One of the best wildlife destinations in India, Kabini is a part of the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve and National Park. Kabini or the Kapila river is a tributary of the river Cauvery. It originates from the Wayanad district in the state of Kerala by the confluence of the two rivers – Panamaram and Mananthavady. The river flows through the national park and is a major drinking water resource for the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is close to the Sargur town and creates a huge Kabani Reservoir and the backwaters are extremely rich in wildlife.

This paradise for nature lovers is just a three-hour drive away from Bengaluru. The drive is also spectacular with greenery all across the route. The exuberant Kabini jungle is home to leopard, gaur, antelope, crocodile, tiger, cobra, python, and herds of elephant among other animals. Venture out during the day and dawn in a Jeep Safari. Experience the amazing sights of the birds, jumping langurs, Asiatic Elephants, chitals, barking deer, panther, leopard, tiger and many more. Elephant Safari is the best way to get a whole new perspective of the wildlife in Kabini.


Kabini can be visited at any time of the year, but the best season for wildlife sighting is from November to January. The temperatures are pleasant at an average of 26°C during the daytime. The forest turns a lush green between July and October because of the rains and makes it another good period for a visit. It can get a little hot at 32°C and the humidity level also rises because of the rains.

How to Reach

Bangalore is the nearest Airport and is 208 km away from Kabini. The Bangalore Airport is well connected to all other major airports and major international flights are operated from the Bangalore Airport. Nearest railway station is Mysore, which is about 80 km away from Kabini. Mysore is well connected with other cities in India through Bangalore Majestic Terminal. Kabini is well connected by KSRTC buses to all neighboring cities including Bangalore. Bangalore and Mysore are also connected to Kabini by many deluxe buses.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Kabini is all about viewing number of elephants in this region. Tigers and leopards are much more elusive, while sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), antelope, sambar, wild boar and any number of monkeys live here. Kabini shelters the osprey, brown-headed fishing eagle, racket tailed drongo, golden backed woodpecker, stork and peafowl among almost 250 species of bird life.

Jeep safaris and elephant rides are some of the outdoor activities in Kabini that can be enjoyed. Besides jeep safaris and elephant rides, another interesting way to explore the jungles is by coracle. These are circular bamboo boats lined with buffalo hide, on which you float down the river. If this seems too daring, try cruising on a motorboat, sailboat or paddleboat.

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