I had taken my parents to Kabini to escape the Madras heat and the river was kind to us. A tributary of the Cauvery, the river has its origins in Wayanad . A dam built on it in the 1970s helped form the backwaters which has the Bandipur forests on one end of its bank and the Nagarhole on the other.

In summer, the waters recede, but the river and the forests on either banks play host to herds of elephants who migrate here looking for food.They grace the banks or enjoy a swim or even have a mud bath sometimes.

We were unlucky with the sightings of leopard and tiger, but were rewarded with quality sightings of elephants as we saw herds shepherding their young ones or tuskers locking horns.

Sometimes they are taking a bath or enjoying a swim while a lone tusker that let us watch him for a while.

These are some of the pictures from the banks. Coming up are the elephants from the Nagarhole forests


  1. shivani 5 June, 2010 at 12:40 Reply

    Thanks to your posts i am on my way to my first Jungle Resort.
    Next Kabini and Garibole in October as suggested by my blogdost Karthik.
    Karthik knows you and that feels Gr8.
    As your shots are too good it would sound cliched to say anything more but that i feel i should be lucky enough to see a mother elephant and her baby…the cutest of all young ones i feel is the baby elephant followed by a piglet especially the way the small tail is curled.
    Your parents must be so proud of you and overjoyed with the trip.
    Just a request since i would like you to share my happiness over this.Check out my new post for which due credits goes only to Karthik.i am too happy that i go on a blabber trip to tell you this 🙂

  2. Lakshmi 5 June, 2010 at 13:48 Reply

    Thanks Aarti and Alok..had some great light..so managed some decent pics this time

    Shivani – am glad you are going to Galibore – thats my all time fav place , the baby elephants are very cute..saw a few lying down, some being shepherded by their parents and some havg a bath..will post some more soon..will def hop over to your blog

  3. indicaspecies 5 June, 2010 at 23:34 Reply

    In January this year, I was at another part along the tributary of the same Cauvery at the Dubare Elephant Camp and had a similar experience.

    These are excellent shots Lakshmi. Have the monsoons started at your end?

  4. Lakshmi 5 June, 2010 at 23:41 Reply

    Mridula – This is asia’s largest congregation of elephants – sometimes you can see hundreds of them by the river side

    Laura – Thank you

    Celine – Ive been to Dubare and its beautiful as well..the only difference is that those are elephants in captivity , wild animals which have been cruelly captured and domesticated, while these are wild elephants, free to roam around the rivers

  5. asha 6 June, 2010 at 00:56 Reply

    Beautiful clicks. I believe kabini is listed among the top five jungle resorts by NATGEO. I just love the whole stretch from mysore to coorg but hav’nt visited kabini yet.

  6. Trotter 7 June, 2010 at 04:57 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! What a post! Wonderful shots… It remembers me of a great holiday in Kenya some years ago…

    Blogtrotter Two is departing Turkey 2009! Enjoy the views and have a great week ahead!!

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