Best Time to Visit Kabini

Beautiful late sunset sky over a calm lake, surrounded by a lovely landscape with trees and distant boat
a peacock dancing in the rain

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Kabini is a hidden gem of Karnataka that is worth visiting for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. This scenic location is an ideal escape from the chaos and fast-paced lifestyle of modern living, where you can relax and rejuvenate amidst the lush greenery and tranquil waters of Kabini River. Kabini is a year-round destination that offers something for every season. However, the best time to visit Kabini depends on your preferences and the activities you want to indulge in. Here's a detailed guide on the best time to visit Kabini:

Winters in Kabini (November to February)

Winter is the best time to visit Kabini National Park because the weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 6°C and 28°C, making it ideal for outdoor activities. The place is bustling with tourists and hotels and resorts are usually fully booked. So, if you plan to visit Kabini during the winter, make sure you book your accommodation well in advance at The Serai Kabini, a luxury resort where the river and jungle meet in harmony.

beautiful deer spotted in Kabini

Activities to do in Winter:

  • Wildlife Safaris: Winter is one of the best time for wildlife safaris in Kabini. The vegetation is less dense during this time, making it easier to spot animals like tigers, leopards, elephants and more. Nagarhole National Park is open for safari during this time and you can book by land or by boat safari to spot wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Bird Watching: Kabini is a paradise for bird watchers and winter is the best time for bird watching. Migratory birds from around the world flock to Kabini during this time, making it ideal for bird watching. You can spot several birds like Osprey, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Indian Peafowl and more during this time. You can also take a boat ride on Kabini River and indulge in bird watching.

Summer in Kabini (March to May)

coracle ride

Summer in Kabini is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging between 23°C and 36°C. Kabini River offers a refreshing escape from the heat and you can indulge in water sports like kayaking, speed boat and coracle rides. This is one of the best time for sighting as greenery mostly dries up and animals come out in search of water and food.This is one of the best time to explore the national park by boat as one can get very lucky to see highest gathering of Asiatic Elephant at the bank of river kabini. These are Elephants migrated in search of food and water from neighbouring national parks.

Activities to do in Summers:

  • Water Sports: The Kabini Dam, located in the vicinity, is another popular spot for water activities. Water activities are a possibility in Mar and April. By the mid of April water resides back in the river due to heat.
  • Camping: Summer is ideal for camping in Kabini. You can set up tents near Kabini River and enjoy the starry nights. The campfire activities and BBQs during your camping trip add to the charm of your stay.

Monsoon in Kabini (June to September)

The monsoon season in Kabini lasts from June to September, and it is the best season to visit Kabini if you love the rain.  After enduring months of sweltering heat, the initial rumble of thunder brings a sense of jubilation. The arrival of the monsoon season is heralded by the delightful symphony of birdsong accompanying the refreshing rainfall at dawn. The hills and forests are full of life, you can spot several exotic species of flora and fauna during your treks.

Butterfly sitting on the flower

Activities to do in Monsoon:

  • Visit Waterfalls: The monsoon season in Kabini brings out the beauty of waterfalls that are a treat to the eyes. Chelavara is a popular waterfalls that is worth visiting. You can take a dip in the cold waters and enjoy the natural beauty around you.
  • Relax and Rejuvenate: Embrace the tranquility of Kabini by indulging in some relaxation. The Serai Kabini offer spa and wellness facilities, allowing you to pamper yourself amidst the peaceful surroundings.

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