Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of expansive Nagarhole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) in southern state of Karnataka in India. Named after the river Kabini which flows between Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park, the wildlife in Kabini includes endangered Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Asian elephants, Sambhar, Spotted deer, Cheetal, black Panther, Antelopes, Sloth Bear and more than 350 species of birds.
The park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts & photographers and Ornithologists as it provides perfect settings for sightings of rare animals and more than 350 species of birds. While the park is open all year round, best period considered to visit is between October and April.
Best way to explore the wilderness in park is by Jeep and boat safaris conducted twice a day. Early morning safaris by jeep are the best to witness the wild animals to roam in the park for water and food before the temperature rises during the day. Boat safaris on the calm waters of Kabini river are best to see different species of birds that nest around the waterways.
The forests of Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarhole National Park Park were an exclusive hunting reserves of the kings of the Wodeyar rulers, the former rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. Kabini is around 50 kms or 1.5 hours drive from Mysore and Nearest airport is Bangalore, around 245 kms / 5 hours drive.