Kabini River

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: Prices vary depending on the ride.
Time Required
Two to three hours
10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Nature lovers, Wildlife Enthusiasts, Families, Couples and Friends.

Quick Info

The Kabini River in Kalpetta is a prominent tributary of the Cauvery River, a famous river in South India. There is a vast reservoir and a dam built near the Kabini River. The meadows around the river and reservoir are rich in wildlife. You may spot animals like Elephants, Indian Gaurs, Otters, Crocodiles and Deer. You will also see birds like Eagles, Cormorants and Peacocks. A boat ride in the Kabini River is almost like a wildlife safari.

Rankings & Ratings

A tranquil river offering a unique boat safari experience.
Editor's Rankings

#2 in 11 Things to Do in Wayanad

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

The Kabini River offers a wonderful boat safari experience. The unique boat ride allows tourists to watch birds and animals on the banks of the river or sometimes, in the river itself. The views all over the place, especially during dawn, are exquisite. The Kabini River is a must-visit attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.


  • Many chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Exquisite views and great weather.
  • Memorable boat safari experience.
  • Calm and tranquil river.


  • On some occasions, you may not see animals.
  • Dam may not be in a good condition.

Detailed Info

Located in Kalpetta of Wayanad, the Kabini River is a prominent tributary of the famous Cauvery River. A huge dam was built in 1974 near the river. It is 2284 ft in length. The river forms a vast reservoir. The banks of the river and reservoir are rich in wildlife. You may spot animals like Elephants, Indian Gaurs, Otters, Crocodiles and Deer and birds like Eagles, Cormorants and Peacocks. The Kabini Forest Reserve, which is located on the banks of the Kabini River, is actually an extremely popular wildlife destination.

The 55-acre forest reserve around the Kabini River enjoys a scenic landscape filled with lush greenery. It forms a major portion of the Nagarahole National Park. The place was a famous hunting spot during the British Rule. Both British Viceroys and Indian Royals would have a session of hunting at this spot. Today, when tourists enjoy a boat safari through the Kabini River, they get opportunities to spot quite a few animals and birds on the banks. The view of animals and birds sipping water from the river is a treat to the eyes.