A few hours drive from Bangalore and you arrive at Kabini located at the edge of the Nagarhole National Park. The best place to visit Kabini is between the months of November and June. Kabini is famous worldwide for the exotic birds you can spot here but it is also well known for the budget resorts in Kabini that make it a pleasant stay.
Planning a trip to the nature hub of Karnataka, Kabini? You have got to try these 7 things while you are there.
A good old Jungle Safari in Kabini on a jeep will give you numerous chances to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. The open-air jeeps allow you to stand and soak in the wildlife. Remember to not wear loud clothes or draw attention to yourself in any way.
The Safari is organized under the supervision of the government and slots are given out on a first come first served basis. The best time to go on the Safari is between October to June so that you can spot several animals.
Animals that you are likely to see include bears, sambar, lions, gaurs, panthers and spotted deer.
The best way to experience Kabini is from the back of an elephant. You can have the most authentic experience this way and access terrain that you cannot reach via jeeps or other vehicles. Be sure to follow the rules laid down by the forest officials to avoid any mishaps.
Anytime of the year is good for a quick visit except monsoon. Keep your ears and eyes peeled for all the action in the jungle.
If you are fond of trekking, Kabini is the place to be. You can take a trek along the mountains and soak in the Western Ghats. You could also take a hike through the forests and enjoy the greenery. Most of these treks require the supervision of a guide and it is highly recommend that you get one if it is your first time trekking.
Most of the trekking takes place on Tadiyandamol, Brahmagiri and Kumara Parvatha. At 1750 meters, Tadiyadamol takes the number one position when it comes to height in the Kodagu region. You can also travel up Kumara Parvatha which is a whopping 4000 feet tall.
Be sure to carry all essential camping gear when you go for a trek.
Take a ride on the wild side in Kabini. You can take a bike and ride it through the Kabini forests giving you a whole new way to interact with nature. Not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of riding a bike, but you can also experience nature in Kabini.
This is precisely what Kabini is famous for. Over 240 species of birds can be spotted in Kabini. To experience bird watching thoroughly, you can check into a Kabini river resort along the Kabini river that organizes such bird watching expeditions with an expert guide who can spot rare birds easily.
What you might encounter during your bird watch – Peregrine Falcon, Cormorants, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Drongo and several different types of Kingfisher.
Take a coracle ride in the Kabini river and immerse yourself in Kabini’s wildlife. You can also watch an amazing sunrise or sunset from the coracle and watch fishermen fish and birds fly overhead. This Boating experience can also turn into a safari with a guide.
Kabini also has some retail therapy to offer. While most places offer a souvenir to take back home, Kabini’ shopping is limited to the Kodagu region. Few stalls here sell handicraft items as well as coffee from Coorg.
While in Kabini, you can also make a pit stop at Nagarhole or go see the Kabini dam. You could also enjoy a quiet bonfire in Kabini at your resort or along with the locals. Kabini has a lot to offer so make sure you take a few days off to revel in this beautiful place and have the time of your life.