Tourists going to Kabini must plan a trip to Kabini River that originates in the Wayanad District of Kerala. It is the place where Mananthavady River and Panamaram River meet. Kabini River, otherwise known as Kabani or Kapila, is renowned for maintaining the ecosystem of Kabini Forest Reserve, which covers an area of about 55 acres. This river later meets the Kaveri River at Tirumakudalu Narasipura.
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Tourists can visit the Kabini Dam that was constructed across this river in 1974. Kabini Dam measures 2,284 ft (696 metre) in length and 190 ft (58 metre) in height. It is situated in proximity of Beechanahalli village and is easily accessible from Heggadadevana kote. While on a trip to Kabini River, tourists are advised to explore the nearby Nagarhole National Park that is a favoured spot of Asian elephants.