Kabini is famous for its elephants, spell-binding landscape and water bodies which have been attracting tourists to its wildlife sanctuaries. Kabini is bestowed with resplendent streams, plentiful flora, fauna and avifauna. The serene wildlife sanctuaries in Kabini are naturally made splashy with sweet chirpings of bird, sounds of animals and gushing waters.
The Kabini River:Kabini River emerges from Wayanad district of Kerala state and forms the confluence ofPanamaram River and Mananthavady River to join Kaveri River in the east at Tirumakudalu Narasipura in Karanataka which empties into the Bay of Bengal. Located in the town of HD Kote, the Kabini reservoir dries down in summer to form rich grassy meadows.
The Kabini Dam:The Kabini dam which is 58 m in height and 2,284 ft (696) long, was built in 1974 across Kabini River near Bichanahalli village and can be accessed from Heggadadevanakote.
Nagarhole National Park:The Nagarhole National Park was declared as a National park in 1974 and forms a habitat for Asian elephants and is surrounded by shallow valleys and gentle slopes on all sides.
The Banasura Sagar Dam:The Banasura Sagar Dam, the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, is located 21 km from Kalpeetta in Wayanad District of Kerala in the Western Ghats and it leads to the resplendent mountains known for their touristic attraction. It is supposed to be a part of the Indian Banasurasagam project consisting of a Dam and a canal project started in 1979 and the project plays a significant role in helping the Kakayam Hydro electric power project to redress the water shortage problems in seasonal dry periods in that region.
Boating:The boat journey down the Kabini river gives immense joy and inundates the travelers with plentiful of eye-catching scenery, cherishing flora and delirious fauna like the lopard, gaus, antelopes, crocodiles, tigers, cobras, pythons, wild elephants and leopards straying in the Kabini Forests.
The Irpu Falls:The 60 m high fresh waterfalls, the Irpu falls, also called the Lakshmana Thirtum Falls in the Bhramagiri Range in the middle of the awe-inspiring Western Ghats is a much more attractive pilgrim spot regularly visited by a stream of tourists. The Lakshmana tirtha River flows closeby it and joins Kaveri River at a later stage. There is a Famous Rameshwaram Temple on the banks of the river Lakshmana-Thritha and another temple dedicated to Sri Ram amidst paddy fields and the natural forest covered way leads upeards to the falls. Excluding the waterfalls all the other places are a part of the sanctuary. One has to get prior permission to step into the wildlife sanctuary.
Rameswara Temple:The Lakshmana Thirta River with the religiously important Shiva Temple called Rameshwara Temple on its banks in the neighbourhood of nagarhole, has a mythological past. In the Hindu mythology it is believed that Ram and Lakshmana strolled along the Bhramagiri range in search of Rama’s beloved wife Sita Devi. It is said that Lakshman directed an arrow into Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the majestic river Lakshmana Tirtha. Many pilgrims throng Rameshwara Temple during the festival of Shivrathri. It is believed that the temple has the power to cleanse the sins of people who visit the sacred place.
Brahmagiri Sanctuary:The Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary in the Western Ghats in Kodagu district consists of Shola grasslands, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests which form a habitat of tribes. It is much more famous for agriculture fields and coffee plantations. There is a peak called Brahmagiri which is 1607 meters from sea level and the sanctuary is named after the peak. A bamboo species known as Bambusa bamboos is cultivated there in large numbers. Umpteen number of rare species of animals like the lion-tailed macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, brown mongoose, elephants, tiger, gaur, wild dog, jungle cat, Leopard cat, sambar, sloth bear, wild pig, spotted deer, and snakes like python and king cobra along with beauteous birds like emerald dove, Malabar trogon and black bulbul can be seen here. It is a must visit place for nature lovers, environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts.
Kutta and Nagarhole [Part of Kabini Region]: Kutta which shares its border with Kerala state is a nearest town to Nagarhole in south Kodagu with many coffee, spices, betel nuts, bananas and paddy estates and it has a population of around 5000. The most commonly spoken languages here are Malayalam and Kannada. Splendid mountains, myriad rivers, waterfalls, thick tropical forests, large acres of plantations, plentiful splendid flora and fauna make a trip to Kutta an unforgettable rollicking experience. The people in Kutta are very hospitable and the sweat melodious sounds of birds along with the leaves wavering in the cool breeze gives a warm welcome to the visitors peeping in.