Kabini

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Kabini Wildlife Tour Packages

Wildlife group tours, photography tours or customised itineraries.
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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. 

Quick Information

Best time to Visit:
Throughout the year

Recommended min. duration:
2 nights/3 days

Attractions:
Wildlife
Kabini River
Kabini Dam

Activities:
Wildlife Safari
Photography
Boat Safari
Coracle Ride

Nearest Airport:
Bengaluru
Mysuru

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Our Kabini Tours

Reviews by Tour Participants

Ranjani Narayanan
Chennai
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The last six months during Covid was depressing. The shining light was my trip with Toehold and Harsha to the beautiful kabini forest. A truly memorable trip with some stunning sightings and bucket load of photographs but more importantly, some precious insights and knowledge gained from Harsha on wildlife photography.

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.
Akash Valke
Bengaluru
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I thought I was just "lucky" this time. But during next rounds I realised how Harsha's experience, knowledge of the forests, the cats and their territory ended up with 8 big cat encounters. His superb ability to read the signs and quick thinking gave us a few exclusive sightings that I had only imagined in my dreams. When the other groups were lucky enough to get 2/3 sightings our group had plenty of sightings including the Big 5 of Kabini and not because we were "lucky" but because we had Harsha Narasimhamurthy with us. His on the field tips and advice not only helps beginners but the seasoned photographers as well. He takes time out to see everyone's pictures and is a very good critic as well. Thank you Harsha, for setting a new benchmark for Toehold and I can't wait to travel with you on many more photo tours! Also a big thank you to Jayanth and rest of the Toehold team as well!
Balaji N
Chennai
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*12 Individual cats* - _7 Tigers, 5 Leopards_ Big Five of Kabini - Leopard on a tree, Tiger head on, Dholes mating/playing, Gaur fighting and Tuskers charging.

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.
Arnab Basu
Bengaluru
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The experience in Kabini with Toehold was mind blowing. We were also lucky to see all five flagship species of Western Ghats during our trip i.e., Bengal Tiger, leopard, Gaur, Elephant and Dhole. Besides wildlife sighting I particularly enjoyed our skipper Haraha's photography teaching and liked his knowledge on wildlife and natural history... looking forward to do more such trips with Toehold and Harsha.
Sanya Gupta
Bengaluru
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"If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love."

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.

Kabini Photography Group Tours

Our team of ace photographers will guide you on exciting Kabini Photography Tours to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.

Upcoming Departures

Kabini Wildlife Group Tours

Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting human experience. Our fixed departure Kabini Wildlife Tour Packages are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals or families alike.

Upcoming Departures

Kabini Customised Vacations

For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of packages.

Get in touch with us to customise your departure!

Why let us arrange your trip?

At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime. Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:

Precise Customisation

It’s your holiday, so you tell us how you want it, and we’ll customise it to your exact expectations, down to every possible detail, just short of what fragrance of air-freshener you’d prefer in your cab.

Expert Advice

Not clear about what you want or how to make the most of your vacation? Pick our brains and make an informed decision about how you’d like to spend your precious holiday, and then just prepare for a rollicking time.

Unmatched Experience

With partnerships with the best people in the field and a stellar logistical network, we ensure no holds are barred in helping you enjoy an enriching and memorable experience.

Flawless Orchestration

Once the plan is set, you can count on us to make your experience a flawless pleasure. A star may implode or a planet may go out of orbit, but you can rest assured your tour will motor on without a glitch.

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.

Kabini Wildlife Safari Package Tours
An Elephant in the backwaters of Kabini

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.

Sleeping Leopard
A Leopard is resting on a tree in Kabini.

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-swallowsgrey herons and large egrets pose enticingly in picturesque light; and droves of gaurspotted 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 woodpeckerschangeable hawk– and crested serpent-eaglesnuthatchesrollerskingfishers 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.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.
That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthuisast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hop on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

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.

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.

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.

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Panther Paradise - Kabini Photo Tour Schedules

NOV 4-6, 2020 - OPEN

Wildlife Photography Bootcamp

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

NOV 6-8, 2020 - FULL

Wildlife Photography Bootcamp

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

DEC 4-6, 2020 - OPEN

Wildlife Photography Bootcamp

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

DEC 6-8, 2020 - OPEN

Wildlife Photography Bootcamp

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Tour Itinerary (2N/3D)

The Tour commences and ends at Kabini (Karapura). Travel from or via Bengaluru and back will be by sharing participants’ private cars or shared cabs at extra actual cost. Assistance in the way of coordination and arrangements will be provided but please talk to us for additional help or special needs. 

