"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order" - John Burroughs.
All people living in the cities hit similar feelings at some stages in life. Smoke and grime dominate their lives and all they need is some fresh air and pristine surroundings to let their senses fall in place. One such getaway is Kabini- lying cozily in the southern periphery of the Nagarhole National Park.
The sharp valleys with dense and rich forests and clear blue pools steering between trees is a sight for tired eyes!. Kabini has been rated as one amongst the top five wild resorts in the world by a British magazine. Written below is a guide for nature lovers on the location of Kabini, sights at Kabini, Kabini resort and the best time to visit and how to get there. Kabini is located in Nagarhole National Park, at its south-eastern end and river Kabini a tributary of River Cauvery flows as the backwaters.
It is located 80 kms from Mysore and 220 kms from Bangalore. The easiest approach to this place is from Mysore by road. Kabini is located on the Mysore-Manantawadi road, approximately a five hour drive from Mysore. The nearest railway station is Mysore and the nearest airport is Bangalore. Kabini is well connected by road from Mysore and Bangalore. Hiring your own taxi or driving down from Mysore would be the best option.
Sights at Kabini
Elephants are the rulers at Kabini. With luck you can catch tuskers playing in the waters of River Kabini. Leopards, gaurs, crocodiles, tigers, antelopes, pythons and monkeys are found here. Kabini is also shelter to almost 250 varieties of birds such as the brown-headed fishing eagle, golden backed woodpecker, osprey, racket tailed drongo, and peafowl.
The Maharaja of Mysore once used the lodge at Kabini River as his private hunting lodge. Later it became the Viceregal lodge for the British - used to entertain the British Viceroys and Royalty who came from abroad. Kabini is one of the favorite and best wildlife resorts of Karnataka, spread over 55 acres of forestland and river.
Kabini River lodge organizes elephant back safari, wildlife watching treks and jeep safaris into the forest. Guides from the Kabini river lodge take travelers for walks and can suggest safe paths for walks. Travelers also have the choice of watching animals from the watchtower near the river.
For the adventurous travelers, they can try the coracle, a boat made from bamboo and lined with buffalo hides to explore the forests. There are regular motor boats, sail boats and paddle boats for the less adventurous.
The forests are at their greenest during July after the monsoon season and remain lush green through October. The best season to view animals is from November to May. Monsoon leaves the forest green and the avian population chirps with enthusiasm...
Kabini River Resort
Kabini can be visited all through the year but the best time to visit is between November and May. This is the period when any visitor can get to watch the wildlife at its best. From July to October, the entire forest is a green paradise and visitors who don't mind the intermittent showers can relish Kabini at this time too. Summer temperatures rise up to 32 degrees and winter low falls down to 16 degrees centigrade.
Kabini River lodge established years ago has royally styled rooms, cottages by the side of the river and tents with all modern facilities. Tariffs are fixed differently for Indian citizens and foreign nationals. Typically tariff is inclusive of forest entry, elephant rides, safaris and wildlife tours.