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Kabini! An ancient land molded by modernity but also strangely left untouched by it. A land of myths, legends, history and pristine wilderness. A place where sages were born and mythical characters sought and found refuge. In these jungles, life beats to the rhythms of nature who unfolds her secrets one page at a time. The secret to success in this venerable realm is an ability to wait and watch.

In this Blog on Kabini we take you on a long and leisurely journey through this ancient land which has been witness to mainstream and tribal synergy with a dash of colonial legacy thrown in for good measure. Explore the jungle which has its share of thrills and spills punctuated with long intervals of calm. As fellow travelers we invite you to share your own experiences of this journey of discovery.

Category: Destination

Mastigudi

Vikram Nanjappa

The Mastigudi temple, situated on the banks of the Kabini river in Balle Shibira, is dedicated to the Goddess Mastamma. Mastamma means ‘the great wife’ (Maha + Sati + Amma), a name of Goddess Parvati and ‘Gudi’ means temple. It stood next to the old Mysore – Malabar road and has since been submerged after…

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Dear Kabini, Have you ever realized how magical you are? Everything about you is perfect. Nature at its best makes everything about your forests so magical. From the colors of the sun’s reflection on your backwaters to the numerous birds chirping and seen swooping in joy to the winding trails and the Komorabi (the stunning…

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Kracadawna!

Juli Cariappa

The heat is here. From Kuruba Safari Lodge to Kracadawna Organic Farm and back we are thinking of cooling you down and keeping you easy. The safaris and sultry days keep us focused on good food that keeps your stomach light and yet pleases the palate with unusual combinations of local greens, simple salads and…

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The Mysore Khedda

Vikram Nanjappa

The elephant has been an integral part of Indian culture, history and religious belief since times immemorial. From ancient times till the recent past, it has played a significant role both as a vehicle of war and as a beast of burden. It is no wonder that the elephant has entered the Hindu pantheon in…

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The Legend of Karapura

Vikram Nanjappa

Karapura village, located on the banks of the river Kabini, has an interesting connection to the Ramayana. While the incident is not specifically mentioned in the Ramayana, a local legend (called the legend of Karapura) about Luv and Kush, the sons of Sita and Rama, establishes the connection between the two. A little while after…

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The Story of Bhimanakolli

Vikram Nanjappa

The people of Karnataka are familiar with the epic of Male Mahadeshwara. Lord Mahadeshwara is the family god of the Soligas and other tribals who live in the Male Mahadeshwara Hills of Karnataka. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara there which is an important place of pilgrimage. Historical evidence suggest that the Saint…

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kabini

The Kabini river, also known as Kapila, originates in the Wayanad District of Kerala and is formed by the confluence of the Panamaram and Mananthavady Rivers. It flows eastwards into Karnataka and joins the Kaveri River at Tirumakudalu Narasipura. While it flows through three Protected Areas, the casual visitor or tourist can only access it…

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The Lost Temples of Kabini

Vikram Nanjappa

A non-descript path, barely visible to the untrained eye, snakes its way through the overgrown undergrowth of a much-neglected Oil Palm grove. The path drops off down a gentle incline toward the river and there under the branches of an ancient tree lie the ruins of the lost temples of Kabini. Two walled enclosures situated…

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Kabini Magic

Kanishka Sarangi

Kabini, a forest stretch amidst the Western Ghats, in the state of Karnataka is a breathtaking experience for many wilderness lovers and naturalists. The forest is well known for its amazing sightings of a vast array of wildlife. Tigers, Leopards, Bisons and the profound attraction to wildlife lovers, the Black Panther, are the highly anticipated animals…

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The Golden Shower

Vikram Nanjappa

The Cassia Fistula, commonly called ‘Kakke’ in Kannada, ‘Amaltas’ in Hindi, Indian Laburnum or the Golden Shower tree, is a beautiful flowering tree with unusual, interesting fruit and significant cultural relevance. Growing to an average height of forty feet, it flowers in spring when it sheds its leaves and bursts into a mass of long,…

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