Looking for a quiet getaway from the Bangalore city life? Then Dubare Elephant Camp, Karnataka is the perfect place for you. Deep into the woods, beside river Kaveri, there stood a breathtakingly peaceful property of Jungle Lodges and Resorts. Dubare Elephant Camp is the joint venture of the forest department and the Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd in order to promote wildlife tourism at its natural best. We started our ride from Bangalore on a crisp Saturday morning, almost at the time of sunrise in our Kawasaki Ninja 350cc. And exactly before lunchtime we reached our destination. The highway till Dubare Camp is moderately decent. And have ample of good pit stops on the way for fuel or a quick bite. Driving or hiring a cab is the best plan to reach this place. The camp is nestled totally off the highway. So it’s highly recommended to use Google Maps or a printed map for the exact directions. If you speak the local dialect then you can seek the help of the natives as well to confirm the directions.While you are about to arrive at the camp give a call to the concerned person at the camp informing him about your arrival time. The polite staff of the camp will take care of parking your vehicle while a small steamer boat transports the guests to the property. Imagine crossing the weirdly peaceful and calm river dodging the extended branches of the trees that are kissing the river. One rarely enjoys such scenes while living in a concrete jungle.
So are the guests greeted by the elephants on arrival? Definitely no. In fact, there are no elephants to be seen around the lodges. The team saves the best for the last. Till then you familiarize yourself with the surroundings, dig into the delicious lunch spread at the rustique dining area whose foundation is submerged in the river and the windows provide an incredible tranquil view of the river. An occasional squirrel might join you for the lunch making its way through the tree branches sneaking into the dining area. Post lunch, you can wander around, capture the beautiful surroundings into digital frames or take a quick power nap. Around 4 pm, the jeep safari into the deep forest begins under the guidance of an expert naturalist. Make sure to carry your binoculars for the same. You are definitely going to need them. The camp is located in the Coorg district, hence enjoys idyllic weather conditions. Monsoons (July to mid-September) are difficult, but the swollen river makes it all the more interesting and the surrounding foliage is alive and vibrant. The post-monsoon months till the Spring is the ideal time to visit the camp as the weather is perfect. I would not recommend this place for summers, as the afternoons are humid, dull and dry.
As the sun sets, the silence of the Jungle is muddled by the sounds of the nocturnal critters. They kinda provide a thrilling background score to enhance your wild experience. And the crocodile warning signs near the river bank definitely scare the city folks like us. One useful advice – go to bed early. I know it is difficult not to build an interesting conversation over the scrumptious dinner besides bonfire. But at Dubare Elephant Camp schedule is followed very seriously. Next morning, you will have a wake up call around 5 am. Wake up to the birdsong, mist engulfed surroundings and greet the morning with a cup of tea/coffee. Get ready, wear your jogging shoes, as you are going to join a trained naturalist on a Jungle trail that too walking. He overloads you with an array of information. Don’t mind!! Remember whatever you can. Once the jungle trail ends, a Coracle boat is waiting for you by the side of the river. With a blanket of mist floating over the river, nature really puts its best show at this wee hour. Absorb every moment of this magical ride. Because it is definitely a rare display of mesmerizing natural beauty.
And then finally it’s the time to meet the giant mammals – the elephants. The sole purpose for which you have come to the camp. I think never in my life again I could be this close to an elephant. They come in groups, guided by their respective handlers, and they are seriously massive. With a calm persona, not intimidated by the human presence, they glide into the river like a professional swimmer. And then you get to give them a bath. Can you imagine giving a huge elephant wash and scrub like your pet? Yes, you get to do that at Dubare Elephant Camp. A trained naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of the elephant history, ecology and biology. And there are those naughty baby elephants in the group. They rarely miss a chance to play tricks in the water. The elephant adventure is not over yet. You get to feed these elephants as well. After all, who doesn’t like a good breakfast after the relaxing bath? Post eating if these elephants are in a good mood, they can give you a ride as well. Whether it is a jeep Safari into Dubare forest with a trained naturalist, watching wildlife documentary or sitting beside the campfire under the stars, Dubare Camp brings you more close to the mother nature. It instills a sense of responsibility and respect towards the wild ecosystem.
.….and what weekend at Dubare taught me, “Nature is one of the finest art of God. Let’s respect it for that.”
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