Situated in the state of Karnataka, Kabini is a rare hidden gem of Southern India, and although small, the many places to visit in Kabini is what makes it a favourite among tourists from across the globe. The wilderness, natural sights of the mountains and valleys, fishing activities, coffee plantations and more, is what you can look forward to on your visit here!

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Kabini tourist places worth visiting are the national parks which take you on memorable elephant-back rides, through the dense forests around. They also offer jungle safari trips where you can see the rarest of species roaming the jungles freely, just like they’re supposed to. The beautiful Kabini Dam, and quaint backwaters, ideal for boating, are definitely worth a visit if you want to indulge in a peaceful experience and are a nemophilist!

The viewpoint at the backwaters too, is a must-visit to get a glimpse of Kabini in all its glory! Wildlife resorts in Kabini offer an unparalleled experience as you find yourself in the midst of nature’s superlative creations. Tucked in the interiors, Kabini may seem distant, but remember, the roads less travelled are often the best!

Here is the list of best places to visit in Kabini:


Kabini Dam
Built in 1974, Kabini Dam situated in Mysore, is constructed on its namesake river, River Kabini, which is a tributary of the River Kaveri. The dam is considered an engineering marvel of South West India, which is why it tops the list of places to visit in Kabini. The dam’s vast reservoir is a significant source of water for at least 20 villages in the state of Karnataka.

The picturesque surroundings lined with trees and crystal clear waters flowing gently, make this reservoir ideal picnic spot with friends and family. You’re also sure to spot vibrant flora, birds fluttering around, and animals walking in the forests beyond as you immerse yourself in a memorable experience!

Price: Free

Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Jungle Safari
The places to visit in Kabini may be few, but every tourist spot stands out, emerging prettier than the other. The Jungle Safari that offers a view of rare fauna and exotic flora is one such spot which is a must-visit! Species are allowed to roam here in their natural habitat while you admire their majestic magnificence from a Jeep that keeps you at a safe distance from the wildlife.

Commonly seen here are bears, elephants, tigers, deer, gaurs, lions, the rare sambar, and the rarest of them all, the bison. The best time to head out for a Jungle Safari is the dry season between October and June when the animals wander freely through the wilderness.

Price: Rs. 150

Timings: Jeep safari: 5:30 am to 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
               Bus safari: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Stay in Wildlife Resort
Being a nature enthusiast, if you’re on the lookout for a great wildlife resort, Kabini is just the place to be! It’s lined with a range of beautiful resorts that offer everything from average tents to luxury rooms, modern amenities and lush greenery that adds to the pristine beauty of the resorts. Among sumptuous stays are The Serai which is close to the calm waters of the Kabini River, and the Kabini River Resort which is often featured in international publications for its serene beauty.

Pepper Green Resort is in close proximity to a coffee plantation and The Bison Resort is nestled within the dense Nilgiri Reserve. At most resorts, your fondest experience would be going to bed after soaking in the mesmerising sunset and waking up to the chirping of the birds! Sounds ethereal, doesn’t it?

Price: Varies as per place of stay

Timings: 24 hours 
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Elephant Safari
Kabini offers a unique Elephant Safari, especially at Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park, which are among the best places to visit in Kabini if you want to spot other rare animals on the prowl, along with elephants.

These safaris are unique because once you reach a point, jeeps and cars are inaccessible, which is when you hop onto elephant backs and are taken over the rough terrain that these mighty elephants have mastered! The best time to visit the elephant safari is in the monsoon when nature’s bounty is in full bloom and you’re riding under a canopy of trees, with the breeze in your face, exploring the wilderness. 

Price: Minibus: Adults: Rs. 250, Children: Rs. 125
          Jeep Safaris: Rs. 1,500 rupees per person

Timings: Minibus 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
               Jeep Safaris 6:30 AM and 3:30 PM
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Boating at Kabini River

The river is one of the most popular places to visit in Kabini. Boating here is a surreal experience because the panoramic visual beauty is a treat to the eyes! Most people prefer a boat ride either at the crack of dawn or at dusk, when the otherwise blue sky is a melange of colours, that lends a range of hues to the river as well, with its reflection.

Your options for rowing are a coracle ride which is a traditional round boat, or a motorboat, if you want to get to the other end quicker. But no matter what you pick, your boating experience at Kabini is sure to be a pleasant one!

Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

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Kabini Backwater ViewPoint
If you’re working on a list of Kabini tourist places, make sure Kabini Backwater ViewPoint is among the top sights, because one visit here and you’ve seen Kabini in all its glory! As you row gently over the backwaters you’ll first spot submerged trees with birds perched and chirping on the branches. As the sun sets, these birds fly in flocks, back home, which is indeed a unique and delightful sight to behold.

From the viewpoint, you can see the eye-pleasing backdrop of the mountains, and the animals strolling along, stopping by the banks of the river for a drink. As the name suggests, it is simply a viewpoint which showcases Mother Earth’s abundant allure, but if you’re looking for tranquility, both around and within, this is the perfect place to find it!

Timings: Open 24 hours
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Excellent place, the rooms were clean and the place feels amazing! Great staff and they help us and take good care a d the food was lovely and everything was very clean and well maintained
This is a beautiful place to live in nature, birds and animals are attractions,staff are very wonderful service,room quality is amazing . food is very delicious and serve in nicely...all in all it is worth to visit!

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