Elephant Orientation Programme at Dubare
Coorg as a region is best-visited ex-Mysore (100-120 kms) or ex-Mangalore (150-180 kms) or ex-Bangalore (230-270 kms). The area is known for coffee plantations and salubrious weather (2000-4000 ft asl) all round the year. Dubare Elephant Reserve here offer guests a unique element orientation and interaction opportunity.
3-hour experience with Elephants here consists of the following:
Elephant Grooming - Visitors can watch Elephants been given a scrub-bath in the River and also watch how oil is applied on their forehead, tusks and other aspects of Elephant grooming.
Elephant feeding - Visitors can watch the food being prepared for the Elephants and how they are fed.
Commands - The Mahouts will then demonstrate the various commands the Elephants can obey. This can be vividly portrayed by making Elephants perform some mock logging operations.
Elephant Ride (Subject to avaialbility) - Finally, visitors will be taken on a 10 to 15 min Elephant ride into the Dubare Reserve Forest. Before, they get on to the Elephant they can watch how the Howdahs is actually tied etc
Coracle Ride - Visitors have an option of going on a coracle boat ride (native boats, circular in shape made of bamboo and hide) on the River Cauvery.
While visitors are going through all these activities, a Naturalist will explain to them about all aspects of Elephant ecology, history, conservation etc. The visitor’s interaction with Elephants will be as participatory as possible.
Typical Stay – Day visit or 1 night stay. Seasonality: Throughout.