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Kabini is located near Mysore in Karnataka, India. The area was once an exclusive hunting ground for the rulers of Mysore. In 1955 a small wildlife sanctuary was set up here, and later its area was increased to 643.39 sq km. It became a national park in 1988 and ten years later, in 1999, it was declared a Project Tiger reserve.

The Kabini area is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is under consideration from USESCO to be declared a World Heritage Site. Kabini is most famous for its leopards, tigers, Indian bison, and elephants.


The Kabini district is located 94kms away from Mysore, Karnataka in South India. It lies between the Kodagu and Mysore districts to the northwest of Bandipur National Park. Kabini has a famous namesake river, rich forest cover, valleys, and waterfalls. It also contains an abundance of vegetation.

The surrounding areas of Kabini include Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Nagarhole National Park. These together are a part of the largest protected area in Southern India-about 2,183 sq km of wilderness.


The most famous residents of Kabini are leopards, tigers, Indian bison, and elephants. Other mammals that can be spotted here include Indian wild dogs, jackals, sloth bears, striped hyenas, spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, four-horned antelopes, and civets.

The Kabini area is home to over 270 species of birds. You can find the critically endangered oriental white-backed vulture, and vulnerable species like the lesser adjutant, greater spotted eagle, and the Nilgiri wood pigeon here. Near threatened species here include darters, oriental white ibises, greater grey headed fish, and red headed vultures. Species endemic to this region include the blue winged parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, and the white-bellied treepie.

Reptile enthusiasts should look for mugger crocodiles, Indian rock pythons, Russell's vipers, common kraits, rat snakes, and bamboo pit vipers here.