If you have been on a river in Karnataka, you might feel another one would be repetitive and boring, but each river has its own character and riches to share.
A cruise on the vast backwaters of the river Bhadra is exhilarating, and not just for the variety of birds.
A cruise down the backwaters of the Kabini river is similar in some ways, yet different. Like the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary close to the Bhadra river, the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary is close to the river Kabini.
While visiting the sanctuary, the Kabini River lodge is a good option to stay in. Its program includes a cruise down the river backwaters.
The backwaters here are not as vast or rough as the Bhadra, and the banks (and resorts) there are easily visible. Apart from the water and migratory birds, terrapins and otters, depending on the season, a big attraction is the animals that come to graze on the banks and then drink in the river. Spotted deer are common, and at certain times, herds of elephants that play in the water. The boats are clean and comfortable, and the boatman is knowledgeable about wildlife. Even if you have been on another cruise, the Kabini cruise should not be missed.