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Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare Elephant CampThe Karnataka Forest Department has about 150 Elephants in various camps and Dubare has been historically an important camp. The Elephants for the famous Mysore Dussehra were trained at Dubare elephant camp. But presently after logging operations have ceased, the Forest Department does not really know what to do with all its elephants! They (elephants) have been practically retired except for giving some rides to odd tourists. At the same time, the Forest Department spends quite some money to maintain them and their mahouts.

With this as a background, Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR) has struck upon a unique idea to utilize the Elephants at Dubare Camp to provide the tourists with 'an intimate experience with Elephants'. JLR seeks to build upon the un-ending fascination that man has for Elephants! At the Dubare Elephant Camp, a visitor can spend hours simply watching Elephants and of course, learning more about them. A trained Naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants.

Guests would leave our camp feeling enriched and enlightened about Elephants and hopefully they would become sensitive to their plight in the wild and join the lobby to save them from extinction. JLR is acutely aware of its role of spreading awareness about conservation and takes its responsibility seriously about converting its visitors into 'ambassadors of conservation'.

Dubare Elephant camp would be a unique project not only for JLR but in the whole of India. JLR seeks to be a trend-setter in this niche area and create an eco-tourism product which would be an invaluable contribution to the cause of understanding and conserving these amazing creatures, the Elephants.

The Camp has 10 luxurious cottages with attached bath. As this is a comparatively new camp there is no electricity here. However, electricity is provided through electric generator in the mornings and evenings. Located on the other side of the river the Dubare camp offers complete peace and tranquility.

Apart from the luxurious cottages we also have a licensed bar to help our guests relax and share their experiences with each other at the end of the day.

Food at Dubare is homely and delicious. A buffet includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. We will be only too pleased to serve the indigenous food on special demand.

We offer our day visitors a 3 hour experience with Elephants consisting of the following activities:
Elephant Feeding Elephant Grooming: Visitors can watch Elephants been given a scrub-bath in the River and also watch how oil is applied on their forehead, tusks and other aspects of Elephant grooming.
Elephant feeding: Visitors can watch the food being prepared for the Elephants and how they are fed. They can even participate by feeding the Elephants themselves - for this, we can give them some sugarcane, coconuts or bananas.
Commands: The Mahouts will then demonstrate the various commands the Elephants can obey. This can be vividly portrayed by making Elephants perform some mock logging operations.
Naturalist: While visitors are going through all these activities, a Naturalist will explain to them about all aspects of Elephant ecology, history, conservation etc. The visitor's interaction with Elephants will be as participatory as possible. Further, a leaflet giving interesting information on the same will be given to visitors.
Elephant Ride: Finally, visitors will be taken on a 45 min - 1 hour Elephant ride into the Dubare Reserve Forest. Before, they get on to the Elephant they can watch how the Howdahs is actually tied etc.
Coracle Ride: Visitors have an option of going on a coracle boat ride (native boats, circular in shape made of bamboo and hide) on the River Cauvery. This facility is provided only between the months of November and May.
Refreshments: At an appropriate time during the above activities, visitors are brought to the Forest Rest House to have some tea/coffee and refreshments.
Monsoon River Rafting:
During the months of July, Aug and September, JLR river rafts on the River Cauvery along the stretch adjacent to the Elephant Camp. Run by John Pollard and his team, rafting on the Cauvery - a gorgeous yet wild river during the rains, is an exhilarating experience.

The moist deciduous forests of Dubare are home to many wild animals and a plethora of birds. Sighting of wild Asiatic Elephants are regular and so is spotting the sambar and the spotted deer. With a little luck one can spot the elusive leopard and the gregarious wild dogs. The Indian Bison or Gaur and bears are also seen in these forests. Visitors also get to notice many crocodiles in the waters of River Cauvery at Dubare.

The forests are also home to many reptiles non-venomous snakes. Birdlife in Dubare is wonderful with peacocks, partridges, kingfishers and woodpeckers topping the Camp is open throughout the year and so is Coorg. Monsoons are fairly heavy but one can be assured of a unique interesting experience during the rains (July to mid-September) in Coorg.

The post-monsoon months (mid- Sept to beginning March) are the best time to visit as the entire district would be enveloped by a cloud of green and the climate would be very pleasant. The rest of the year too is pleasant as Coorg is situated at an altitude.

Dubare Elephant Camp is located in the popular district of Coorg (Kodagu) and is easily accessible from Bangalore. The route from Bangalore is via Mysore, Kushalnagar, Gudde Hosur (4km from Kushalnagar on BM Road), then a left turn towards Siddapura. About the 15 kilometer on the Siddapur Main Road visitors would find a JLR Dubare Camp board. A left turn at the board and about kilometer drive would reach you bank of River Cauvery. Cross the river by a boat and you would be at the Dubare Elephant Camp.

Elephant Tour ProgramTour Program:
Day One:
12.00 noon Walk in to Dubare and hear the gurgling sound of Cauvery River as you check-in.
1.30-2.30 p.m. A tasty lunch awaits you - just what you are looking for after a long drive.
4.00 p.m. Tune in to the long awaited adventure with a refreshing cup of tea/ coffee.
4.30-6.30 p.m. An evening walk into the wild with a trained naturalist can be a refreshing experience.
7.00-8.00 p.m A wildlife film show at the Gol Ghar is another opportunity to learn about wildlife.
8.00-9.30 p.m Dine around the cozy campfire or at the Gol Ghar

Day Two:
6.00 a.m. Wake up to the songs of birds and greet the morning with a cup of tea/coffee.
6.30-8.00 a.m Cruise through the Cauvery River on a coracle (circular and indigenously made) viewing and enjoying the nature around you.
8.00-8.30 a.m Treat yourself with a hearty breakfast at the Gol Ghar
8.30 -10.00 a.m At the Dubare Elephant Camp, a visitor not only spends time by simply watching Elephants but of course, learning more about them. A trained naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of the Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can also participate in various activities like washing, scrubbing and also feeding Elephants. A ride on the elephant would be the cream of all the experience in Elephant camp.
11.00 a.m If you must leave, we look forward to your next visit to discover the yet unexplored secrets of these forests.