Spread across Coorg, Mysore and Wayanad districts, the forests of Nagarhole
and Kabini are a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. These were the private hunting
grounds for the erstwhile royalty of Mysore, British viceroys and
Grand Dukes of Russia. A very rich diversity of flora and fauna, some
endemic to this region, attracts wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe.
Kabini: Kabini river originates in Wayand, flows eastward and eventually joins Cauvery river.
For irrigation purposes, a dam was constructed and the reservoir is at Sagur Villiage.
Sightings are more common during summer when water recedes, bringing wildlife to the river banks often. Kabini Forest Reserve is one of the best destinations in this genre due to lush green vegetation along the banks, all year activity and easy accessibility amongst others.
Nagarhole: Also known as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Park, this region is a Project Tiger Reserve.
A rich forest cover, streams, shallow swamps, smooth sloping valley make it the best habitat for Asiatic elephants. Jenu kuruba and Koraga tribes inhabit the region. They use traditional methods for gathering food and supplies. They rely on forest produce like wax, roots and tubers for their day to day life. Over the years, government has made provisions for communities' sustenance.