Departure 1: NOV 4-6, 2020 (OPEN)

Departure 2: NOV 6-8, 2020 (FULL)

Departure 3: DEC 4-6, 2020 (OPEN)

Departure 4: DEC 6-8, 2020 (FULL)

After a 4.5-hour-drive from Bengaluru, participants reach Kabini by noon. Following a leisurely lunch and a round of introduction to understand one another better, we mull on what’s in store for the next two days and embark on our first safari by 03:30 p.m. Navigating through the excellent network of roads in the Nagarahole jungle, we enjoy an inaugural taste of the wild, keeping our eyes peeled for action on the ground, the air and the canopy.

After hopefully an eventful ride, we return to camp at 06:30 p.m. and relax over tea, following which a ChaayaaChitra session will ensue, in which we discuss photography techniques. Later, we enjoy a scrumptious supper and retire for the night.
An early morning wake-up call and tea will set the tone for the morning safari at 06:30 a.m. Cutting through the freshness of the morning, we pursue materialization of wildlife and very possibly try some of the tips and techniques discussed in the ChaayaaChitra session the previous night.

Upon our return from the excursion at 09:30 a.m., a hot breakfast will await us, and after satiating our hunger we retreat to our rooms to refresh and rest awhile, meeting again at noon for ChitraTantra, another informative session full of interaction and fun.
After lunch, perhaps a brief nap and tea, we reenter the forest with more hope for cat luck, let our hair down and make a lot of images of the sights we encounter.

Having spent a cumulative five hours in the wild for the day, we walk into camp a happy bunch and relate our tales over tea, following which a session of CharchaaLoka will unfold.

We tuck in for the night after enjoying an appetizing dinner.
Hoping for a fitting climax to a great Tour, we embark on the last safari at the usual hour in the morning. And since cat activity is at its peak during the early hours of the day, there is every possibility of the Tour ending on a high note.

After the safari and breakfast we gather for a final rendezvous before checking out at 11:00 a.m. and setting off for our respective abodes where our families wait to hear our tales.

Cost & Terms

Individuals

INR 30,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

Couples

INR 59,000
  • Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 29,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

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.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.

That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthusiast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hope on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Ofcourse, yes. 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.

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.

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.

Verdant Haven - Kabini Photo Tour Schedules

TBA

Wildlife Photography Tour

Skipper: TBA

Tour Itinerary (3N/4D)

The Tour commences and ends at Kabini (Karapura). Travel from or via Bengaluru and back will be by sharing participants’ private cars or shared cabs at extra actual cost. Assistance in the way of coordination and arrangements will be provided but please talk to us for additional help or special needs. 

Departure 1 TBA

After a 4.5-hour-drive from Bengaluru, participants reach Kabini by noon. Following a leisurely lunch and a round of introduction to understand one another better, we mull on what’s in store for the next two days and embark on our first safari by 03:30 p.m. Navigating through the excellent network of roads in the Nagarahole jungle, we enjoy an inaugural taste of the wild, keeping our eyes peeled for action on the ground, the air and the canopy.

After hopefully an eventful ride, we return to camp at 06:30 p.m. and relax over tea, following which a ChaayaaChitra session will ensue, in which we discuss photography techniques. Later, we enjoy a scrumptious supper and retire for the night.
An early morning wake-up call and tea will set the tone for the morning safari at 06:30 a.m. Cutting through the freshness of the morning, we pursue materialization of wildlife and very possibly try some of the tips and techniques discussed in the ChaayaaChitra session the previous night.

Upon our return from the excursion at 09:30 a.m., a hot breakfast will await us, and after satiating our hunger we retreat to our rooms to refresh and rest awhile, meeting again at noon for ChitraTantra, another informative session full of interaction and fun.
After lunch, perhaps a brief nap and tea, we reenter the forest with more hope for cat luck, let our hair down and make a lot of images of the sights we encounter.

Having spent a cumulative five hours in the wild for the day, we walk into camp a happy bunch and relate our tales over tea, following which a session of CharchaaLoka will unfold.

We tuck in for the night after enjoying an appetizing dinner.
Hoping for a fitting climax to a great Tour, we embark on the last safari at the usual hour in the morning. And since cat activity is at its peak during the early hours of the day, there is every possibility of the Tour ending on a high note.

After the safari and breakfast we gather for a final rendezvous before checking out at 11:00 a.m. and setting off for our respective abodes where our families wait to hear our tales.

Cost & Terms

Individuals

INR 49,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

Couples

INR 97,000
  • Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 48,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

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.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.

That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthusiast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hope on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Ofcourse, yes. 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.

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.

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.