Kabini Dam

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Kabini Dam, Kabini Overview

Kabini Dam is located in Mysore District, in the South-Western Indian State of Karnataka. It is built on River Kabini, which is a major tributary of River Cauvery in Southern India. The dam forms an enormous reservoir called the Kabini Reservoir near the town of Sargur and is at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Mysore. The location is picturesque with lush green surroundings and the pristine river water flowing serenely towards its destination. Visitors often come here to experience peace; hence the reservoir is a preferred picnic spot for locals. Many travellers are engineering enthusiasts who love exploring structures across the globe and never miss a chance to visit this engineering marvel in South-West India.

Kabini Dam was built in 1974 on River Kabini and is a tourist attraction for the enthralling nature that surrounds the structure. One can explore the dam, the flora and fauna and the river valley and immerse in its serene beauty. The dense forests around are home to a variety of birds, making the location an apt place for bird watching. This area was a hotspot for hunting for Maharajas and British Officers during the Colonial era. The dam, today, is a significant source of water for the Government of Karnataka and helps them supply ample quantity of water to over 20 villages in the state.

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Kabini dam was built in 1974 as part of the mini-hydel project in the region. The project was undertaken by the Government of Karnataka to bring about improved and stable electric power supply to the region. It is an earthen type of dam with left bank spillway. It is built on River Kabini that is a major tributary of River Cauvery that further flows into the Bay of Bengal.

The dam is about 13,000 feet in length and about 167 feet in height above the river bed. It is constructed on 55 acres of land and has four spillway gates that are about 270 feet in height. Kabini Dam also provides water supply to Sagaredoddakere and Upper Nugu Dams especially during monsoons with about 28 thousand million cubic feet of water. The Kabini catchment area is about 2150 square kilometre that provides water to around 20 villages in Karnataka.

Jeep safari: An open Jeep Safari is a preferred way to explore the dense forests around Kabini Dam. The Jeep safari cost includes the cost of the meal and evening tea/ coffee as well. The safari goes on for about three hours and covers a vast expanse of the forest area. One can spot Elephants, Deers, Leopards and even Tigers.

Elephant Safari: This is another marvellous way to explore the forests around Kabini dam. The elephant reserve nearby arranges for elephant safaris for tourists.

Boating Safari in River Kabini: Boating in Kabini River is another popular activity here, mostly to explore flora and fauna. Boat safaris are a unique and a fun way of exploring the region that is home to elephants, leopards, crocodiles, langurs and birds.

The best time to visit Kabini Dam is between October and March, during winters, as the weather is pleasant and the water level is safe enough to explore the region.

1. Visitors need to carry their own snacks and beverages for the trip. There may not be vendors around.
2. Do not litter the site.
3. It is advisable to travel in groups while exploring the forest area to be safe.

One can reach the picturesque location of Kabini dam in about an hour and a half by road from Mysore via Mananthavadi road. It is well connected to Bangalore, Mysore and other surrounding cities through the KSRTC buses that run regularly on this route.

The closest railway station is the Mysuru Junction. Travellers can hail public transport from the Junction and take the route via Mananthavadi road.

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