Elephants have been great companions of humans though out our civilizational journey. In India, elephants are associated with royalty; remember the archaic paintings of the kings where they are always shown riding an elephant instead of the horse as they do in most parts of the world. Well, that’s not the only thing they do, with changing times elephants have assumed many other roles, now they perform in the circus, carry tourists on safaris and are also worshiped in the temples. No matter what they do, they never cease to amaze.
Dubare elephant camp is a forest camp situated on the banks of the Kaveri river in the Coorg region of Karnataka. It’s a place where elephants are kept in captivity and trained by the mahouts. In recent years, considerable effort has been made to develop and promote the place as an excursion for tourists visiting Coorg. It is located 3 km off the Mysore-Madikeri highway near Kushalnagar and has been developed as a day destination especially for those looking for some easy adventure mostly with family and friends.
The camp is situated on the opposite bank of the river. There are boats to ferry the visitors but those are seldom used and visitors mostly cross the river on foot trudging through the shallow waters; of course, this depends on the season and the water level. Crossing the river on foot is an adventure in itself and something which can hardly be done anywhere else. The water is clean, however, you must be extremely cautious while walking over the slippery rocks and avoid carrying anything that weighs you down.
The Kaveri river
Crossing the Kaveri
On reaching the other side, you have to pay an entry fee of Rs.30 per person and there are other activity-based charges. During my visit, the elephant ride was suspended but tickets were available for bathing and feeding the elephants. The camp area is huge and there are about 25 elephants who are kept in clean enclosures and good stables. There are a large number of mahouts to take care of the elephants. However, the sad part about the lives of the elephants residing in the camp is that they are permanently chained to ensure that they can only walk slowly. The mahouts also control them using sharp, pointed objects which is never pleasing to see. There is an option for doing river rafting; where people cross the river on foot, you can hardly call it rafting! You can bathe the elephants and feed them provided you reach at the right time which is about 9 AM.
Dubare elephant camp
One and half hours should be enough to explore this place, 45 mins to cross the river both ways and another 45 mins in the camp area. The fun part is crossing the river and not the camp which is at best average. It may be exciting for kids or for those who have lived entirely in the cities, otherwise, there isn’t much there. Hope you liked this post. Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments section below. Feel free to write in here for any information. Travel, love, and learn…