The Asiatic elephant found in the jungles of India is one of the largest living land animals in Asia. A huge, meandering beast-elephants assume a special place in Indian, and in its own way, the Kodagu mythology. Lord Ganesha, embraced by not only Hindus but many westerners around the world is famous for his wisdom, which in turn is related to his elephantine head which symbolizes great intellect and wisdom. Indra-the god of gods used to have a white elephant named Airavata as his vehicle. Even when you delve into some of the more popular folk tales of India, such as the Panchatantra or Jataka stories, you will find mentions of the prowess and the intelligence of the Indian elephant.
Knocking on Heavens Door
Dubare Elephant Camp is a popular destination and a must-do experience for travellers visiting Coorg. There is something about the graceful presence of these monolith Pachyderms that brings out the child in all of us. It is probably one of the very few places in India where you can come face to face with the Asiatic elephant and revel in its natural surroundings. The beauty and serenity of the camp is second to none, and some of the elephants here were actually trained for the Mysuru Dasara Festival.
Today, the camp is home to close to 50 odd elephants, and is a great destination for children and adults alike as they stand close to these mythological beasts and learn more about their natural behaviour.
As soon as you get near the camp, you know you are in for an adventurous experience as you cross a small, shallow river either on foot or on a small boat based upon the season. If you are an animal lover and love witnessing wild animals in their natural habitat that Dubare camp should definitely be on your to-do list. People come here from all parts of the world to feed and play with elephants, bathe them, click photos and leave with lasting memories. The Kodagu district presents a unique topography consisting of rolling forests and small settlements which have acclimatized the elephants behaviourally to the presence of humans, as a result of which the elephants here are some of the most jovial and playful you will ever meet.
Things To Do
The entire camp has a host of different activities to satiate your hunger for a fun, adventurous time. Trained naturalists will take you through the complexities involved in rearing elephants and their history, while you observe and learn more about these gentle beasts. More often than not guests spend close to 2-3 hours here, whether it is grooming the elephants and giving them a bath, learning how their food is prepared, or even learning how a Howdah is tied to their backs without hurting them.
The surrounding forests are also home to other wildlife such as the sloth bear, wild dogs, leopards, peacocks, etc. allowing you to go on a wildlife safari or a trek while watching out for lessportsnown birds which frequent the area. Adventure sport activities are also available in the vicinity.
Getting Here and Timings
The entry timings for the camp are from 9.00AM – 11.00AM and 4.30PM – 5.30PM. Do try to get here early if you want to catch the elephants having their bath though. From Ibnii, the camp is only a 45 minute drive and there are many rest spots available around for those who want to enjoy a leisurely day out within nature.