Top Tourist Places in Kabini

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Kabini is a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. With its dense forests, varied wildlife, and peaceful backwaters, Kabini tourism provides a range of attractions and activities for those seeking an immersive experience. If you're considering a visit to this captivating destination and are unsure of what to explore, you've come to the right place. Let's explore Kabini tourist attractions and find the perfect accommodation for a memorable getaway.

Nagarhole National Park 

Spanning 643.35 sq. km., Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, is a significant tiger reserve in Karnataka and a key area for Project Tiger and Project Elephant. The park is renowned for its high tiger population and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including Asiatic elephants, leopards, dholes, gaur, sambar deer, chital, and numerous bird species.


Visitors can explore Nagarhole National Park through jeep and canter safaris, which offer an exhilarating opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural surroundings. Located within easy reach of Bangalore and Mysore, the park is open throughout the year, with the best time to visit generally considered to be from October to May. During this period, the weather is pleasant, and the wildlife spotting opportunities are optimal.

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Kabini Dam

Completed in 1974, the Kabini Dam is an impressive engineering feat situated on the Kabini River, a tributary of the Kaveri. The dam serves multiple functions, providing irrigation and drinking water to nearby communities, generating hydroelectric power, and supplying water to other dams in the region.

Stretching over 2,284 ft. in length and standing at a height of 166 ft., the dam is a significant structure. However, the true allure lies in the expansive Kabini reservoir it forms, surrounded by verdant greenery and abundant wildlife, the reservoir has become a sought-after tourist spot. Visitors come here for tranquil boat rides on the serene waters, offering opportunities to spot elephants and other local wildlife. You can enjoy scenic picnics along the banks, explore the adjacent forests on nature trails or opt for a luxurious stay at The Serai Kabini, which overlooks the reservoir.

Kutta Village

Kutta village, situated on the outskirts of Nagarhole National Park and bordering the Kabini region, offers a peaceful retreat amidst lush greenery. This quaint village is ideal for those seeking tranquillity in a natural setting. Kutta boasts picturesque views of coffee plantations, spice estates and paddy fields.

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Nature walks are a popular activity, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the serene surroundings. Although Kutta does not offer the boat safaris for which Kabini is renowned, its proximity to Nagarhole National Park makes it an excellent base for jeep and canter safaris. Keep in mind that Kutta has limited amenities due to its small size, but homestays are available for those seeking a more immersive experience.

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Backwater Cruise

The Kabini backwaters, a network of calm waters formed by the Kabini Dam, offer a serene escape explored best by a backwater cruise. This leisurely journey lets you experience the natural beauty as your boat gently navigates the calm waters. Mornings and evenings are ideal for cruising, providing stunning views of the sunlight reflecting on the water.

Keep an eye out for the variety of birdlife, including egrets, cormorants, and kingfishers. The lush vegetation along the banks may offer glimpses of shy herbivores or even the majestic Asian elephant approaching the water. A thrilling part of the cruise is spotting crocodiles basking on the riverbanks. Guided by a local expert, the cruise offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and create memorable experiences.

After a day exploring the top attractions of Kabini, unwind in the comfort of The Serai Kabini, a luxurious haven nestled in Kabini's captivating landscapes. The Serai Kabini offers a blend of sophistication and comfort, with elegantly designed villas, each equipped with modern amenities and a waterfront view. Our restaurant Wildgrass is committed to tantalise your taste buds with a diverse culinary experience. Whether you're relaxing on your private veranda, enjoying a romantic dinner, or unwinding by the pool, we provide the perfect setting to recharge and indulge in tranquillity.

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