Thursday, June 03, 2010

Kabini and her elephants -1







I had taken my parents to Kabini to escape the Madras heat and the river was kind to us. A tributary of the Cauvery, the river has its origins in Wayanad . A dam built on it in the 1970s helped form the backwaters which has the Bandipur forests on one end of its bank and the Nagarhole on the other.




In summer, the waters recede, but the river and the forests on either banks play host to herds of elephants who migrate here looking for food.They grace the banks or enjoy a swim or even have a mud bath sometimes.





We were unlucky with the sightings of leopard and tiger, but were rewarded with quality sightings of elephants as we saw herds shepherding their young ones or tuskers locking horns.

Sometimes they are taking a bath or enjoying a swim while a lone tusker that let us watch him for a while.

These are some of the pictures from the banks. Coming up are the elephants from the Nagarhole forests

28 comments:

Aaarti said...

Lovely pictures... :))

shivani said...

Thanks to your posts i am on my way to my first Jungle Resort.
Next Kabini and Garibole in October as suggested by my blogdost Karthik.
Karthik knows you and that feels Gr8.
As your shots are too good it would sound cliched to say anything more but that i feel i should be lucky enough to see a mother elephant and her baby...the cutest of all young ones i feel is the baby elephant followed by a piglet especially the way the small tail is curled.
Your parents must be so proud of you and overjoyed with the trip.
Just a request since i would like you to share my happiness over this.Check out my new post for which due credits goes only to Karthik.i am too happy that i go on a blabber trip to tell you this :)

shivani said...

Thanks to your posts i am on my way to my first Jungle Resort.
Next Kabini and Garibole in October as suggested by my blogdost Karthik.
Karthik knows you and that feels Gr8.
As your shots are too good it would sound cliched to say anything more but that i feel i should be lucky enough to see a mother elephant and her baby...the cutest of all young ones i feel is the baby elephant followed by a piglet especially the way the small tail is curled.
Your parents must be so proud of you and overjoyed with the trip.
Just a request since i would like you to share my happiness over this.Check out my new post for which due credits goes only to Karthik.i am too happy that i go on a blabber trip to tell you this :)

alok said...

Wow! they are just so amazing. And I must say the pictures were captured beautifully.

Lakshmi said...

Thanks Aarti and Alok..had some great light..so managed some decent pics this time

Shivani - am glad you are going to Galibore - thats my all time fav place , the baby elephants are very cute..saw a few lying down, some being shepherded by their parents and some havg a bath..will post some more soon..will def hop over to your blog

Mridula said...

What a lovely site that is!

Laura said...

Truly awe inspiring. Thanks!

indicaspecies said...

In January this year, I was at another part along the tributary of the same Cauvery at the Dubare Elephant Camp and had a similar experience.

These are excellent shots Lakshmi. Have the monsoons started at your end?

Lakshmi said...

Mridula - This is asia's largest congregation of elephants - sometimes you can see hundreds of them by the river side

Laura - Thank you

Celine - Ive been to Dubare and its beautiful as well..the only difference is that those are elephants in captivity , wild animals which have been cruelly captured and domesticated, while these are wild elephants, free to roam around the rivers

asha said...

Beautiful clicks. I believe kabini is listed among the top five jungle resorts by NATGEO. I just love the whole stretch from mysore to coorg but hav'nt visited kabini yet.

Anjuli said...

Truly magnificent!!!!!

Trotter said...

Hi Lakshmi! What a post! Wonderful shots... It remembers me of a great holiday in Kenya some years ago...

Blogtrotter Two is departing Turkey 2009! Enjoy the views and have a great week ahead!!

Delhi to Agra said...

Very amazing clicks, nicely captured in the frames! Looking marvellous...

vishesh said...

wow! awesome!

Jeevan said...

I wish i go there sometime to enjoy such existing. The pictures are extremely good, and i like the lightning and soil layers.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Great Pictures, the lighting was beautiful!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Incredible pictures and amazing nature! The elephants are just stunning. Have a great day my friend.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Beautiful photographs. Unfortunately I find lot many stumps on the ground indicating felling of grown up trees.

Akumal Mexico said...

Woah! I can't imagine seeing something like that in real life. Gorgeous!
-Micah

Anu said...

beautiful! i have twice planned and cancelled a trip to kabini.... wish i can go at least this december!

seo said...

You can see hundreds of elephants their at a time and you will also find their Cheap Hotels to stay and enjoy.

mark said...

from the Manhattan jungle to here...looks calmer in Kabini

Ahila said...

nice pictures...plan to go to kabini

ana said...

Nice reading and love the photos...

vinith said...

I planned a tour for one months and i came across your blog.. the picture is nice..! can any one recommend a chennai travels at a cheap car rentals?

ടോംസ്‌||Toms said...

Nice snaps..

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hey, these are nice pictures and i love these adventures, you made this post excellent .this could be done only by an adventurer person.

Regards
Gaurav

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