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Dubare Elephant Camp


Location: Dubare Elephant Camp is located in the popular district of Coorg (Kodagu) and is easily accessible from Bagalore. 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.

About: The Karnataka Forest Department has about 150 Elephants in various camps and Dubare has been historically an important camp. The Elephants for the famous Mysore Dassehra 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.

Accommodation: This 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 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.

  • 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 10 to 15 min 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.

  • 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.

How to get there:


By Road: It is located 10 km from the town of Madikeri and 270 km from Bangalore.


By Train: Mysore Railway Station : 120km.


By Flight: Bangalore Airport : 250 KM.




  16th Sept 10 to 15th Dec 2010/ 3rd Jan2010 to 15th June 2011. 16th Dec 10 to 2nd Jan 2011
Cottage 2400 2900


Package Inludes: Stay, Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast, Elephant interaction, Jeep Safari into the Dubare Forest, Coracle Ride, Bird Watching / Trekking & Taxes.


  16th Sept 10 to 15th Dec 2010/ 3rd Jan2010 to 15th June 2011. 16th Dec 10 to 2nd Jan 2011



Elephant Activities




Package Includes : Interactive experience with camp elephants including an elephant ride and tea.


  16th Sept 10 to 15th Dec 2010/ 3rd Jan2010 to 15th June 2011. 16th Dec 10 to 2nd Jan 2011




Day Visit




Package Inludes: Lunch, Tea/Coffee, Coracle Ride, Guided Trekking, Elephant Ride (Subjected to Availability), Camera Fees & Taxes.



  • Tariffs are per person per night on twin-sharing basis.

  • Transfers to & from our resorts are not included in the tariff.

  • Single occupancy charges is at an additional of Rs.1000 & EURO 22.5 per night for Indian & Foreigner respectively

  • Tariff for Children (accompanying parents) between 5 and 12 years is 50%.

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