Fauna to be Spotted in Kabini

a tiger resting on green grass
two monkeys sitting on a tree bark in kabini
a spotted deer standing by a tree

A day in the wild away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan can rejuvenate and revitalise your soul. India has many options when looking for such a retreat, and Kabini is one of the top picks. Karnataka is home to a plethora of biodiversity and a significant contributor to it is Kabini. The region is enveloped by Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, on one side and the Bandipur forests on the other. It is located on the banks of the river Kabini which is home to one of the wealthiest biodiversity spheres and tiger territories, making it a delight for nature lovers.

Kabini once served as a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Mysore, British Viceroys and other Indian royals It is now home to more than 250 species of birds and nearly 50 species of mammals. One of the best ways to spot animals in Kabini is by going around the reserve on a safari. No matter whether you choose a morning safari at 6:30 am or an evening one at 3:30 pm, Kabini’s beauty will not disappoint you. Read on to know more about the animals you can spot in the forest. Though the forest is open around the year for visitors, it is advisable to visit during the winter season from November to February, as the weather is pleasant and the chances of spotting animals increase.

Wild Beasts

Also known as ‘Tiger land’, Kabini has a huge variety of wildlife to witness. The forest has more than 90 tigers, about 100 leopards and the well-known black panther. You can spot any of these incredible creatures in the forest as they are walking or resting on the trees. The famously rare-to-spot Kabini forest black panther, ‘Saya’, is the only one of its kind that has found a home here.

a leopard drinking water near a waterhole
An elephant walking on a road


It is very likely that you would come across a herd of elephants during a Kabini wildlife tour, as the park has one of the largest populations of Asiatic elephants in the world. Kabini was also home to Mr. Kabini, the gigantic 70-year-old tusker who was named Bhogeswara. Though he passed away in 2022, his tusks are still kept with authorities who aim to keep them on display. Other mammals that you can come across in the Kabini forest are Gaurs, wild boars, dholes, deer, sloth bears, monkeys, mongoose and pangolins, among others.


Kabini forest is home to more than 250 species of birds, which creates a stable ecosystem for many of them to survive. A guaranteed delight for ornithophiles, Kabini houses Peafowl, Ospreys, Crested Serpent Eagles, Crested Hawk Eagles, White-bellied Woodpeckers, White-throated Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, Oriental Honey Buzzards, Forest-eagle Owls, Owlets, Indian and King Vultures, Darters, Shanks, Racket-tailed Drongos, Flamebacks, Malabar Pied Hornbills and the Grey Hornbills. The park also welcomes seasonal visitors like the Grey-headed fish eagle, Indian Pitta and Forest Wagtails among others.

a bird sitting on a wooden log in middle of a water body

You can explore Kabini much more as the incredible land is full of surprises. During your trip to Kabini, you can stay at The Serai, Kabini, which serves its guests the best stay experience. Indulge in a peaceful vacation away from the urban whirl in the lap of nature at Kabini.

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