Kabini is found in the Karapur Forest Area of Karnataka, nestled among the Western Ghats. Home to exotic flora and fauna, the forests surrounding Kabini are unique in diversity and richness. Irrigation tanks indicate that there used to be agricultural lands within the forests in a previous time. While the Lingayat kings of the area controlled these lands, forests were open for the people to cultivate. A Forest Department was established in 1860 to reduce the damage that the lands were facing and were soon declared as government owned reserved forests.
The area was deemed a National Park in 1974 and there are many places to see in Kabini.
People and Culture of Kabini
The way of life in Kabini has been preserved for years as a result of indigenous tribes that have been protected from the changing outside world making Kabini tourist places just a glimpse into their lives. Though their history is not entirely clear, one theory suggests that many Kurubas settled down in these areas after the Pallavan empire fell. While some claimed lands and became farmers, others took to hiding in the forests and moulded their life around the environment and their cultures and traditions are therefore unique due to their confinement and no contact with the outside world.
This has lead to the development of a rich culture in Kabini. There are no large festival celebrations in Kabini as it is a forest reserve and prime importance is given to its inhabitants – humans, flora and fauna.
Things to do in Kabini
Kabini sightseeing is the most popular option of things to do here. Take a trip through the forests in jeep safaris or elephant rides so you can blend in the natural surroundings and view the animals in their habitat without being a disturbance to them. Other things to do in Kabini are a visit to the Kabini dam which has a reservoir that has a lot of wildlife around the area and is found 40km from the city. Besides this, you can boat on the Kabini river in boats or coracles. Kabini places to visit include the Nagarhole National Park which is home to unique flora and fauna including some critically endangered species. The Irrupu falls is found nearby, on the banks of which you can find the Rameshwara Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Ram. It is found amongst paddy fields and forests and offers an exquisite view to all visitors.
Food and Shopping in Kabini
Places to visit in Kabini include shops and stores. Though there aren’t many shopping options in Kabini, you can find some small handicrafts and souvenirs made by locals at certain small shops. The tribal people make unique items that you can take back home to remind you of your time in Kabini.
Local delicacies such as dosas, ragi mudde, jolada roti, akki roti etc can be found at most hotels and accommodations which are an important Kabini attraction. Though the choice of cuisine is limited, what you do find is some of the most exquisite local food that is correctly spiced and prepared. The cuisine of this area is primarily reflective of its surroundings which some elements of the neighbouring states. It is rich in both vegetarian and non-vegetarians choices.