Dubbare Elephant Camp

Dubbare (Dubare) elephant training camp in the Coorg or Kodagu district of Karnataka was the place earlier where the elephants were trained for Mysore Dasara festival. Today, the place is open for visitors and they can learn a lot about elephants. The elephant camp is open from 8AM to 12 noon only. During this time, visitors can interact with elephants and learn about them. A trained person would explain everything about elephants. These instructors are the ones who used to train these elephants earlier. Visitors are allowed to participate in various “elephant-maintenance” jobs during the day. The camp is located right next to River Cauvery.

Dubbare Elephant Camp, Coorg / Kodagu, Karnataka

Dubbare Elephant Camp

Visitors to Dubbare also have an option to go for river rafting. The rafting route starts from the elephant camp and you can raft all the way up to Cauvery Nisargadhama. Dubare is around 60 km from the district headquarters, Madikeri. The route from Madikeri to Kushalnagar (40 km) to Gudde Hosur (4 km), then take a left towards Siddapura. About 15 km on the Siddapura road, there is a board of Dubare Elephant Camp. Take a left there and 0.5 km from there is bank of River Cauvery. The elephant camp is on the other side of the river.

Dubbare Elephant Camp, Coorg / Kodagu, Karnataka

River Rafting at Dubbare

How to plan a visit?

Dubbare is about 225 km from Bangalore which is well connected to rest of India by all modes of transportation. From Bangalore, depending on your comfort and budget, you can either take public transportation to reach Kushalnagar, or hire a taxi. From Kushalnagar, Dubbare is about 8 km.

Plan to reach Dubbare by 8 AM. You can then interact with the elephants, learn a lot about them, involve in some activities before it closes by 12 noon. At 12, you can then opt for River Rafting. While the quality of rafting here depends on the level of water, and the rains, Dubare is a good place for beginner to experience rafting.

The rafting point ends at Cauvery Nisargadhama, which is a popular picnic spot, and you can leisurely spend the rest of the day.

You can also plan to visit Golden Temple at Bylakuppe along with this trip.


Where to stay?

  • Kushalnagar
  • Madikeri

Distance Chart

From Distance (in km)
Mysore 105
Mangalore/Calicut 175
Bangalore 240
Coimbatore 300