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Your boat bobs down the gently moving Kabini River, and suddenly you see a herd of elephants strolling casually out of a bamboo grove – not an unusual sight at the Nagarhole and Bandipur Parks, but certainly one that will make you catch your breath. The ride upstream is leisurely, giving you an opportunity to observe the beautiful waterscape around you. This part of the Kabini River is a bird lover’s haven, and you will hear the lilting cries and shrieks of a variety of avian life. Spotted deer and Sambar dot the river banks, frolicking and feeding on grass. You may see Marsh Crocodiles, with their easily identifiable long snouts, monkeys, ducks, the Indian Bison and mongoose – any sighting is a reminder that nature is abundant, and it takes many parts to be able to realise the whole. Kabini is a glimpse into the marvels of the natural world and the infinite web of creatures it nurtures.
Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, largely because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque lake, and sightings of large herds of elephants. Situated on the banks of the River Kabini, this forest reserve was once the private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore – Kabini was a shikar (hunting) hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian Royalty. If any animal rules Kabini, it is the elephant. The forest reserve houses…