10 Things to Do in KABINI - 2021 Updated List
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Activities to Do in Kabini

If you are looking for things to do in Kabini, look no further! What were once the private hunting grounds for the British are now a hotbed of activity. At Kabini, you can spot tigers, leopards, elephants, crocodiles and many other denizens of the wild in their natural habitat. There are many ways to venture into the jungles; on RVs, boats, elephants, the choices are many! 

Apart from the animals, the place itself is simply breathtaking. Amidst glorious sunsets and sunrises over the backwaters, peaceful evenings by a dam or an early morning bird-sitting trek in the vibrant green foliage, you will not have one dull moment! You can spend your days enjoying views of the calm waters from a balcony in your cottage, go boating on the river or head straight into the wild. Whether you plan on a day trip or spend a week exploring this natural paradise, you are sure to have a memorable time at Kabini! 

Here are some of the best things to do in Kabini:

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Elephant Safari

Riding on the back of an elephant is a thrill in itself but riding on its back while venturing into the jungle definitely has to be one of the best things to do in Kabini. The uneven terrain of the jungle makes riding on jeeps a challenge and also treacherous but getting to see the jungle while sitting on the back of one of its huge denizens is simply unforgettable. 

You can ride on the tame elephants and venture into the jungle and truly be a part of the surroundings. The well-trained guides can take you into the parts where you have a better chance of observing the animals and birds without disrupting the flow of their day.

Price: Rs. 900 per person

 6.30 AM to 3.30 PM


Jungle Safari

A jungle safari through the Kabini region of the Nagarhole National Park will bring you to the heart of the dense foliage where some of the most majestic mammals of Asia live. You can spot herds of elephants, spotted deer, Indian Gaur, wild boar, sambar deer, tigers and even black leopards on a safari through Kabini. Apart from the fauna, the landscape itself is a spectacular one. 

The riotous green foliage grows unchecked in these parts of the forest and offers a pleasant contrast to the city life. There are also a number of streams that pass through the wilderness, not only attracting more animals but also creating ideal photo opportunities. 

Price: Approx. Rs. 1,500 per person

Timings: All safaris take place between 5:30 in the morning and 7:00 at night.


Boat Safari at Kabini River

A boat safari on the Kabini River is an ideal way to bask in the beauty of the lush green surroundings as you are taken deeper into the jungle. The beginning of the safari takes you up-close to the rural life of the area as you are surrounded by local villages and people going about their everyday life. 

Soon, the villages and the houses start to fade away and are replaced by dense forest cover. You can observe the marsh crocodiles in their natural habitat, smooth-coated otters playing in the water and a myriad of water birds dipping in and out of the water. 

Price: Approximately Rs. 2,000 per person 

Timings: Usually takes 3 hours; safaris start at 6:30 in the morning. The last safari usually returns by 6:30 in the evening. 


Visit Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park enjoys the status of a premier tiger reserve and is also under consideration by UNESCO for selection as a World Heritage Site. One of the top things to do in Kabini is to go visit Nagarhole National Park. The park falls under the Nilgiri biosphere reserve and is characterised by many streams, waterfalls, dense forest and even mountains.

It is also known to have the highest density of herbivores on the entire continent. From sighting birds to tigers, and from going on jungle safaris to visiting lakes, there are a plethora of things to do at the national park. 

Price: Rs. 250 per person. 

Timings:  Daily; 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Stay at Wildlife Resorts

The picturesque surroundings and uninhibited reign of nature, make Kabini a hub of wildlife resorts and lodges. You can book a lodge bang in the heart of the forest like the Kaav Safari lodge or choose to stay by the banks of a river and book Kabini Springs Resort. 

If you are interested in history, then you might want to stay at Kabini River Lodge as it once served as the hunting headquarters for the Maharaja of Mysore. For a truly luxurious experience in the wilderness, you can stay at Evolve Back Kabini or experience a truly rural experience at Orange County Kabini’s wildlife resorts are made to cater to a variety of guests. 

Price: Range from below Rs. 1,000 to over Rs. 21,500 per night.


Kabini Dam

The Kabini Dam sits on top of the Kabini River and has today become a major picnic destination for locals and tourists alike. The water collected in the reservoir offers dramatic views which are elevated by the surrounding jungles. You can sit at the dam site and see colourful birds flying in and out of the tree canopies and animals grazing on the edges of the forest. 

The waters of the dam also offer excellent opportunities to enjoy colourful vistas of the sun as it sets into the horizon. Sitting at the Kabini Dam and enjoying a packed picnic with your family is surely a fun thing to do in Kabini. 

Price: Rs. 20. 

Timings: Daily: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM


Kabini Backwater View Point

Looking for quaint things to do in Kabini? Look no further. The Kabini Backwater viewpoint is situated in Kittur. Here, you can enjoy fantastic views of the river waters, especially during the sunset and sunrise. If you choose to camp here for the day, you might spot animals coming to the banks on the opposite side of the river. If you are lucky enough, you will also be able to spot a tiger. Sitting at the viewpoint, you can indulge in wildlife photography or simply take your binoculars out to spot smaller animals and birds as they sit in the higher reaches of the trees. It is also an excellent starting point for treks and hikes into the jungle. 

