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Dubare Elephant Camp
Bengaluru, India
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“Awesome camp”
Reviewed 3 June 2011

This was in the middle of a forest and the ambiance was terrific!

Amazing birds and trees..it is a perfect place to unwind and chill out. There are no disturbances and it is the perfect place to go with your family and relax.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

We loved it. We arrived late because it is VERY hard to get to on public transport- we came from Mangalore and the direct road was closed due to construction, not an easy or pleasant journey. We got there just in time to join the jeep safari through the neighboring wildlife preserve- and we saw a lot more wildlife than I expected! Sanbar, lots of peacocks and deer, a giant squirrel, elephants in the wild, so many animals, it was really wonderful.

In the evening there was a nice dinner and a campfire- it was nice chatting with other guests. And then.. silence. The place is completely isolated and so quiet- great after the noise of the cities! Accommodation is in private bungalows- very nice, in a rustic style but very well made. We slept like babies but were up early for a coracle ride and then, after breakfast- the main event- the elephants!

Yes, the elephants are captive, and they do have a chain around their leg, but they seem well cared for. The elephant interaction starts with elephants being taken into the river for washing- a great chance to splash some elephants and you really have a lot of time to hang out with different elephants. Then you can walk up the hill to where they are fed- staff makes their food- some brown gooey balls- and then feeds them. You can also go on an elephant ride but we skipped that to go back to the river for more washing.

I would say there's about 2 hours of time with the elephants, which was enough for us. Lots of people showed up just for the elephant interaction- while you can do that, i recommend staying at the camp- we had more time alone before it got crowded, and it's so hard to get there it's worth staying even though it's expensive. And the jeep safari was great!

My perfect mood was ruined at the end of our stay by the staff, who were unable to do anything to help us with onward travel- they said they couldn't find any available transport to get us to Nagarhole (en route to Mysore) and we ended up standing for over an hour on the main road trying to flag down a bus. They told us we should have arranged it the day before- but we did! The guy we talked to didn't actually arrange anything :( Well, we did eventually make it to Mysore.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Some people might be put off that the elephants here are captive but they roam around the forest when off duty and guests can bathe them, feed them and ride them. They do have some wounds from the ankush (goad) but are otherwise relaxed and very heatthy. The spotless rooms, many of which are on the river, are delightful safari camp style. Electricity is provided by a generator and the phone signal is weak, as in much of Coorg, but works in the rooms. Activities are well planned with forest walks, coracle rides and elephant interaction and a video about elephants is screened before dinner. The food is excellent South Indian. The only disappointment is Nescafe instead of filter coffee, especially given this is surrounded by coffee plantations. Raucous film-style bhajans from the neighbouring temple, beginning at 530 am were a bit a surprise. All staff from the guides to the ferryman to the waiters are delightful, helpful and thoughtful.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 21 November 2010

Dubare Elephant Camp is a resort offered by Jungle Lodges and Resorts. The resort is situated near Kushalnagar and Madikeri. The resort is set in the middle of a jungle and you will have to cross a river to get into the resort. Thats where the adventure and fun begins. The guests are treated to a jungle safari in the evening. Guests can also opt for nature walks and coracle rides in the morning. We took both and was fun! There is also an elephant interaction, which includes elephant bathing and elephant rides.
The camp itself has the river to one side and the forest to the other. Rest and relaxation with peace and quiet is on the menu here!
All in a all, the place is a great retreat from the busy city life.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 November 2010

Dubare Elephant Camp is a wonderful place to stay. After taking a boat across the river, you find yourself in a cluster of charming, rustic cabins in a clearing of the jungle. The service and food here is wonderful - the staff always willing to help.

We arrived in time for lunch and then took a nap before our jeep safari. Unfortunately, we didn't see any animals along the way but the ride was still entertaining and a great way to see the jungle. After tea we decided to have a nap instead of viewing the nature film but woke up in time for dinner (which was very tasty traditional South Indian cuisine).

The next morning we were awakened to tea and biscuits before our nature walk. The naturalist was very well-informed and very helpful pointing out very flora along the way. After a wonderful breakfast, we walked over the bridge to the elephant camp. Unfortunately, some of the elephants were sick so rides were not available, however we were still allowed to bathe them in the river and pet them (much to our delight).

We also took a traditional boat ride along the river to watch the elephants playing in the water. A lovely way to cool down and relax.

My companion mentioned she wished Dubare had yoga since it is such a relaxing place and that the schedule was a bit more flexible in terms of the timing. I think if the resort grew larger they could offer these things, however it might come at the cost of the peace and tranquility one experiences now.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Dubare Elephant Camp

Property: Dubare Elephant Camp
Address: Near Madikeri, Kushalnagar 571254, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Coorg > Kushalnagar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access
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Ranked #2 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Kushalnagar
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Dubare Elephant Camp Hotel Kushalnagar
Dubare Elephant Camp Coorg/Kushalnagar

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