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Kaveri by Dubare Forest
River Kaveri at Dubare.
Dubare elephant camp near Madikeri

Dubare is known for its elephant camp, a forest camp on the banks of the river Kaveri in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka. It is an important base for the Karnataka Forest Department's elephants.

The elephants for the Mysore Dussehra were trained at Dubare elephant camp[citation needed]. At present, after logging operations have ceased, the elephants have been practically retired except for giving interaction activities with them to tourists.[1]

There are opportunities for trekking, elephant interaction, and stay. These are hosted by Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. (JLR). JLR is the ecotourism wing of the Tourism Department of Karnataka. In addition to the elephant training camp, Nisargadhama[clarification needed] and Veerabhoomi[clarification needed] are the other main attractions of the forest area.


A tusker at Dubare

The moist deciduous forests of Dubare are home to many wild animals and birds. Sightings of wild Asiatic elephants are regular and so is spotting the sambhar, the spotted deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, and gaur. Bears are also seen in these forests. Crocodiles can be seen in the river. The forests are also home to many reptiles and non-venomous snakes.

Birdlife in Dubare has peacocks, partridges, kingfishers and woodpeckers topping the list.[1]

Getting there[edit]

Dubare is easily accessible from Mangalore which is 173 km away. The route from Bangalore is via Mysore, Kushalanagara, Gudde Hosur (4 km from Kushalanagara on BM Road), then turn towards Siddapura. About 15 kilometer on the Siddapura Main Road visitors would find a Dubare Camp board.


Before reaching the Elephant Camp there are local people who will provide you the joy of still water rafting (Must experience if you are afraid of the real rafting). It is an enjoyable ride which you can enjoy in very cheap price. It is not really a cheap ride, costs approximately Rs.600 per person for a short ride. People are on the bank who will contact you once you reach there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jungle Lodges Archived 4 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 12°22′07″N 75°54′18″E / 12.3685°N 75.9049°E / 12.3685; 75.9049