Activity Level Easy
Accomodation Type Luxury
The Kabini National Park derives its name from river Kabini, which meanders joyfully through the southern reaches of Karnataka. This forest has a two-fold attraction – the beautiful Kabini River itself and the thick, diverse forest. The Kabini River is best explored on a boat, as you are sure to see countless Spotted Deer, Sambar, Bisons and of course, herds of Elephants crossing the river. Crocodiles and Otters are quite common as are birds like the Pied Kingfisher, Osprey, Black-necked Stork, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, River Terns and Painted Storks. Of course, if you are lucky, you may even see the biggest attraction of this jungle – the Black Panther coming to the river for a drink or stalking in the lush green grass, waiting for the correct moment to pounce upon its prey! So, keep your binoculars focused and cameras ready for that PERFECT SHOT!!
The jeep ride is equally exciting! Be prepared to feast your eyes upon packs of Dhole or Wild Dogs hunt down their prey. These animals are indeed very ruthless… they hunt only in packs and start eating their prey even before killing it completely. But, well that’s the law of nature…! Keep your fingers crossed and you may perhaps spot a Leopard sitting on a tree with its tail dangling right above your jeep.
One of the best places in India to see the Black Panther, Kabini also harbours a healthy population of the Royal Bengal Tiger. The Nagarhole National Park, which runs contiguous with Kabini, has the largest population of the Asiatic Elephants in the world. During summers, people flock in great numbers to see thousands of these pachyderms grazing along the banks of the Kabini!
- Pune to Pune Journey by Volvo Bus.
- Internal Transfers via AC SUVs.
- Stay in Three Star Property for 3 Nights.
- All Meals at Resort.
- 3 Open Gypsy Safaris in National Park.
- 1 Boat Safari at Kabini National Park.
- 1 Boat Safari at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary.
- Gypsy, Guide & Forest Entry Charges.
- GW Mentor.
- Food During Road Travel.
- Bottled Water During Travel and Resort.
- Camera Fees.
- Extra Safaris.
- Laundry & Telephone Charges.
- Alcoholic Beverages & Soft Drinks
- Tips & Gratuities.
- All Applicable Taxes.
- Things Which are Not Mentioned in Inclusions.
Board the bus from Pune at 18:30 hrs. Overnight travel to Mysore.
Upon arrival in Mysore by 11:05 hrs, we commence our journey to Kabini by road. En route enjoy glimpses of rural Karnataka. Reach Kabini where you will be put up in a well-known lodge which is famous for its grandeur witnessed through its colonial architecture.
We start with our first encounter with the Leopard through our first boat ride along the forest. An overnight stay at the lodge with various recreational activities like film/slide shows.
Morning and evening safaris at Kabini in search of Leopards, Wild Elephants amidst the semi evergreen and moist deciduous forest which makes it an apt living environment for various birds as well.
Begin with an early morning safari at Kabini. Return back to the lodge, pack up and depart for Mysore. On reaching Mysore we visit the Mysore Palace. Overnight stay at Mysore in a comfortable hotel.
We travel to Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary to explore the nesting and roosting of many water-birds. Drive back to Mysore by lunch time. Post lunch board Mysore-Pune Volvo at 13:30 hrs.
Reach Pune by 06:30 hrs. This marks the end of a remarkable journey.
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- What to expect when in Kabini?
Although one needs to be lucky to spot it, Kabini is known for its Black Panther. It is also home to other wildlife like Tigers, Leopards, Indian Gaurs, Elephants, Spotted Deer etc. A coracle ride on the river is a highlight of the trip. Avifauna is found in abundance, birds like the great Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Indian Pitta, Malabar Grey Hornbills etc can be found here.
- Is there a flight option to this location?
Yes, flights can be opted thus saving one day at the start of the tour and the end; however certain flight timings do not coincide with the train timings; and thus the flight itinerary might make you compromise on the typical itinerary.
Contact our travel consultants to figure out the best possible options.
- What is the usual sharing in vehicles & accommodation?
The accommodations are always on double sharing basis unless otherwise opted for. Single sharing basis attracts an additional nominal fee, while triple sharing allows you to be eligible for a small discount.
Safari vehicles as well as internal transit vehicles (such as SUVs) are usually shared between 6 people, unless indicated otherwise. Specific Photography Mentoring Tours have 4-in-a-vehicle. Exclusive jeeps can be reserved by a group after paying a surcharge.(group size less than 6)
- Is it safe?
Open jeep safaris & even nature trails conducted by us follow the highest safety standards, and we take all necessary precautions involved. We respect the wild animals and their comfort, and keep adequate distance while photographing them. However its worthy of noting, that being cautious goes a long way in preventing any mishaps.
- How is the climate in Kabini?
Temperatures in summers are quite hot with temperature going up to 35 degree Celsius and in winters are comfortable with the minimum being around 12 – 13 degrees Celsius.
- Who all can be a part of this tour?
The jungle can be visited by anybody who is fond of wildlife or is a first timer. It is apt for anybody who wishes to experience this journey. Children of any age group, accompanied by adults can be a part of the safaris. For a detailed inquiry you can always ask our experts for advice.
- Benefits of travelling with Go Wild?
We pride in being experts in wildlife for over a decade and hence traveling with us is stress free, fun oriented, interactive and knowledge based. You will surely return home as a better wildlifer!
- What do I pack for my travel?
Apart from the season wise apparels, we recommend you to only wear comfortable clothes with colors that will go with the nature. Bright colors like red, orange, white, yellow etc are a strict no no. We will provide a detailed list of things to be carried before the tour.
- Can I get Veg/ Jain food?
Apart from the stays in Forest Rest Houses; food menu is usually tailor made according to the group. Veg food is available at all locations, and Jain food can be arranged for if informed at the time of booking.