Dubare Elephant Camp

(42 Km / 1 hr from Madikeri)

Day 3 cont. – 27th December 2011


Motor boats take you across river Cauvery to the Dubare elephant camp
Motor boats take you across river Cauvery
Dubare elephant camp is a jungle camp where elephants are trained. It is historically important as elephants for the famous Mysore Dussehra were trained here. It is across the river Cauvery. The main attraction is the elephant bathing, where people are also allowed to interact with the elephants.

There are small motor boats which take you across river. These boats are run by different service providers and they have specific place to embark and disembark. They issue different colored tickets, and there is no way to know which ticket is for which boat unless you are told. While coming back, many people who had waited for a long time with us were not allowed entry onto the boat since they had wrong color tickets. Fortunately, we were standing at the right place.

We arrived in time to watch a few elephants bathing. Shubhang was quite excited when he saw an elephant raise its tail and potty in water.

There was an elephant named Gopi who looked old and moody. The Mahavat (elephant trainer) was harshly telling everyone to keep away from Gopi. Despite their enthusiasm, people were obeying like school children. When it comes to discipline, it is size that matters.

Elephant Gopi taking a dip in water
Elephant Gopi taking a dip in water
After Gopi was done bathing and gone, another elephant came. It looked friendly, and when his Mahavat did not object to people’s initial advances, they all rushed to splash water on the elephant. In return, they got a full burst of water from its trunk.

We drank refreshing coconut water, ubiquitous to this part of world. At one place, people were feeding coconut to elephants.

There was an area where river was quite shallow and people were crossing by foot.

The queue to ride elephants was long. We did not want to stand in line for a long time so we decided to return.

We stopped at the same Kingsway Hotel in Kushalnagar for lunch where we had had coffee while going to Madikeri. I asked the waiter what their best egg dish was (I am a vegetarian but will eat eggs once in a while). He said egg chukka. I did not know what it was, but too hungry to bother, so I ordered it with butter parota. It was a supreme meal.


Dubare Elephant Camp Photographs
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Dubare is a small natural island
Dubare is a small natural island
Motor boats are used to ferry passengers to the island
Motor boats are used to ferry passengers to the island
View of Dubare from the Cauvery river bank
View of Dubare from the Cauvery river bank
Elephant bathing
Elephant bathing
Beautiful view of river Cauvery
Beautiful view of river Cauvery
Elephant playing with water
Elephant playing with water
Mahavat bathing the elephant
Mahavat bathing the elephant
Elephant lying in the water
Elephant lying in the water
It's all in the eyes
It's all in the eyes
Gopi the elephant going back after bath
Gopi the elephant going back after bath
Greenery around the camp
Greenery around the camp
Still water rafting
Still water rafting
Watching the elephants
Watching the elephants
People crossing the shallow river by foot
People crossing the shallow river by foot
The calm river Cauvery
The calm river Cauvery
People giving bath to the elephant
People giving bath to the elephant
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