If you are another Dr. Salim Ali in making or just an amateur bird watcher, Kabini wildlife sanctuary is a place to visit in Karnataka. Avid bird watchers call it one of the best bird sanctuaries in India.
Trekking in Kabini
The sanctuary houses as many as 250 species of birds. One can also spot endangered and rare species like Leopard, panther, sambhar, spotted deer, cheetal, panther, and more.
This Wildlife Sanctuary, situated on the banks of River Kabini, features a large quaint lake surrounded by verdant landscape. This forest reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland and water bodies. One can spot herd of elephants roaming in the area. Kabini wildlife sanctuary consists of the south-eastern part of Nagarhole National Park.
Kabini is an ideal place to pitch your camps and plan out a trek to Kumara Parvatha or Tadiyadamol nearby. Kabini backwaters is an ideal camping site that allows you to let down your hair and enjoy the pristine surroundings.
Tadiyadamol is the highest mountain range (1750 m) in Coorg region, and a trekker’s delight. The uphill trek leads you through grassland, mountain slopes, enchanting views and more. It’s located around Bangalore via Virajpet.
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Kumara Parvatha (4000ft) is located near Shri Kukke Subrahmanya Kshetra, a famous pilgrimage center in South Canara district. It’s nearly 18 km trek from the temple to the mountain peak.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity:
Kabini Dam: Built across Kabini River in 1974, the dam is located near Beechanahalli village. This dam is 58 m in height and 2284 ft long. You can access the dam from Heggadadevanakote.
Nagarhole National Park: Declared a national park in 1974, the part is said to be the best habitat for Asian elephants and one of the remaining one. It is surrounded by shallow valleys and gentle slopes on all sides
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Exact Location: It’s situated at the south-eastern end of Nagarhole, by the backwaters of the Kabini River.
Nearest Town: Mysore (80 km)
Distance from Bangalore: 220 Km
How to Reach:
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible from the other major towns of Karnataka. Regular buses ply between Bangalore and Kabini, and also between Mysore and Kabini. You can also hire a taxi from Mysore to Kabini.
Best Time to Visit: October to May
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Keep in your Trek Bag:
• Walking stick
• Hiking shoes
• Woolen clothes
• Water, juices, snacks
• Electric torch
• Medical kit
• A good compass
• An extra pair of clothes
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