Dubare Elephant Camp Coorg Timings, Entry Fee, Booking

by Surojit Palmal
Dubare Elephant Camp

Coorg is a natural hub that offers an abundance of natural beauty. And a location that offers natural beauty is obviously a popular sightseeing spot for nature lovers as well. Many people visit Coorg to enjoy the breathtaking and untouched beauty of the location and the rich flora and fauna. However there are some unique locations in Coorg that you can visit and enjoy the wildlife. For a wildlife enthusiast the Dubare Elephant Camp can be an exciting location to visit. The Dubare Elephant Camp Coorg is one of the popular sightseeing locations in Coorg.

This is the location where you can observe elephants in their most natural habitat. Not just that you can also know about them and also participate in feeding and bathing. It can be a thrilling experience to spend some time there. They also have options for accommodation there which you can opt for too. So, next time that you are visiting Coorg, do plan a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp. Visiting this camp will be interesting as well as educational. And nature and wildlife enthusiasts will totally enjoy their experience at this elephant camp. Keep on reading this article as I will mention everything about the elephant camp here. This will be a helpful read for you if you are planning a trip to this elephant camp in Coorg.

Dubare Elephant Camp Coorg

Location of Dubare Elephant Camp: Kushalnagar, Nanjarayapattana, Coorg district, Karnataka

Dubare Elephant Camp timings: 9 am to 11 am and again from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Entry fee of Dubare Elephant CampDubare Elephant Camp entry fee for boat to the main camp is Rs. 20. There are separate prices for the camp that includes a day visit to the camp, camp activities along with lunch and tea / coffee.

Dubare Elephant Camp Price

River View Cottage price

1.       Rs. 5335 per room per night for Indian citizens

2.       Rs. 8120 per room per night for foreigners

Cottage price

1.       Rs. 4720 per cottage per night for Indian citizens

2.       Rs. 7400 per cottage per night for foreigners

Elephant Camp Activities

1.       Rs. 670 per person for Indian citizens

2.       Rs. 1447 per person for foreigners

Day Visit to Elephant Camp

1.       Rs. 1310 per person for Indian citizen

2.       Rs. 2250 per person for foreigners

How to reach Dubare Elephant Camp

By air

The Mangalore airport, Mysore airport and the Kannur airport are the nearest airports to reach the Dubare Elephant Camp. From the Mangalore airport the elephant camp is located at a distance of 179 km and it would take around 4 hours and 11 minutes to reach the camp. Also from the Mysore airport the elephant camp is located 116 km away. You can reach the elephant camp in about 2 hours and 31 minutes from the Mysore airport. From the airports you will have to hire a cab or take a taxi to reach the Dubare Elephant Camp.

By train

The Mysore railway station and the Mangalore railway stations are the nearest railway stations to reach the Dubare Elephant Camp. From Mysore railway station the elephant camp in Coorg is 101 km away. You can reach the camp from the railway station in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Also from the Mangalore railway station the Dubare camp is 170 km away and you can reach there in 4 hours. You will have to take a car or hire a cab to reach the location in Coorg.

By road

You can also drive to this location from nearby places like Mangalore, Bangalore, and Mysore. Drive via NH 48 to reach the elephant camp from Bangalore. The distance from Bangalore to the elephant camp is 239 km and you can reach there in about 4 and half hours. From Kushalnagar town the distance of the camp is 17 km. Madikeri to Dubare Elephant Camp distance is 36.6 km. You can reach the camp by road in about 50 minutes. If you are travelling from nearby locations you can also opt for local transport like autos. The fare would range in between Rs. 300 to Rs. 400. You can also opt for government or private buses to reach the elephant camp. Ticket costs would be around Rs. 80 to Rs. 100.

Best time to visit Dubare Elephant Camp

Best time to visit Dubare Elephant Camp
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The ideal time to visit this area is after the monsoon season from the month of September to March. This is the time when the weather remains very pleasant and you will be able to enjoy the varied activities at the camp to the fullest. During the summer the weather at the Dubare camp is around 34 degrees and it drops down to 21 degrees after monsoon. However, avoid visiting here during the monsoon months though. Even though the area looks its best with the lush greenery around in monsoon, the whole area gets muddy and slippery. It would not be very comfortable to explore the area during this time. Also the slippery pathway is a bit risky to walk on, so avoid visiting here during the monsoon.