Price: Free

Timings: Open throughout the day.



Trekking is surely one of the most loved activities that tourists and adventure enthusiasts choose to take up in their course of the visit to Kabini. The experience of trekking through the mountainous paths of Kabini will surely be a great experience on its own. The trekking trails are surrounded by famous attractive mountain peaks and hillocks.

Apart from enjoying the thrill of trekking, you will also come one step closer to nature and its outstanding surreal beauty. If you are heading out on treks at Kabini, then it is at all times advisable to carry enough water and eatables with you so you don't break down yourself halfway. The trekking spots are located at The Tadiandamol, Kumara Parvatha, and Brahmagiri mountains. 

Price: There is no fee for taking up this activity. 
Timings: 6.30 AM to 10.00 AM

Bike Riding

Bike riding happens to be one of the most loved things to do in Kabini. The ride will not only give you a sensation of moving faster than the winds but it will also give pleasure to your eyes in terms of the widespread cover of greenery.

This adventure rich sport in the midst of the natural scenic beauty will thrill you and at the same time amaze you. If you love to take up challenges, then come over to Kabini with your bike and try out some stunts in the widespread trails located at Nagarhole National Park. Bike riding is ideal for friends and family vacationers. 

Price: The price of this activity is in between 200 – 300 per person. 
Timings: 6.30 AM to 5.00 PM

City Shopping Tour

If you are having an apprehension that Kabini is all about wildlife and adventure activities, then you would be just surprised to know that Kabini has got some wonderful marketplaces where you can get done with your shopping errands. The markets offer you refreshing craftsmanship and goodies that you will cherish all through your life.

Shopping in the crowded markets is surely one of the most exciting things to do in Kabini. You can get wall hangings, wooden cutlery, chocolates, coin pouches, spices, coffee, and the list continues. If you are tired hopping from one shop to the other, then you can stopover in some eateries and re energize your soul. The best markets for souvenir shopping are located in Kodagu Region. 

Price: The price of this activity completely depends on you.  
Timings: 7.00 AM to 9.00 PM
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My stays at Waterwoods Resort actually surpassed my expectations with the awestruck beauty at its place in the beautiful Brahmagiri Mountain Range. Would surely recommend to give it a try.
With birds chirping and traditional bamboo interiors, comfort was everywhere on my stay at Kaav safari lodge. Thanks Thriilophilia for instant vochers.
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!
13 December 2020
We had a great time in waterwoods. Place is located next to Kabini river and has a fantastic scenic view around. Rooms are very clean and well maintained. Staff is very friendly and food is just delicious. Overall worth the money spent.
My stay at the Waterwood Resort was full of fun, adventure and comfort. From beautiful rooms, traditional meals, wildlife sighting to adventure sports like hiking, fishing, cycling and others, this trip was one of the most exciting ones i ever had. All of it was arranged by Thrillophilia which i booked from their online portal at best prices as compared to others.
Thrillophilia offered me a well 2 nights package on which i had the most fun on. Apart from my stay and daily buffet meal at the resort, the package was inclusive of various other activities like hiking, fishing and others. I got this package after searching for the best deal available online which i got from them. It was a easy booking process and I earned various other benefits too.
I had a great time staying at the Serai Resort. My booking was not only for the accommodations but also had meals and activities like watersports, spa and much more included in it. This deal from Thrillophilia actually helped me save a lot as i would have spent much more if i booked for each seperately. I would like to thank them as they helped me with the confirmation of the package on such short notice.
Serai Resort offered me an exceptional stay in their traditionally designed property with exquiste views and comfortable rooms along with the great hospitality, Thanks thrillophila for the perfect package

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People Also Ask About Kabini

  1. What is the best time to visit Kabini?

    The best time for visiting Kabini starts from the month of November to the month of June. It is the time when Kabini sets the right mood for tourists in a soak in all the flavours of the land. Winters in the forest set the right time to explore the wide range of flora and fauna in the forests.
  2. Is Kabini worth visiting?

    Yes, Kabini is definitely worth visiting in the peak tourist season. The winters are considered to be the best time when you can spot a wide range of animals and have fun in the resorts and homestays. Spending some time, the midst of astounding natural beauty will definitely give you a sense of relaxation.
  3. Which is better Kabini or Bandipur?

    Kabini and Bandipur happen to be wonderful tourist destinations in the state of Karnataka. Both the places offer amazing safari tours in the forest and give you a once in a lifetime experience. However, Kabini is located close to the city centre of Bangalore, whereas, Bandipur is situated at a distance from the city. You need to take a bigger diversion from the Bangalore – Coorg route.
  4. What is Kabini famous for?

    Kabini is well-known for its wildlife sanctuary and adventure activities. The amazing flora and fauna, wildlife safari tours, boat rides, nature walks and campfires, make it a perfect vacation spot.
  5. Is Kabini safe?

    Yes, Kabini is very safe as a tourist destination in the state of Karnataka. You can explore all the unexplored paths of the forest of Kabini without having any fear in your mind. However, when you are heading out for various safari tours, you should make sure that you follow all the rules and regulations as specified by the instructors and guides so that you don’t get into any kind of trouble.

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