Located on the banks of the languid Kabini River, this wildlife reserve is one of the best places to see animals in Karnataka. Lush green and abundant with wildlife, Kabini leaves you with an experience of wanting to come back again. Home to Elephants, Sambhar, Chital, Langurs, Sloth Bears, Bisons, snakes, crocodiles, leopards and the elusive Tiger, Kabini also is a bird watchers paradise.
A dam on the Kabini River built at Beechanhalli resulted in the formation of a sixty square kilometer lake that acts as a border between the Nagarhole National Park and the Bandipur National Park. The shores of this lake abound with wildlife and the lake itself is home to a large number of bird species. A visit to the lake could bring you in the proximity of elephants, barking deer, mouse deer, herds of Bisons and Sambhar, and if you are indeed fortunate a glimpse of the elusive leopard and tiger. Bird watchers can enjoy the flocks of egrets, painted storks, herons and ibis, just to name a few. The flash of color as the kingfisher darts into the water to emerge with a fish is a sight that will never leave you. Tall stumps are all that is left of the trees which were inundated when the lake was formed, and it is on top of these that you see the perched Crested Serpent Eagle, scanning the area even as your eyes are drawn upwards to the soaring flight of the vultures.
Kabini however is known for its elephants. According to the census there are over fifteen hundred of these gentle giants roaming the forests of Nagarhole, of which Kabini is a part. As per reports of Project Elephant, the forests of Bandipur, Madumalai, Nagarhole and Biligirirangana, all of which are close to each other and have established elephant corridors, the numbers of elephants living here is well over six thousand.
With waterfalls, lakes and the abundant wildlife, Kabini is the perfect place to visit – far from the madding crowd of the city, surrounded by the beauty of nature at its best, listening to the calls of the jungle, taking an elephant safari or just a boat ride on the Kabini River. Visit this venue if you love to spend quality time in nature and are immensely fond of photography.