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Nagarhole-Kabini
From Bangalore
 202 km
 3 hrs 58 mins
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. 
Getting to Nagarhole-Kabini
  • Witness the largest congregation of Asian elephants in the world
  • Time to visit: October to May
  • Trek through the forests of Nagarhole
  • Kabini was a popular hunting hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian royalty
Getting to Nagarhole-Kabini
Irpu Falls: Nestled away in the Brahmagiri Range, legend has it that the pristine waters of these falls have the power to cleanse sins. Located in the Kodagu district and bordering Wayanad these falls attract thousands of devotees on Shivarati day.
Timings: 8am to 7pm, every day.

Kutta: It is the nearest town to Nagarhole and is in South Kodagu. Kutta, with estates of coffee, spices, betel nuts, bananas and paddy, is a small town with a population of about 5000 people. The spoken languages here are Kannada and Malayalam, Kutta being very close to Kerala border.
Jeep Safari: The worlds largest congregation of Asian Elephants assembles in the forests of Kabini and Nagarhole during the months of October and February.

Boating: Either boating by your self, or taking the boat safari offered by some of the resorts here, the tranquility of the backwaters will take you by surprise.
Timings: 10am to 6.30pm

Elephant Safari: A tour of the forest on the back of an elephant is an altogether awe-inspiring experience. Normally organized by the resort, the safari lasts about 2 hours.

Trekking: Enjoy a trek through the forests of Nagarhole in the early morning hours to truly witness wildlife first hand.
There aren't many well known restaurants around, but all meals at any resort are prepared with the freshest produce from nearby villages.
Many souvenir shops will have tiger or elephant themed products to purchase, at reasonable costs.
Languages spoken: Kannada, English, Hindi

Currency: Indian Rupee

Climate: Favorable around October, May sees the onset of summer.  

Connectivity: Within the forest, connectivity will be restricted.

Visitor Information: Backwater cruises, coracle rides, elephant safaris and night safaris are in hotel and resort premises.

Etiquette: Tourists are welcome, but one should be sensitive and considerate about wildlife habitats. Big cats are a rare sighting; do not expect to see one on every safari or trail. Wear comfortable but muted clothes. Avoid sudden movements and be aware of certain forest codes that apply. Do not shout or get excited over a sighting. Never get out of the dedicated vehicle unless suggested by the guide. Do not stop, honk litter, smoke or drink in the forest premises. Keep away from forest trails on a private vehicle. Follow instructions wisely.
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The 'Spirit of the Land' philosophy of Orange County finds its most intimate expression at Kabini, where the casual visitor is drawn into the very bosom of the Nilgiri biosphere.While you are cradled in the lap of luxury, the Resort manages to give you a wildlife experience like no other along with a breath- taking view of panoramic vistas.
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Located at the northern fringe of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this eco-friendly resort will not disappoint serious wildlife enthusiasts or leisure travellers looking for luxury in an unspoilt, pristine, natural environment.
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Serene and tranquil through the day and yet exciting and stimulating at night, the Bison, a boutique tented camp, the first of its kind in India, offers luxury in the lap of adventure. Located between the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks on the shores of the exotic Kabini river, it offers you the perfect wildlife adventure.
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Nestled in the southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park, the Kabini River Lodge is a perfect getaway for nature lovers. The breathtaking locale with the tranquil backwaters of the River Kabini presents an ideal setting for a long-awaited vacation.
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