Dubare is a region popular for its elephant camp located on the banks of the river Kaveri. It is situated near Madikeri in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. Dubare is considered to be the base for Karnataka’s Forest Department, where an elephant training camp is located.
Dubare is situated between the towns of Siddapur and Kushalnagar, where several elephant training camps are located. The area of Dubare is inhabited by the local tribal people, known as Kurbas.
During the tenure of the Maharaja of Mysore, the region of the Dubare Reserve Forest was used for the training of royal elephants. These trained elephants were used for festive occasions such as Mysore Dussehra and other royal occasions in the kingdom.
With time the training of elephants were stopped here and currently they are used to give rides to tourists around the forest area. Other main attractions of the forest include Veera bhoomi and Nisargadhama. The nearby tourist attractions in the region are Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Wayanad.
Dubare offers activities such as elephant-rides, trekking, fishing and river rafting that are hosted by numerous lodges and resorts located here. These adventure activities are conducted within well-defined jungle routes.
The forest area of Dubare is home to many wild animals and birds. Some of the rare species found here include Asiatic elephants, wild sambhar, deer, tiger, leopard, wild dogs, gaur and bears. The forest area is also home to some reptiles and non-venomous snakes. Birds in the area include peacock, kingfisher, partridge, woodpecker and other endangered species of local as well as migratory birds.
Dubare is easily reachable from Bangalore from the route of Mysore, Kushalanagara and Gudde Hosur, which is located around 4 kilometres from Kushalanagara on BM road. The domestic airport is located around 75 kilometres from Dubare in Mysore. Bangalore airport is the only international airport located nearby.
Dubare experiences a warm climate throughout the year, and the summer season here is between the month of March and June with a maximum temperature of 35o Celsius. The region receives heavy rainfall during the monsoons that is in the months of July to September. Winters arrive in the region from the month of December to February with a low temperature of 15o Celsius.
The best season to visit Dubare is from the month of September to May, because of the pleasant climate for Elephant camp