Kabini National Park (or Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary) is a popular wildlife destination of South India, located in the state of Karnataka. On the banks of one of its prime attraction, Kabini River, one can easily spot wild animals like elephants and tigers. The national park is located on the southern-eastern part of Nagarhole National Park and covers an area of 55 acres of forestland, water-bodies and steep valleys.
The district of Kabini is located about 94 km away from Mysore, Karnataka. It is situated between Mysore and Kodagu districts and on the northwest of Bandipur National Park. Kabini Forest Reserve is surrounded by Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai National Park, Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park.
A popular tourist location in southern India, the sanctuary offers different kinds of animals, birds and wildlife. The dam at Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary across the river near Beechanahalli is a special attraction.
Kabini plays host to over 300 species of birds including the Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, Malabar pied-hornbill, crested serpent-eagle, crested hawk-eagle, common hawk cuckoo, changeable hawk eagle, Indian Roller, Indian reed, woodpeckers, warblers, grey jungle fowl, water fowl, scarlet minivet, ospreys, ducks, herons, red vented bulbul, ring dove, common babbler, red whiskered bulbul and more. It has a healthy population of the predators - tiger, the leopard and wild dogs - due to the high prey density of the park. Main herbivores of the park are the Asiatic elephant, gaur (Indian bison), chital (spotted deer); Sambar. Kabini is also famous for the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants in the world during the dry summer months.