Dubare is a picturesque forest area famous for its elephant training camp. It is located on the banks of the river Cauvery in between Siddapur and Kushalnagar.
During the reign of erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, this place was used to train elephants for the Mysore Dussehra festival.
An elephant training camp of the Forest Department of Coorg is located here.
Local tribe, Kurba, dwell in Dubare. Here, you can observe and learn a great deal about the elephants.
Also, visitors can take part in a number of activities with the elephants.
Dubare offers a number of trekking opportunities and also you can indulge in adrenalin pumping activity like river rafting.
The place due to its sublime verdant beauty is also a preferred destination for nature lovers.
There are two rafting options available for the rafters - 8.5 km run and 12 km run.
The longer run depends on the water level. You pass through thick forests and scenic surroundings negotiating mostly the calm rapids.
River rafting here allows you to rejuvenate yourself and enjoy the flow of the river.
River rafting here is safe and its usually a smooth stretch.
Trekking: The best way to explore and discover Dubara is by trekking.
The jungle trek provides you an opportunity to get up close with the wilderness and its wildlife beauties.
Angling: One can also go angling in the swirling waters of Kaveri. Anglers can indulge in angling for the finest game fish Mahseer.
How to Reach
Bangalore - Mysore - Kushalnagar - Madikeri
From Bangalore: You can reach Dubara via Mysore, Kushalnagar, Gudde Hosur, Siddapura.
Around 15 km on the Siddapur Main Road, you will find a JLR Dubare Camp board, taking a left turn from here will lead you to Dubare.
By Air : The nearest airport is in Bangalore.
By Rail : The nearest railhead is in Mysore.
Exact Location: Dubare is located near Madikeri in the Kodagu District
Nearest Town: Udipi (50 km), Mysore (75 km)
Distance from Bangalore: 253.5 km
Best Time to Visit: mid-June to mid-September
Nagarhole National Park: This national park is a bio-sphere reserve. Its nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, and is surrounded by shallow valleys and gentle slopes on all sides.
Nagarhole is blessed with some of the rare Indian Wildlife species.
It hosts a diverse variety of trees and shrubs, and animal life. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded.
Cauvery Nishadhama: This is a beautiful 64-acre island created by River Cauvery.
It is located 28 km from Madikeri, 2 km from Kushalanagar, and 11 km from Dubare camp.
The surrounding area consists of dense foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees.
The major attractions of Nishadhama are elephant rides and boating.
Elephant Camp: Dubare Elephant Camp is a project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges and resorts. .
The camp is located at the edge of Dubare forest, and houses an incredible number of trained elephants.
Harangi Dam Site: The dam is located 36 km from Madikeri.
The beautiful reservoir is a perfect spot for arranging picnics. The dam has been built across Cauvery River.