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Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary review

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Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Mr.rai
20th Nov 17

BRAHMAGIRI HILLS

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Brahmagiri

Anoop M
19th Nov 17

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Reasons to go to Kabini

1To have freshly brewed coffee from its coffee plantations
To have freshly brewed coffee from its coffee plantations

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhinav Anand adds, “This park borders the Kabini River on one end and the coffee plantations of Coorg on the other. It merges into the evergreen forests of Wayanad once you cross in Kerala. Having freshly brewed coffee is an experience that you must never miss. This park is truly a gem of South India

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2Experience the magic of receding reservoir backwaters, Kabini
Experience the magic of receding reservoir backwaters, Kabini

]HolidayIQ reviewer Pio Manoj adds, "As nature lovers Kabini river lodge provided our family a pathway to enter into a wonderful new horizon where the only activity was just to enjoying nature. A different world which reduced our stress and replaced it with enjoyment and fun. The various sound of insects, birds, animals, trek boat and coracle ride natural trail along with its variety of food. Most important is the systematic planning of each scheduled activity, which will help the travellers to be fully packed up with various events and above all it is a different world where we can found peace by being close to nature. "

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3Serene wild backwaters at Kabini
Serene wild backwaters at Kabini

HolidayIQ reviewer Sunil says, Kabini is located on the backwaters and a wonderful place to relax. A boat ride in the backwaters is a must. Take a ride into the jungle and try to spot wild animals. Elephant training camp, safari ride and visit the old temple in the island from the resort are a few must do activities."

HolidayIQ reviewer Rohan adds, "I visited Kabini with family and had a truly wild life experience.One of the best experience in Kabini is the safari and wildlife adventure. Its a once in a lifetime experience. Food was simply amazing. A recommended place for wildlife enthusiast." 

Best way to get to Kabini: 

Bangalore airport, 208 km away, is the most convenient transit to Kabini. 

Mysore railway station is just 80 km from Kabini. 

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4For some tiger spotting by the borders of Kabini River
For some tiger spotting by the borders of Kabini River

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhinav Anand says, “Beautiful park; This is a very special tiger park in South India which borders the Kabini River on one end and the coffee plantations of Coorg on the other. It merges into the evergreen forests of Wayanad once you cross in Kerala. The elephant, leopard and tiger populations are very healthy which signifies the strength of the ecosystem. This park is truly a gem of south

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5To catch sight of the sloth bear by Kabini River
To catch sight of the sloth bear by Kabini River

HolidayIQ Reviewer Snehal Raibole adds, “An ethereal wild haven flanking the Kabini river, Nagarhole is a blend of dense jungle and open grounds along the river banks, which makes it a perfect for wildlife watching. The park is home to the sloth bear and we never want to miss out seeing the gentle creatures. The wildlife safari experience is something that you'll cherish forever owing to the number of rare animal sightings this park is known for. Make the effort and get up early to watch some of the most colourful and beautiful birds while boating across the river. The mist combined with the chill in the air and the streaks of morning light dancing across the horizon is a sight to behold. Go wild in Nagarhole.”

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Reviews (41)

Deepakanthan raju

Deepakanthan raju5.0/5

3 reviews

Kabini in one word is awesome

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.

Rakesh shivran

Rakesh shivran

1 review

Absolutely stunning place. One of the best river-banks around Bangalore.

We love to go to river-bank resorts - nothing is more relaxing than spying down on the river bank with a book in your hands all day listening to that beautiful rhythm of water going somewhere continuously. And so, we have been to many river-side jungle lodges and resorts and I can say with most certainty, nothing comes even remotely close to being absolutely stunningly beautiful than Kabini river. I am actually surprised why this place is not talked about more in Bangalore. This is right in league of those beautiful Lake destinations in europe. Beautiful weather and an amazing view of river and hills. Our stay at waterwoods resort was equally great.

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Recommended Duration in Kabini

Number of days to spend in Kabini as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

10%

2 days

40%

3 days

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4 days

10%

Kabini Overview

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.



Photos of Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

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Snehal Raibole

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

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