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11. Posted by alemaari (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi Miriam, - the link is working fine. You just have to click on the FREE button at the bottom of the page, wait for the timer to complete and then download the file.

Dubare Elephant Camp - This is a camp for elephants in dense forests, where you can get real close to a lot of elephants which are reared by the forest department. It is around 120km from Mysore on the Mysore-Coorg/Madikeri road. If you are planning to visit this, I would suggest you take the picturesque Konkan railway from Goa/Panjim to Mangalore. From Mangalore, Dubare Elephant camp is very close, less than a 100km. From here, you can reach Mysore, and proceed towards Vythiri resort in Kerala. With this route, you will enjoy the Konkan railway, and will bypass the busy Bangalore as well. But the downside is that, from Mangalore onwards you have to do the entire travel by road, until you finally reach Trivandrum in Kerala.

Hope this helps.
- Ajay

12. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Dear Alemari

We decided to go to Kabini resort and the green magic tree houses as you recommended.
we will fly from Goa to bangalore from there we could be picked up by the resort taxi and then we will go to the tree houses
From there we were thinking on getting someone to drive us to Calicut.

from calicut we would like to go to Kumarakon what route would you recommend to take?Can we take the trains from there?or fly?

I see that the kabini river lodge offer elephant rides I will call them so we dont have to go to a second resort.

please advise

13. Posted by alemaari (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Posting it here, hoping it would help a larger audience!

Hi Miriam,

Before answering just that question, I will take some time to explain a possible itinerary. I would suggest the following route and means of transport, assuming you would want to visit Dubare elephant camp and Kabini jungle lodge before going to Vythiri.

1. Goa - Mangalore -> Take the Konkan railway; you would be traveling next to the Arabian sea coast on a picturesque route.

2. Mangalore - Dubare -> Take a bus from Mangalore to Kushalnagar (Coorg), and get down at Dubare elephant camp. Dubare is probably about 100km from Mangalore.

3. Dubare - Bylakuppe -> This is one more place to visit here - Bylakuppe, a tibetian township after Kushalnagar, where you have the world famous Namdorling monastery a.k.a Golden Temple.

4. Bylakuppe - Kabini Jungle Lodges (via Mysore) -> From Bylakuppe/Kushalnagar, you can catch a bus to Mysore (100km). In Mysore, you can spend a couple of days visiting places like the Mysore Palace (must visit), Chamundi Hills which is home of a very famous temple, Srirangapatnam (erstwhile capital of Tipu Sultan - if you've heard of him), KRS dam (built by Dewan Sir M. Vishveswaraiah in the early 20th century without using cement!), etc. You can go thro' these places by booking a package tour with the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corp. (KSTDC - chk out their website). From Mysore, you can catch a bus which goes towards Manandavadi, and get down at Kabini River Lodge (Kharapur) which is about 100km.

5. Kabini Jungle Lodge - Vythiri -> You can take a bus for this too, its a distance of about 30-40km. If you want to really enjoy the local means of transport for an experience, you can also take the jam-packed local mini-buses, generally called maxi-cabs, which offer point-to-point service. If you want to avoid all these hassles, you can contact the folks at kabini river lodge and/or vythiri resort, they will help you with accomodation, of course at some extra cost.

6. Vythiri - Kumarakom -> Coming to your question, the general mode of transport within Kerala is bus! and the service is very good. You have lot of luxury Volvo buses run by the State Govt. as well as private companies. Unless its a holiday weekend, you can get tickets over the counter. Again, the local folks at the resort will guide you for this. At Kumarakom, you can laze in the backwaters in a house boat, and also have a go at some ayurvedic massages and spas.

From Kumarakom onwards, you can travel to Trivandrum (a.k.a. Thiruvananthapuram) down south, which is the capital of Kerala,
and is well connected by rail/air/road to the rest of India.

Hope this info helps. Happy journey!


---- on 16.01.2007 m.spall wrote----

Dear Ajay:

Thank you for the advise you said to go from Vythiri to Kumarakom how is the best way to get to Kumarakom?
You suggested flying but I dont see an airport in Vythiri please advise

thanks so much



14. Posted by alemaari (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

from calicut we would like to go to Kumarakon what route would you recommend to take?Can we take the trains from there?or fly?

I guess I've answered that question in my prev post. You have alot of luxury buses plying frequently in Kerala. Thats the best way to travel.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them.


15. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

thank you very much!
I think we are almost ready now, :)Leaving next friday and very excited!
I will post pictures when I came back:)


16. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

hi can everyone tell me which wildlife resort is better?
Nagarhole national Park also known as Nagarhole Rajiv Gandhi National Park (staying at Kabini River Lodge)

or the Peryar santuaryin kerela?

I had decided to go to the kabini River but now my friend is insisting the Peryar santuary is more in our way to kerela
Please advise


17. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 10y

Nagarhole, Wayanad and Mudumalai make one huge
wild life resort;they differ by names according to
the states where in they are located.
You can see elephants and bisons for sure. If you
are lucky, you may see tigers or leopards or both.

Periyar Sanctuary located in an ever green forest
is feast for the eye. A ride in the huge Periyar lake
is a must.Below green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.There are times
when tourists have complained that they havent seen anything except elephants and monkeys.

Which is a better sanctuary?

If you are looking for a wholesome experience with nature,
Pl chose Periyar. If Wildlife is your focus of interest,
Nagarhole is a better choice.

18. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 10y

Sorry..i missed out a few points.

There are no active airports in Kerala except Thiruvanathapuram, Calicut and Cochin.
Pl dont waste travelling to Thiruvanathapuram (some distance from Calicit and Cochin)unless you want to see the Land's End, Kanniyakumari and the Spa Courtallam, both located in neighbouring TamilNadu.

Try to reach Cochin or Calicut by air and you can travel on road to places of your choice.

19. Posted by m.spall (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Thank you Shrinagesh

After a heated discussion wiht my friend we are gong to Periyar as it is more in our way down.



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