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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.

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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Kabini is a part of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in the southern part of Karnataka adjoining the state of Kerala. Nagarhole means Snake Stream and its gets its name from the shape it takes while flowing which resembles that of a crawling snake. The park was an exclusive hunting reserve of the kings of the Wodeyar…

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Flame of the Forest

Vikram Nanjappa

A feather of an eagle dipped in Soma, the elixir of the Gods, falls to earth and from it springs a tree with magical properties – The Flame of the Forest. The Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma), found extensively in Kabini, is native to India and is usually between twenty to forty feet in height….

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Hero Stones

Vikram Nanjappa

Memorial stones erected during ancient times in memory of a hero who martyred his life for a noble cause are called Hero Stones (Viragal in Kannada). These Hero Stones are found in many parts of Southern India. The Hero Stones found in Karnataka are usually five feet tall granite stones, some of them being over…

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A Foggy Morning in Kabini

Sheshadri Vasan

The name Kabini brings a big smile on my face and I am sure it’s the same with people who have visited this magical forest, which is a part of the Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka. It is a place which one would love to visit time and time again, especially a wildlife enthusiast and…

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The Underdogs

Bhargava Srivari

In the woods of Nagarhole, not every killer is striped or spotted. Death here also comes in forms least expected. That’s because this killer hardly looks like one, but one could argue it packs a punch mightier than even the tiger or leopard. It is an animal that in a sense resembles the dogs we…

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Leopard – The Ambush hunter!

Praveen Siddannavar

It is rightly said and I believe too – wild animals ( especially leopard ) make their appearance or create a natural history moment when you least expect it. This was one such day at Kabini during the monsoons. I personally believe that monsoons are the best time to visit forests simply for its soothing…

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The Kabini Migration

Bhargava Srivari

Readers may be familiar with the world famous migration which happens in the Serengeti ecosystem in the great African continent during which hundreds of thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra travel from Ndutu plains in Tanzania all the way to the Masai Mara plains in Kenya and back, in search of food and water. This fascinating…

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On a pleasant morning just at the beginning of monsoon season, I along with my family was on a safari in the fabled forests of Kabini. The Leopard was and is still my favorite big cat and in the 6 years I had been traveling to jungles around India, I had never caught a glimpse…

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