Let us take you to Kabini. Arguably South India’s best wildlife destination.
Kabini Wildlife Tour Packages
Southern India’s most popular wildlife tourism destination, Kabini is a region in the south of the famed Nagarahole National Park. Hardly five hours away from the capital city of Bengaluru, Kabini is easily accessible by road via Mysuru. Nagarahole N.P is open for tourism in two different areas, one in the Nagarahole Range of the park towards the north, accessible from the town of Hunsur and the other, near the Kabini backwaters accessible via the town of H.D Kote.
World-class resorts and lodges around the backwaters of the Kabini river (also known as Kapila river), popularly called as Kabini is an area which has gained followers over the last decade. Kabini’s oldest and most popular lodge, The Kabini River Lodge is the epicentre of all action here as the state-government run lodge is responsible for safari operations in the area.
Having over 15 years of experience in the area, some of our expert photographers know the forest like they know their home town. For wildlife lovers and enthusiasts we can offer a variety of Kabini wildlife tour packages to travel and enjoy Kabini. Join us on one of our expert-photographer guided Kabini photography tour, or join a group tour with like-minded individuals as your fellow-travellers. If you prefer to travel on your own terms, in your style, we can offer you a package in any of the lovely lodges around here keeping in mind the budget, taste and style of travel that fits your needs.
Best time to Visit:
Throughout the year
Recommended min. duration:
2 nights/3 days
Our Kabini Tours
Kabini Wildlife Photo Gallery
Reviews by Tour Participants
Most of us know Harsha as an amazing cat tracker. But he is a truly wonderful teacher as well. Whether you are an expert wildlife photographer or a beginner, there is always something to learn from him on the field. Some of the sightings have left me emotionally drained. It will take some time to get back to normal life.
Thank you Harsha for being a wonderful teacher and friend. Thank you Toehold for al the safe arrangements. We couldn’t have asked for more. I highly recommend Toehold for your wildlife adventures. Stay safe.
Toehold and Harsha have helped us feel 2020 is not so bad. This has got be my best trip after Ranthambore , Oct 19. I have always trusted Harsha’s instincts as a master tracker. His intuitions led us to some exclusive sightings that were special. He is special. Thanks my friend. Toehold allayed our fears with impeccable arrangements and precautions during COVID times. As we wrap up another successful trip with Toehold, I take back with me, a lot of good memories, good photographs and some wonderful friends for life. Kabini is not all about Black. To me, Orange is the new Black.
This quote precisely describes our very own well known Cat Man, Mr. Harsha Narasimhamurthy. This was my first ever wildlife trip and to be mentored by Harsha was like icing on cake. We got to witness "The Big 5 of Kabini" in action and I'm lucky to have experienced it during the beautiful monsoons. We were lucky to witness Harsha at his best to track and spot a leopard and tiger with the calls made by Langoors and Deers, which was a great experience. Harsha's energy resonated in the team and my knowledge about wildlife has definitely increased by bounds since the start of the tour. Harsha and the Toehold team have been very warm and caring of all our needs during the stay. I can't wait to be back in Kabini. Thank you Harsha for making this trip a memorable and learning experience.
We cater to 3 different kinds of Kabini travellers. Which one are you?
There are three different ways to explore Kabini. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose your preferred Kabini wildlife tour package.
Get in touch with us to customise your departure!
Kabini and the Nagarahole National Park
Mixed deciduous forest snaking through Nilgiri Biosphere, home to abundant wildlife.
As a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in which bountiful wildlife thrives, Kabini is home to the majestic Indian Leopard and the Tiger among other various birds and animals. It is also the largest haven for the endangered Asiatic Elephant.
Beholding the gorgeous green landscape and the backwater environs of Kabini River is an experience you’ll cherish for a long, long time.
What you can expect in a Kabini wildlife tour package?
Kabini is a land of plenty but not predictable, with the exciting undercurrent of the unknown and imponderable woven innately into its enigmatic fabric.
But in recent times, it has become the destination for those seeking the smallest of India’s big cats, because here, the ghost of the canopy sheds its customary diffidence to emerge from the shadows.
When seen hanging off a tree as does an enticing fruit, the Kabini leopard adds a dash of orange panache to a dominance of green environs.
There is consensus that spots seldom come in a more desirable form than on an indolent leopard in its high-rise quarters regarding the affairs below with contempt.
And on occasion, when in a more ‘down-to-earth’ mood, the sight of it sitting by the track or crossing your path like a poem on legs can stick to your memory cells inseparably.
Rubbing shoulders with Nagarahole’s most famous penthouse-tenant is a multitude of wildlife, including a thriving population of the endangered Asiatic wild dog or dhole, whose team effort at nailing even the largest of prey is a study in planning and coordinated execution. The Kabini area is also a part of the largest refuge of the threatened Asiatic elephant and is still home to magnificent tuskers that fill your frame with ease.
On a boat ride, huge mugger crocodiles can be often seen making warmth while the sun shines, magnificent ospreys – fishing raptors that look quite splendid – perch on open tree stumps as beacons for the yearning photographer, river otters put in an appearance on occasion on their fishing expeditions, ashy wood-swallows, grey herons and large egrets pose enticingly in picturesque light; and droves of gaur, spotted deer and wild boar inhabit the shores, while a stroke of serendipity can even yield the coveted sight of a tiger.
The birds of the forest will complete the riveting act, with white-bellied woodpeckers, changeable hawk– and crested serpent-eagles, nuthatches, rollers, kingfishers and dozens of other species bringing up the numbers, while other animals, like the stripe-necked mongoose and the Bengal monitor lizard, stand up and get counted too.
So, it’s just as well that you have a camera in hand, for where the verbal faculty may find it nearly impossible to describe the spectacle, the Toehold team will venture to ensure that the medium of visual expression may just succeed in portraying it in some slight part.
Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry
It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.
Of course! Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.
Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!
However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.