The Kabani dam is built on the River Kabini in the district of Mysore. The dam is 696 meters in length and was built in 1974. The exact location of the dam is near village Beechanahally, (Taluk) Heggadadevanakote. The catchment area of the dam is 2141.90 sq kms. It caters to the needs of around 22 villages and 14 hamlets.
This dam also provides water to the combined system of Sagaredoddakere and Upper Nugu Dams. There is an arrangement of lifting and transfer of 28.00 TMC of water during the monsoons months from the Kabini dam to the other two smaller dams.
The dam is spread over an area of 55 hectares covering forests, rivers, lakes and valleys.
|Built on||River Kabini|
|Type||Earthen Dam with Left Bank spillway|
|Height||166 ft. above River Bed Level|
|Length of spillway||250 ft.|
|Number of gates||4|
|Filling period||From June to November|
|Depletion period||From November to May|
|Projects||Mini-hydel power project|
Kabini Dam An Exotic Tourist Destination
The Kabini dam becomes an exotic location for nature lovers, the beauty such that nature looks glamorous and enthralling. With over 250 species of birds alone, vibrancy is defined in unusual forms. You get a chance to see and explore, in a surrounding intricately knitted with forests, hills, all drawing picturesque scenery.
The region was regularly visited by the British during the colonial era, frequented mostly because of its rich bio diversity and wildlife. It has been a private hunting resort of the Maharaja of Mysore and the wealthy English noble aristocrats for whom killings was a form of entertainment. It was a mode of relaxation, a chance to get closer to nature, view the beauty and see life budding everywhere.
Common Langur, Wild pig, Asian Elephant, Four horned antelope, Munjtak, Bonnet Macaque, leopard, tiger and wild dog are frequently sighted here. The wildlife here is distinct with different variety of species inhabiting the region.
The river which flows from Wayanad from the confluence of Panamram River and Mananthavady River is called by various names, Kabani, Kabini or Kapila. The river flows eastwards towards Kaveri ‘s river and as it flows towards the Bay of Bengal, it forms the Kabini reservoir in the town of Sagrur.
Tourist attractions near Kabini Dam
The main activities that one should engage in are the Elephant Safari, Jungle safari and boating on the river. Other than these one can choose to explore various tourist attractions, some of them are listed below:
- N Begur Village
- Nagarhole National Park
- Suttan halla crossing road
- Taraka Reservoir
- Bandipur National Park
- Kuppe Betta
Resorts and Hotels nearby Kabani Dam
This beautiful paradise has many resorts and hotels where you can enjoy the beauty, cuisine and hospitality of the region. You can learn and know about the culture of the inhabitants and the unique flora and fauna that are found here. Remember there are resorts and hotels to suit every pocket, and no matter who you are, you can always find a place for yourself.
Contact numbers of some the resorts are listed below:
HD Kote Taluk
Mysore District- 571114
Phone: +91 98458 91013
Orange County Resorts
2nd Floor, St. Patrick’s Business Complex
21, Museum Road, Bangalore – 560025
Reservations: +91(0)80 4191 1170/71
Head Office: +91 (0)80 4191 1000
Members: +91 (0)80 4191 1021
Kaav Safari Lodge
Malalli Cross, N Belathur PO Kabini,
HD Kote Taluke Mysore – 571114
Phone: +91 99006 13595