Kabini Tourism

Kabini Tourism

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Kabini Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Jungle

History of Kabini

Kabini is found in the Karapur Forest Area of Karnataka, nestled among the Western Ghats. Home to exotic flora and fauna, the forests surrounding Kabini are unique in diversity and richness.

Irrigation tanks indicate that there used to be agricultural lands within the forests in a previous time. While the Lingayat kings of the area controlled these lands, forests were open for the people to cultivate.

A Forest Department was established in 1860 to reduce the damage that the lands were facing and were soon declared as government owned reserved forests.

The area was deemed a National Park in 1974 and there are many places to see in Kabini.

People and Culture of Kabini

The way of life in Kabini has been preserved for years as a result of indigenous tribes that have been protected from the changing outside world making Kabini tourist places just a glimpse into their lives.

Though their history is not entirely clear, one theory suggests that many Kurubas settled down in these areas after the Pallavan empire fell. While some claimed lands and became farmers, others took to hiding in the forests and moulded their life around the environment and their cultures and traditions are therefore unique due to their confinement and no contact with the outside world.

This has lead to the development of a rich culture in Kabini. There are no large festival celebrations in Kabini as it is a forest reserve and prime importance is given to its inhabitants – humans, flora and fauna.

Things to do in Kabini

Kabini sightseeing is the most popular option of things to do here. Take a trip through the forests in jeep safaris or elephant rides so you can blend in the natural surroundings and view the animals in their habitat without being a disturbance to them.

Other things to do in Kabini are a visit to the Kabini dam which has a reservoir that has a lot of wildlife around the area and is found 40km from the city. Besides this, you can boat on the Kabini river in boats or coracles.

Kabini places to visit include the Nagarhole National Park which is home to unique flora and fauna including some critically endangered species. The Irrupu falls is found nearby, on the banks of which you can find the Rameshwara Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Ram. It is found amongst paddy fields and forests and offers an exquisite view to all visitors.

Food and Shopping in Kabini

Places to visit in Kabini include shops and stores. Though there aren’t many shopping options in Kabini, you can find some small handicrafts and souvenirs made by locals at certain small shops. The tribal people make unique items that you can take back home to remind you of your time in Kabini.

Local delicacies such as dosas, ragi mudde, jolada roti, akki roti etc can be found at most hotels and accommodations which are an important Kabini attraction. Though the choice of cuisine is limited, what you do find is some of the most exquisite local food that is correctly spiced and prepared. The cuisine of this area is primarily reflective of its surroundings which some elements of the neighbouring states. It is rich in both vegetarian and non-vegetarians choices

Accommodation in Kabini

The advantage of Kabini is that there are plenty of options to stay right in the heart of the forest areas. From luxurious resorts to small hotels and guest houses, each accommodation option has its own advantages- personalized tours and safari rides, activities and entertainment for at the hotel and various other services.

If you are wondering how to reach Kabini, Kabini can be easily reached by air, rail or road. Kabini tours and sightseeing in Kabini can be arranged through hotels or travel operators, as well as your stay at hotels in Kabini.

Kabini is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mysore and Bangalore.

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Kabini Traveller Reviews

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Deepakanthan raju

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  • Deepakanthan raju
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  315 readers

"Kabini in one word is awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2017
Kabini is just a awesome place where middle of the forest we stay in a resort with all amenities, just near the resort kabini river flows we can go for a boating, coracle ride, jungle safari, everything is in one place I suggest everyone if you plan to visit kabini just go see the nature stay with nature you will enjoy a lot.
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Balaji Padmanabhan

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  • Balaji Padmanabhan
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2021 readers

"Super location with great weather!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 10, 2016
The backwater of Kabini is very scenic and quite possibly the best holiday spot in Karnataka. There are very limited options for stay such as jungle lodges, Waterwoods, Orange County, Serai and Bison. All these hotels are very expensive and are relatively small in size. The best time of travel According to me for weather is May - August during the monsoo season as the rest of south India is very hot and sultry during this period. Highly recommend a stay in Kabini and it is one of my favourite holiday designations.
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Priyanka Agarwal

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  • Priyanka Agarwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  5037 readers

"A Paradise for wildlife enthusiasts"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2016
I had visited Kabini in April 2015, and I fell in love with the place. We stayed at Bison resort which took care of all our activities. It was a lovely resort and I stayed in a refacing cottage. It was beautiful to wake up to that. They organised 2 kind of Safaris for us - The Jeep safari and The boat safari.

