Escape from the frantic pace and chaos of city life, into nature's very own lap in Kabini. Located on the banks of the Kabini River in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, this paradise is renowned for its rich flora and fauna, set amidst the famed Nagarhole forest. A five-hour drive from Bangalore brings you this idyllic getaway surrounded by lush green landscape and water body.
Set finely on the banks of Kabini River, this immaculate wildlife destination offers best accommodations, jungle safaris, treks, boating, and other fun activities for tourists; yet it maintains a delicate balance with nature. Whatever is on your tour itinerary, you will find a perfect fit in Kabini.
How To Reach Kabini
By air: Coimbatore, 127 km away from Kabini, is the nearest airport to Kabini. Nevertheless, Bengaluru Airport is recommended as it is well connected to Kabini.
By train: Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station to Kabini. And it is well connected to all the other cities in the country. Once you reach Mysore, you can book either a cab or a bus to Kabini.
By road: Roads are well connected to Kabini from across Karnataka. Many local and government buses operate between Kabini and other cities in Karnataka.
Best Time To Visit
Kabini is a splendid destination that can be visited at any time of the year. However, Kabini comes alive during winter and summer, i.e., from October to April. Avoid Kabini during Monsoon as it receives heavy rainfall from June to September.
Things To Do In Kabini
1. Safari drives in Nagarhole National Park
A drive along one of India's best forest reserves is an opportunity for adventure and nature lovers to witness and admire a wide range of rare flora and fauna. The safaris are conducted in open-air jeeps under the supervision of expert naturalists. Jungle safari usually starts in the mornings after sunrise, and safaris in the afternoon last for a few hours and end at sunset.
Tourists remain on the edge of their seats all through the ride as the naturalists point out the spots of wildlife activities. With so many things happening around in the forest reserve, one can barely think of anything else. And without any doubt, safari drive is one of the best things to do in Kabini.
2. Elephant ride
India is home to countless elephants, and most of them are domesticated. There are a few elephants that are residents of Kabini, and these marvellous animals are a delight to kids and animal lovers. Controlled by a mahout or elephant handler, tourists can ride on an elephant, along a terrain to spot the best wildlife activity thriving in and around the Kabini forest reserve. Some claim elephant safari to be better than a jeep safari fo many reasons.
Elephants are well-trained and are friendly. If you are lucky, you can also give a bath to an elephant in Kabini. All that said, a different vantage point on the back of an elephant is thrilling and enticing. It is one of the best things to do and ways to explore the wilderness in Kabini.
Trekking is the best stress-busting and refreshing activity to do when in Kabini. Kabini showcases an array of smooth rolling and cloud touching hills. It offers isolated yet lush green hills for trekking. Discover the best viewpoints by following a mountain trail with the local or a resort guide, who will introduce you to never seen before places and sites.
No matter what you do in Kabini, a trek along the hilly paradise will stay with you forever. Take a magical trek up the mountains to have a bird's eye view of the entire Kabini.
4. Bird watching
Kabini forest reserve is a natural habitat to over 240 species of resident and migratory birds. It harbours a rare variety of breeds like Peregrine falcon, Asian open bill, and Drongo, to name a few. Thus, it is considered to be birdwatchers' paradise. Tourists are recommended to carry binoculars in the hilly lands because with such diverse habitat, you never know.
Kabini is a perfect paradigm where nature meets human. Follow bird trails and be awe-inspired by the musical notes and colours these nature dwellers showcase.
5. Boat ride
Boating in the backwaters is one of the most relaxing and romantic things to do in Kabini. Take part in a boat ride and be totally oblivious to the urban callings, while you hold hands with your soulmate and partake in an endless conversation in the backdrop of scenic beauty. The best time to go on a boat ride is in the evenings to be a part of the sun's grand farewell.
6. Nagarhole wildlife tour
Nagarhole National Park, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is a must-visit place in Kabini. Be it the jeep safari or a leisurely nature walk, Nagarhole National park will surprise you with bustling wildlife activities like no other. One of the best feelings is to be humbled by the sight of animals and birds living together in the land of the unknown.
A typical walking safari is not recommended, but a safari on an open jeep will give you a wild experience like never before. The national park remains shut during the monsoon season, i.e., from July to October as the rains make it hard for both animals and tourists to meet each other.
If you think Kabini is all about adventure and wildlife activity, think again! Because Kabini is a great place to shop for authentic south Indian attire, wooden cutlery, souvenirs, and mementos. And there is no better feeling than spending a few hours shopping in a new city after much thrill-seeking activities. Though Kabini doesn't have shopping centres, it sure makes up big time with innumerable local shops.