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Old 2nd December 2009, 22:02   #1
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Hi guys! Was planning to take some time off in the first week of Jan to visit one of the Jungle Lodges property at Dubare called the Dubare Elephant Camp.

How is the place? Are the cottages OK? I understand the place has no electricity and you get the same only for short spells in the mornings and evenings through generators. What about the wildlife? Any luck in the past?

Will be grateful for any inputs on above. Thanks.
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I had been there about 2 years back.

The cottages were good. I guess electricity was an issue, as you have mentioned.

While on a Safari, we were almost chased by a tusker. It was an eventful Safari for us.
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I was there a couple of times. But never stayed at the cottages. Should be ok if you're with friends. Not much of creature comforts.
Kabini river lodge is great that way.
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Couple of weeks back we visited there, Now they have full time electricity and cottages are good also food and Safari. Best season is during Summer and or at least February onwards.

Elephant interaction is good programme. Coracle ride was nice one as usaul. Nothing much to see in Safari since this is not dry season(feb-may). Summer might be bit hot there.

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What about the wildlife? Any luck in the past?
Sighting wildlife has become more difficult than winning a lottery now a days.
Keep your expectations of sighting wildlife to very minimum and enjoy the trip.
As mentioned by @ravibhat, the elephant interaction programme is good.
I agree with @wildsdi5530 that Kabini river lodge is better.
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Kabini river Jungle Resort is best one. You can spot a lot there especially after February. Dubare on other hand its unique experience.

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Guys, thanks a lot for the inputs. Really appreciate it! Have booked a cottage at Dubare for 8 Jan and look forward to spending some time there.

Had been to Kabini River Lodge twice this year (in Feb and May) and I can not agree more that it really is a great place for sightings.

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Guys, thanks a lot for the inputs. Really appreciate it! Have booked a cottage at Dubare for 8 Jan and look forward to spending some time there.

Had been to Kabini River Lodge twice this year (in Feb and May) and I can not agree more that it really is a great place for sightings.

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Great, do post your experience once you are back from the trip. Have a safe drive and great time.
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I know this is old thread, posting it just for people who are interested to visit dubare forest.

Roads are good for people travelling from bangalore to dubare except few kms till u take left to dubare.
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kids ready to swim in the river.
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You can do river rafting aswell.
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GajaRaja - Elephant king.
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They make the elephant to place the trunk on the wall so that you can touch it.
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Blessed
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Depending upon the instruction the king sits n sleeps.
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felt sad after seeing the king chained
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Continued...
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Feeding time.

Elephants kitchen
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Ragi ball ready
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Compare the size of ragi ball with his head
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Fully grown elephant can easily swallow 2 at a time.
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After the food they give jaggery to inform elephant that his quota is over.
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Nice to see some activity there. These Mahouts entire lifetime is spent with the elephants and glad to see that they have an additional source of income.

Some of these animals do attend the mysore dasara and one of the camps in the coorg region have elephants which are experienced guide animals in capture of wild elephants
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Drinking time.

Kids running to watch the show.

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Over all it was a very well spent saturday with family.
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A quick search took me to this thread and thought of posting my query here - if not relevant, request it to be moved to to appropriate section

For whatever weird reason, I have booked the Dubbare Elephant Camp - JLR property for this weekend. Friday 8th is checkin and 9th checkout. The questions I have is -
- Which is the best route I should take - considering the monsoon season? This seems to be in coorg district and today's news paper said its heavy rains there which has caused schools to shut down. How would be the road conditions - Bangalore to JLR property?
- Don't care about rains while we are there but have to be cautious to not drive through areas/ roads that could be potentially dangerous due to water clogging/ submerged bridges etc if any or getting stuck at any place. must return to Bangalore by Saturday late night.
- Will 7am start from Bangalore work to be able to checkin by 1-2pm there?
- Any recommended breakfast joints en-route apart from usual Kamath/ thatte idli joints on mysore road?

Thanks for the responses in advance
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For whatever weird reason, I have booked the Dubbare Elephant Camp - JLR property for this weekend. Friday 8th is checkin and 9th checkout. The questions I have is -
- Which is the best route I should take - considering the monsoon season? This seems to be in coorg district and today's news paper said its heavy rains there which has caused schools to shut down. How would be the road conditions - Bangalore to JLR property?
Simplest route would be Bangalore-Hunsur-Periyapatna-Kushalnagar-Dubare (turn off to left at Kushalnagar).
You can visit the Tibetan settlement and monstery at Bylakuppe on the way to Kushalnagar.
To get to Hunsur you can turn right at the circle in Srirangapatnam via Ilvala. Check on condition of this road, it was reported to be bad sometime ago but a friend took this last week on a bike ride and he said it was fine but you never know since it's a biker's perspective
Alternately, go up to Mysore Columbia Asia junction, turn right to outer ring road and then get to Hunsur Road.

If you plan to start by 7am, expect slow traffic upto Srirangapatna/Mysore.
Suggest you start earlier by 6 at least. That way you can stop at Maddur for breakfast - Thimmadas on left side and Adigas on right side, both are good. Avoid the food courts that have come up on this stretch!

Hope this helps.

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For whatever weird reason, I have booked the Dubbare Elephant Camp - JLR property for this weekend. Friday 8th is checkin and 9th checkout.
Nothing weird about it, Durare is the best place to touch & feel the elephants.
The biggest attraction about Durare is elephants bathing in the river. You can give bath to elephants . For this you have to land there before 9AM. 9th morning will work for your schedule.
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