Overview of Dubare Elephant Camp

The Dubare Elephant Camp located on the Cauvery River bank is one of the most popular tourist places in Coorg that visitors love. This camp in Coorg attracts visitors from all over the world who visit here to enjoy the unique experience here. This is an elephant camp that houses a good number of elephants. The visitors here can get a very close view of the elephants and observe them in their most natural habitat too. At one point of time this location served as a training site for elephants for the famous Dasara festival procession in Mysore. Also this camp was under the control of the Karnataka Forest Department. However, at present the Forest Department along with the Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd jointly runs this elephant camp.

In this camp you will find naturalists who will explain the history, ecology and the biology of the elephants to the visitors. Not only that, the visitors here can also take part in the activities like river bath and feeding. Here you will find highly experienced and trained naturalists or Mahouts who train the elephants. Visitors can get an insight about the life of the elephants, their rules and regulations, style of living and habit of eating. Undoubtedly it would be an interesting location to visit that you should not miss out on a trip to Coorg.


Activities in Dubare Elephant Camp

Activities in Dubare Elephant Camp
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When it is an elephant camp the most interesting activity here is obviously the elephant ride. This camp offers various activities related to elephants. One of the popular activities here is the three hour long elephant interaction. There are other activities too like a bath activity of 45 minutes. In this activity the tourists can give a bath to the elephants. Along with that they can also feed them with food items like sugarcane, ragi, jaggery, coconuts or bananas. This activity also includes a 45 minute elephant ride into the jungle which is equally interesting.

There is a boat ride as well to reach the camp which is a fun activity here. However keep in mind that there might be a queue of people waiting for their turn for the boat ride. So you must reach there early. But during the summer season the water levels get considerably low here. During that time you will have to walk on foot to cross the river, and that indeed can be one of the exciting experiences too. So depending on which season you are visiting you will be able to enjoy certain activities like this here. You can also try rafting here at the river beside the camp and that is yet another popular activity here. Also trekking and coracle rides are available here which you can try if you love adventure.

Apart from elephants the camp also has a variety of birds such as peacocks, kingfishers, partridges, woodpeckers etc. So it is also a good site for bird watching as well. This area is also a good spot that houses a number of wild animals too. You will find animals like tigers, wild dogs, spotted deer, and bears here.

Things to remember before visiting Dubare Elephant Camp

1.       You must wear good quality shoes with a good grip here as you might have to cross the river. However if you wish you can also leave your shoes outside the camp and cross the river barefoot.

2.       For elderly people and kids this might not be a suitable location to visit as the area gets really slippery during summer while crossing the river.

3.       You should carry an extra pair of clothes if you are willing to give a bath to the elephants as you will get wet during the activity.

4.       It would be better if you travel light here. You would not find it comfortable to visit the location with a lot of luggage.

5.       Do not litter the place and keep the surroundings clean.

6.       You should not tease the animals or do anything that might probably disturb them. Try to stay as calm as possible.

7.       If you are travelling here with children take extra care of them while going near the animals.


Wrapping Up!

The whole area of the Dubare Elephant Camp screams natural beauty, and it would be a divine experience to witness nature from up close. This can be the ideal opportunity to get so close to the wildlife. Also for an animal lover interacting and spending time with the elephants here can be truly exciting. Apart from the elephants, the rich flora and fauna here, the natural beauty of the area and the experience of camping is something different. Moreover if you are staying back in the cottages it would be even more exciting to spend the night at such a location. The place doesn’t have electricity and works on generators. You will truly get a vibe of camping in this elephant camp with limited amenities and facilities. But trust me that is the specialty of this location and you must visit here once.

Also let me know if this particular article on the Dubare Elephant Camp Coorg is helpful for you. And don’t forget to tell me when you are planning a trip to this elephant camp in Coorg. 

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