Kabini River


14.7/5(6 Ratings)

Kabini River Overview

Ranked 2 of 9 sightseeing in Kabini

Kabini River supports the ecosystem of Kabini Forest Reserve that is spread over an area of 55 acres on its banks. Popularly called Kabani and Kapila, the river originates in Wayanad District of Kerala, from the confluence of the Panamaram River and Mananthavady River. The river flows eastward to join the Kaveri River at Tirumakudalu Narasipura in Karnataka, which empties into the Bay of Bengal. Ecosystem of Kabini Reservoir supports the highest density of herbivores anywhere in Asia. 

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Reviews and Ratings

Lijo Varghese

Lijo Varghese4.3/5

58 reviews

A river located in an open space inside village

I visited Kabini River near Malai on the way to Wayanad from Mysore (11. 959879, 76. 273360). Its an open space inside village. No need any permission. You can just go there. Enjoy the water and the wind and come back.
  • A river located in an open space inside village
  • A river located in an open space inside village

Karandeep Kapany

Karandeep Kapany4.6/5

22 reviews

Delight River but elusive of Tiger

Well maintained and clean with very little human interference, the Kabini River is a delight. Numerous resorts dot this river and have a lot of water sports for enjoyment. You can enjoy Coracle rides along the river and spot many beautiful birds and animals. However, a Tiger or a Leopard will prove to be elusive and you will have to be up really early to be able to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

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Raghav Sharma

Raghav Sharma5.0/5

5 reviews

Very nice river

This place is a must visit if travelling in Karnataka. The views are fantastic. I would recommend to stay at Waterwoods Kabini as it has excellent rooms with great views of Kabini.

Rohan Khandelwal

Rohan Khandelwal5.0/5

41 reviews

Wonderful place for safari

Kabini is a heavenly place in India, just 2.5 hours fr Mysore. The drive itself is so scenic and what strikes you is the cleanliness. The river runs through three national parks and is an excellent site for wildlife sighting. This is one of the few places in India which offers a river safari. the safari is government run but it carried out very efficiently and the boats are very clean. It can either be done in the morning or evening, personally I like the evening safari because you get to see the sunset as well, crocodiles, deer, elephants & exotic birds are a common site along with picturesque scenery, must carry items:

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  • Wonderful place for safari
  • Wonderful place for safari
  • Wonderful place for safari

Venu Ananda

Venu Ananda5.0/5

3 reviews

The most place to see

The Kabini River begins its journey in the northern most tip of Kerala & joins Karnataka before merging with Cauvery at Narasipura. A quiet river meanders along. The Kabini Dam is located close to Mysore & is one of the must see places.

Devki panini

Devki panini4.3/5

2 reviews

The living river

Kabini is a "healthy" and thriving river supporting lots of wildlife and birdlife. And it offers amazing sights for wildlife photography as well. If you haven't been on the sunset wildlife boat cruise on the Kabini river, you are missing out on a lifetime experience!

Photos of Kabini River

Kabini River, Kabini

Photo by

Parthasarathy Rajendram

A Group of Deers grazing on the bank of Kabini.
Kabini River, Kabini

Photo by

Lijo Varghese

Kabini River, Kabini