Tucked away in Karnataka’s forests, Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary has a glorious wildlife scene which makes it so attractive to the travellers. The wilderness is home to glorious flora and fauna, with a healthy population of tiger, leopard, black panther and elephant roaming its undulated mountain ranges and valleys. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast or photographer, a jaunt here is highly recommended. Especially now, when the time is just about right for animal sightings.
Spread across 55 acres, it used to be the royal hunting ground of the kings of Mysore. However, today, it is an essential part of another reserve called the Nagarhole National Park.
There is no better way to experience Kabini than on a wildlife safari. Conducted twice a day; it is recommended that you take the early morning safari to witness more animals, as they come out for water before the temperatures rise.
It’s a delight to go on a boat ride on the calm waters of the Kabini lake in summers. You get a totally different perspective of the forest. It’s a great way to spot the avian species that nest around the waterways and freshwater crocodiles basking in the sun on the water banks. Choose from motorboat rides, pedal boats, rowboats, kayaks or even coracles.
A birder’s paradise
Kabini’s pristine riverine landscape is home to over 350 species of birds. Some of the frequently spotted birds include the grey-headed fish eagles, ospreys, great cormorants, Malabar Lark, Malabar trogon, Indian Pitta and the glorious Malabar pied hornbill.
Nature walks and campfire
A guided walk in Kabini forest reserve is another great way to explore the wilderness. You could also opt for bicycle trails for a little adventure. Make sure to have an interaction with the locals from the nearby tribal villages to add a dash of cultural to this experience. End your trip here with an evening campfire for some unforgettable memories.
The nearest domestic airport from Kabini is in Mysore, about 80km away and the nearest international airport is in Bangalore, about 230km away.