I went for the Jeep safari both days, since I was very eager to spot wild cats (tiger and leopard). The safari experience was Brilliant! It was my first safari and I actually spotted a magnificent tiger, walking majestically in front of our Jeep. All of us just sat there in awe of it's magnificence. We took as many photographs as we could, and just when we thought our trip was successful we spotted a family of doles(wild dogs).

It was a truly amazing experience and I fell in love with the Jungle after this trip. Kabini is a Paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. There were many professional photographers as well who were with us in the Jeep safari.

If you want a different experience and love nature, this is the place to be!
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Shamik Dubey

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  • Shamik Dubey
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 23 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  15950 readers

"Best place to spend your vacation!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2015
This is a lovely place and best time to go there is november, december & january. This is real good relaxing, peaceful place for one to get close to nature. Food is good although not much option but quality wise they are good, nice people. Advice is one should have sufficient cash and if you are driving then keep your tank full.
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Utkarsh Singh

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  • Utkarsh Singh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  7494 readers

"Awesome place & best place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2015
Its a beautiful place surrounded by Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National park. Must visit. We stayed in the bison resorts which is quite a beautiful resort. Activities you can do there is go for wildlife safari, tribal village walk, trekking, dinner next to river and many more sporting activities.
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Sourav Arya

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  • Sourav Arya
  • Lives in Howrah
  • 13 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  8998 readers

"It was just Wow!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2015
Mine was a honeymoon trip. But I must call it more of an adventurous trip. Kabini was awesome. Around 20-25 kms away from cities, this place is surrounded by various wildlife sanctuaries. If you're a wildlife lover, this is the place for you. Yes, I spotted a tigress with its cubs on the first day. Probably it was only my good luck but it's said that the safari rides there are very good and very much professional. My stay at The Bison was great. Again an awesome place with an African styled tent based resort.
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Kitty Kapoor

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  • Kitty Kapoor
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  9268 readers

"Supreme and expensive destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2015
I am in love with Nagarhole Tiger Reserve! The views from the back waters of the forests are spectacular! Also this is leopard country and we were lucky enough to see one in close quarters. Definitely would like to visit again soon!! Only draw back is that the destination Kabini is getting very expensive.
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Manak Bothra

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  • Manak Bothra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews
  •  47 helpful votes
  •  14637 readers

"Romantic place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015
Kabini - serai resort is very romantic place and is surrounded by forest and one side river and one side forest. It is 73 km from Mysore. And there you can find very good North Indian food also. And at evening you can see sunset near river side and with family also you can enjoy fully.
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Rama Subramania

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  • Rama Subramania
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  14688 readers

"Excellent destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2015
Nice place to visit and enjoy along with family and children. Safari is enjoyable and more relaxing. Quite place and overall experience was really wonderful. Visited Mysore Palace and quite impressed. Spent time in bazaar and bought various things attracted by children.
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Aritro Dasgupta

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  • Aritro Dasgupta
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 33 Reviews
  •  167 helpful votes
  •  45841 readers

"A beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2015
Very beautiful place. I will recommend everyone to go there and have a good life. I have not seen such abundant wildlife anywhere else in India, perhaps with the exception of Sunderbans. Abundantly green countryside plus heavy rains make it an idyllic place. The local people are also quite helpful. They have all heard of JLR, as it is a government body and has employed a lot of locals in their various resorts.
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