and resorts provide Indian, Continental and local cuisines at reasonable rates.

Reaching Kabani

Bangalore Airport , at about 205 kms is the nearest international airport. Mysore at about 80 kms is the nearest railhead and also the nearest domestic airport. Kabani is well connected by roadways from Bangalore, Mysore and other nearby cities. KSRTC buses and deluxe buses are available too.

So if you are still wondering where  go this holiday season, plan a trip to the enchanted forests of Kabani and who knows along with elephants,  bisons, peacocks, leopards maybe you can spot a royal tiger too!