The region of Kabini is very well known for its wildlife, thanks to the Kabini Wildlife Reserve, which is a part of the Nagarahole Nature Reserve. It is a very popular destination among tourists who visit Karnataka and is located about 163 km from Bangalore.
The Kabini Forest Reserve in Karnataka is named after the river Kabini which flows through it. It forms the south eastern part of the Nagarahole Nature Reserve. The Kabini Forest Reserve covers 55 acres of land and consists of dense forests, hilly regions and lakes and streams.
The Kabini Dam forms a huge lake here called the Mastigudi Lake, after the village that was submerged by it. This dam separates the Nagarahole Nature Reserve from the Bandipur reserve.
The Stunning Varieties of Thriving Life
This region receives varying amounts of rainfall and the vegetation varies accordingly. It ranges from dry deciduous in areas with less rainfall to moist and deciduous in regions that receive more than 1000 mm of rains every year. In between, there are grasslands and shrubs and marshy areas.
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The Kabini Forest reserve, and in a broader view - the Nagarahole Reserve, support a huge number of herbivores, especially elephants. The region has the largest concentration of Asian Elephants.
There is a huge variety of herbivores like chitals, four horned antelopes, sambhar, wild pigs, gaur, langurs, munjtak, macaques and of course, elephants. The abundance of herbivores in turn supports a large number of predators, including tigers, leopards and Dholes (Indian Wild Dogs).
Go on a safari through the jungle and you will be able to see the wildlife up close. You will have the chance to spot huge herds of elephants, see chitals and sambhars and barking deer, langurs and macaques, sloth bears, gaurs, panthers, crocodiles, tigers and wild dogs. Kabini has over 300 species of birds, and is an ornithologist's paradise.
It has ospreys, grey-headed fish eagles, pied hornbill, great cormorants, larks, Malabar trogon and more.
A Whole Lot to Do - Tourist places in and around Kabini
The main attraction of Kabini tourism is of course the Jungle Safari and the Elephant Safari. A boat ride on the lake can help you spot sambhars and chitals on the water's edge, and see crocodiles sunbathing on the banks.
Nature walks, jungle treks, boat rides, cycling, bird watching, bonfire nights, and trips to local villages are other fun activities that you can enjoy here. Kabini is one of the most enchanting natural holiday spots in the country and it offers a feast to the mind and spirit, with its rich wildlife and enchanting scenic beauty. This is definitely one of the must see places in Karnataka one that you should definitely not miss!
The period between November and June is considered ideal for visiting Kabini
Kabini is accessable by air,road and train.