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The forest reserve of Kabini is spread over an area of approximately 55 acres of lush green forest land. It comprises of the south-eastern part of Nagarhole National Park and lies on the serene quiet backwaters of the River Kabini, a tributary of River Cauvery. The Kabini River runs between the Bandipur National park and Nagarhole National Park at the foothills of the Western Ghats in Southern India. The Bisalwadi Kere Lake is located within the forest reserve.

Kabini was once known for the mass elephant trapping operations called “Kheda”, but today the reserve is believed to have the largest congregation of some 6000 Asiatic elephants. The need to conserve the elephants has gained importance as the elephants modify the habitat by converting savannah and woodlands to grasslands thus improving the landscape. They even indirectly provide water for other mammals by digging water holes in dry river beds and depressions created by their footprints.

Kabini used to be the private hunting lodge of Maharaja of Mysore. Later it was called the Viceregal Lodge and became a popular shikar or hunting area for the British viceroys and the Indian royalty.

Today the forest reserve is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India and is known for its abundant, varied and spectacular animal and bird life. The Kabini wildlife resort which is attached to the Forest reserve has also been rated among the top five in the world by ‘Tatler’s Travel’, a prestigious British Travel Magazine.

 Along with the National Parks of Bandipur and  Nagarhole, Kabini is an wonderful Weekend Getaway from Bangalore and a Mysore Weekend Getaway.

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Kabini is located

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Best time for wildlife sightseeing at Kabini is between November and June.

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Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation, 
Badami House, N.R.square, Bangalore- 560002.
Tel: 080-2275689/2275883/2212098
Website: www.kstdc.nic.in

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Bandipur National Park

The Bandipur National Park formerly belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore and was used as his private hunting park starting in 1931 and was declared a National Park in 1974.  The star attraction of Bandipur N...More>>>

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Kabini Dam

The Kabini River, also called Kapila, originates in Wayanad District (in Kerala) with the confluence of the Panamaram River and Mananthavady River.  From Kabini, it flows eastward to join the Kaveri (Cauveri) R...More>>>

Kabini Forest Reserve

The Forest reserve has almost 250 species of avian life that flock here in large numbers. They include osprey, brown headed fishing eagle, racket tailed drongo, golden backed woodpecker, stork, peafowl, egrets, hero...More>>>

Nagarhole National Park

Similar to Bandipur National Park, the area of Nagarhole National Park was historically used as the private hunting reserve of Maharaja of Mysore.  Subsequently, it became a popular shikar / hunting area...More>>>

Things To Do

Take a nature walk along the trail marked by the forest officials, but ensure that you are always accompanied by a guide.


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A beautiful etching (dated 1808) of an Elephant Hunt in action (Kheddah)<br />
Source:  Oriental Field Sports, Vol. I, by Thomas Williamson, 1808. Drawn by Thomas Williamson & Samuel Howitt.
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Mastigudi Temple (Mastigudi Lake) that is only visible during the dry summer months.    Source:  Orange County Kabini
The beautiful and premium Orange County Lodge at Kabini - Mastigudi Lake