One of my friends was reciting her encounter with a deer when she was a little kid. She was eating her breakfast happily when she felt someone nudging her. A little surprised, she turned back to look at those beautiful doe eyes which said “Do you want to be friends?” And what’s the first rule of friendship? Arey, share your food. And the little girl gleamed as her new friend ate the idlis from her plate. I’ve wanted to go to Kabini since I heard this beautiful breakfast story.
Kabini is the perfect place to spend few days in wilderness. It is named after River Kabini which flows through the region. Filled with a rich variety of flora and fauna, exquisite waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife, Kabini has everything that a nature lover aspires for. After looking at the popularity many resorts have popped up here. You will be living in luxury in the middle of the jungle. And possibly sharing your breakfast with your new friends!
How to Reach
Kabini is around 150 km from Bangalore. You can drive down in your car, hire a cab or board a bus from there.
Best Time to Visit
Kabini can be visited any time of the year. The area receives heavy rainfall from June to September, so if you want to go out and explore then you should avoid these months. November-January is the best time to spot the maximum number of wildlife.
Things to do
Go on a safari through Nagarhole National Park. Watch the wild elephants bathing in the river, the bisons and the antelops running with your jeep, and spot the leopards hiding in the trees. The drive in itself is very refreshing. Close your eyes and feel the cool breeze kissing your cheeks.
Take a Boat Safari. A trip out on the river is perfect for spotting birds. Take a boat safari in the evening, and see the beautiful birds. Don’t forget to carry your camera!
You can also go for a coracle ride on Kabini river. The views are stunning with the backdrop of the jungle and few animals strolling around them. Try to time your visit around sunset so that you can see the different hues of sky.
Visit Coffee and Spice Plantations. The small towns here are home to picturesque coffee and spice estates. Take a walk in the lush green plantations while sipping one of the best coffees.