There is no recipe or method to plan the perfect holiday or weekend getaway because each person is different and have their own likes and dislikes. Like different flavors of ice creams, there are different kinds of travellers as well. There are the ones who enjoy the hustle bustle of the city life; some enjoy soaking in some sun and sand while some others prefer getting lost among the rich flora and fauna of the place. Whatever might be the preferance, there is a place for everyone in our rich country.
Kabini : The 240 km long stretch of beauty that is the Kabini River, has its origins from Wayanad in Kerela and flows through the state of Karnataka. Famous for its wildlife reserve and the Kabini Dam, it has given birth to one of the most scenic backwaters and reservoir that the country has to offer. It is a perfect backdrop for anyone looking at experiencing the best of wildlife that it has to offer while in a peaceful setting.
Over the years, the state government, tourism boards and various individuals have capitalized on the beauty of the area and given birth to a number of resorts in Kabini to welcome all wildlife enthusiasts to soak in all the diverse flora and fauna. The various jungle resorts kabini area has to offer are suited for various budgets so that no one misses out on the chance to visit the place.
The picturesque resorts in the area have proved to be a perfect getaway for anyone looking at some relaxation and rejuvenation. What also makes them popular are the various restaurants and bar serving organic and local cuisine. They also gives their guests the opportunity to bird watch over the wetlands, explore the Tibetan culture at the various monasteries located nearby, go fishing, cycling, take a coracle ride, go on guided nature walks, take lessons in wildlife photography and go trekking around the area.
Bandipur National Park: Apart from this, there are a lot of wildlife sanctuaries near Bangalore that boast of animals like the Bangal Tiger, a four-horned antelope and a barking deer. One such famous sanctuary is the Bandipur National Park which is known to be the former hunting ground for the King of Mysore. It is located at a distance of 220 km from the city and can be accessed via cars or private and government run buses. The best time to visit the park is during the months of October to April when the weather is pleasant. Courtesy of the Karnataka Forest Department is has safari tours which takes you around the park and treats your eyes to various tigers, lions, mouse deer, chital, sambar and gaur. The entry fee is Rs. 300 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 1500 for foreigners. Apart from this the other places are the Nagarahole National Park, Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary, Adichunchanagiri Peacock Sanctuary, Banerghatta National Park and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.
Coorg: Coorg is one of the most beautiful places in the southern region and is located about five hours away from Bangalore. It is home to the famous Dubare Elephant Camp which is situated on the banks of the Cauvery River. This camp is a result of a project that was undertaken by the forest department of Karnataka and the jungle lodges and resorts board. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in the area especially among people who love animals. The elephant camp is home to plenty of elephants and gives the tourists the unique opportunity of getting close to the animals and spend some memorable time with them. The elephants here used to be trained to perform at Mysore Dusshera however that has now been stopped and now they are used to gives rides in the jungle which lasts for up to 45 minutes. The visitors can take part in various activities that involve elephants like bathing and feeding banana, coconuts, jaggery, ragi and sugarcane to them. There are also cottages located within the camp for people who wish to stay there overnight amongst the lap of nature. It is a unique experience that everyone should be a part of when they visit Coorg.