dubare elephant camp


From $450 AUD per person/twin share. Price varies due to season.

Birdsong, the hum of cicadas, the murmur of a river, an occasional cry of a peacock and a great big adventure awaits. In less than three hours you can be worlds away on the banks of the Cauvery River.

What is it about elephants that brings out the child in everyone of us? Is it their gentle countenance that goes against the grain of their massive build? The Dubare Elephant Camp is a must-experience for the elephant lover in you. Karnataka’s history with elephants, goes a long way back and currently the state’s Forest Department has about 150 elephants in various camps. But in the recent past, after logging operations were ceased, there was a situation of freshly unemployed elephants. The Dubare Camp, the camp where elephants were trained for the famous Mysore Dasara, found a brand new calling. Today, it’s a place where hundreds of tourists get one-on-one with their biggest (quite literally) dream.

We’ll set off from Mysore in the morning and reach Dubare Elephant Camp in time to check in before lunch is served. Set on the banks of the Cauvery River, the location offers complete tranquility and peace.

This will be two days of being in nature, learning about the various aspects of elephant history, ecology and biology. We can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities such as helping bathe the elephants. Generally guests spend over three hours with the elephants so get ready to roll up your sleeves and pitch in to help with an elephant grooming session! Once the bath is done, learn how their food is prepared and how they are fed. The Mahouts will demonstrate how elephants obey commands and how they functioned during their earlier role in logging operations.

Jungle Lodges & Resorts started the camp to provide travellers with an intimate experience with the elephants. They seek to build upon the fascination that we have for elephants and a Naturalist will be on hand to answer questions and educate us about elephants.

Your two day adventure will include a jeep safari through the forest, a short film about the local wildlife, a boat ride on the river in a traditional circular boat (coracle) and of course have plenty of time to observe and interact with the elephants.

The camp has 10 cottages with their own bathroom. The camp does not have electricity, but they have a generator that runs morning and evening to ensure everyone can have a warm bath. All meals are provided and in the evening we will enjoy a meal around the campfire.

The surrounding forest is home to many animals including gaur, leopard and sloth bear. It is not uncommon to spot herds of sambhar or spotted deer coming down to the river for drink. Bird life is also abundant and the sound of their chirping fills the air. Peacocks are often seen showing off their plumage at sunset as flocks of birds fly across the sky all adding their touch of beauty to the place.

Dubare’s goal is to have their guests leave the camp feeling enriched and enlightened about elephants and more aware of their plight in the wild. They seek to offer an eco-tourism product which contributes to our greater understanding and the conservation of these amazing creatures.

The camp is located in the Coorg district and enjoys idyllic weather conditions. It is open throughout the year. Monsoons (July to mid-September) are heavy, but the swollen river makes it all the more interesting and the surrounding foliage is alive and vibrant. The post-monsoon months (mid-Sept to beginning March) are the ideal time to visit as the weather is perfect.

Day One: 12:30 Noon

Check in at the Dubare Elephant Camp and drink in the scenery around you.

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
First things first. Lunch and refreshments at the Gol Ghar to bring you back to yourself after that long drive.

04:00 PM
Prepare for the adventure ahead with a refreshing cup of tea/ coffee.?

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM
Wildlife spotting time with a jeep Safari into Dubare Forest with a trained naturalist

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
A wildlife film show at the Gol Ghar is another opportunity to learn about wildlife

08:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Dinner and campfire at the Gol Ghar

Day Two – 06:00 AM
Wake up to birdsong and greet the morning with a cup of tea/coffee.

06:30 AM – 08:00 AM
Take a nature walk inside the Dubare forest with a trained naturalist

08:00 AM – 08:30 AM
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Gol Ghar

08:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Spending time with the elephants. At the Dubare Elephant Camp, a visitor not only spends time by simply watching elephants but of course, learning more about them. A trained naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of the elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can also participate in various activities like washing and scrubbing.

11:00 AM
Time to check out and start our journey back to Mysore.