Kabini, Karnataka: Cycling along the Backwaters
- The beautiful forests and backwaters around Kabini
Cycling across the rolling terrain
- Bullock-cart ride through charming villages
Coracle rides in the backwater
- Nature Walks
- Understand the ecological diversity of the region
- Watch the local rural life from close quarters
Lounging in the shades of giant bamboos along the backwaters of the Kabini was sheer peace. The soft lap of the breeze against the water and birdsong undid our tired nerves. The coracle ride was a lovely experience. We cycled through the woods, along the water's edges and through local villages to the Tharaka Dam. There was greenery all around and the sweetness of the water hung honey-like in the air.
About Kabini, Mysore
Sprawling across the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir, Kabini in Kote Taluk is a beautiful agglomeration of forests, grasslands, clayey swamps and rivers. The land is surrounded by water on two sides. The area was once the exclusive hunting grounds of the rulers of Mysore; now it is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere River. The Kabini River divides the Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks. Giant bamboos are the predominate flora here. Asiatic Elephants roam freely in their shades. Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Wild pig, Muntjak and Common Langur are preyed upon by the Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dog. Quaint villages pop-up in the midst of the woods, opening a window to little known cultures. This is a land of bullock-carts and coracle rides- the pace of life is wonderfully slow, and restorative.