Situated in the state of Karnataka, Kabini is a rare hidden gem of Southern India, and although small, the many places to visit in Kabini is what makes it a favourite among tourists from across the globe. The wilderness, natural sights of the mountains and valleys, fishing activities, coffee plantations and more, is what you can look forward to on your visit here!
Among Kabini tourist places worth visiting are the national parks which take you on memorable elephant-back rides, through the dense forests around. They also offer jungle safari trips where you can see the rarest of species roaming the jungles freely, just like they’re supposed to. The beautiful Kabini Dam, and quaint backwaters, ideal for boating, are definitely worth a visit if you want to indulge in a peaceful experience and are a nemophilist!
The viewpoint at the backwaters too, is a must-visit to get a glimpse of Kabini in all its glory! Wildlife resorts in Kabini offer an unparalleled experience as you find yourself in the midst of nature’s superlative creations. Tucked in the interiors, Kabini may seem distant, but remember, the roads less travelled are often the best!
Here is the list of best places to visit in Kabini:
The picturesque surroundings lined with trees and crystal clear waters flowing gently, make this reservoir ideal picnic spot with friends and family. You’re also sure to spot vibrant flora, birds fluttering around, and animals walking in the forests beyond as you immerse yourself in a memorable experience!
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Commonly seen here are bears, elephants, tigers, deer, gaurs, lions, the rare sambar, and the rarest of them all, the bison. The best time to head out for a Jungle Safari is the dry season between October and June when the animals wander freely through the wilderness.
Price: Rs. 150
Timings: Jeep safari: 5:30 am to 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Pepper Green Resort is in close proximity to a coffee plantation and The Bison Resort is nestled within the dense Nilgiri Reserve. At most resorts, your fondest experience would be going to bed after soaking in the mesmerising sunset and waking up to the chirping of the birds! Sounds ethereal, doesn’t it?
Price: Varies as per place of stay
Timings: 24 hours
These safaris are unique because once you reach a point, jeeps and cars are inaccessible, which is when you hop onto elephant backs and are taken over the rough terrain that these mighty elephants have mastered! The best time to visit the elephant safari is in the monsoon when nature’s bounty is in full bloom and you’re riding under a canopy of trees, with the breeze in your face, exploring the wilderness.
Price: Minibus: Adults: Rs. 250, Children: Rs. 125
Timings: Minibus 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The river is one of the most popular places to visit in Kabini. Boating here is a surreal experience because the panoramic visual beauty is a treat to the eyes! Most people prefer a boat ride either at the crack of dawn or at dusk, when the otherwise blue sky is a melange of colours, that lends a range of hues to the river as well, with its reflection.
Your options for rowing are a coracle ride which is a traditional round boat, or a motorboat, if you want to get to the other end quicker. But no matter what you pick, your boating experience at Kabini is sure to be a pleasant one!
Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
From the viewpoint, you can see the eye-pleasing backdrop of the mountains, and the animals strolling along, stopping by the banks of the river for a drink. As the name suggests, it is simply a viewpoint which showcases Mother Earth’s abundant allure, but if you’re looking for tranquility, both around and within, this is the perfect place to find it!
Timings: Open 24 hours