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“walking through the running water is fun!”

Dubare Elephant Camp
Chennai (Madras), India
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“walking through the running water is fun!”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Let me blunt.... the elephant camp is a total waste! We paid Rs.100/head for an elephant ride, and believe me, it was just one small round around a small house like structure. Not even 5 mins. Not worth at all!!! And an extra entry of Rs.20 for entry! Just a total waste.

But, there is something more to this place. The access to the camp is by taking a boat (rs.30/head - to n fro). It is just a 5 mins ride across the river. Now, the interesting part is, when we want to get back to the parking lot, we opted to walk across the running water! we were 8 of us together. And it was total fun! took about 30 mins to cross! quite slippery at certain points and yes, quite a risk too!!!

So, you may choose to walk either to or fro or even both if you have the time! :)

Visited November 2012
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“Kids Loved it”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

If you are looking for an experience with the elephants, bathing them, cuddling them, holding them, feeding them and riding them, this is the place.

They bring out the elephants and walk them to the lake, where they lie down. You are invited to give them a bath, while they are scrubbing them properly, after which they are taken to be cleaned up and dried down.

Once ready, you can feed them and next ride them, as well.

Bad: The kids were a little bit sad to see the elephants were chained, as well as they had the pointed hooks that the mahouts had and were using constantly on the elephants. However, it was not being used too much (atleast in front of us).

Visited November 2012
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
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“Must see.....but reach by 8 a.m.”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Very good place. You have to cross a small river stream to reach the place. The boat ride is also amazing with calm waters. You get to see the elephants bathing, you can feed them, watch them walk around. You can enjoy elephant ride. A must visit in coorg

Visited November 2012
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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“Badly organised and everything is about money”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

My first impression of the place was things had not changed since i had last visited this place 7 years ago. Starting from the boat ride across the river to the bathing of the elephant or the elephant rides, everything was overpriced and totally disorganised.

Being a Government org i had not expected much, but the overbearing crowd and the total haphazard manner in which the lines or boat rides were maintained was pathetic. I would suggest one go to Nisargadhama which is much better with elephant rides and just 15-20 Rs per ride as compared to 100rs in Dubare. A small round which is the same one that one gets for the 20 Rs in Nisargadhama.
To think that i travelled all the way from Bangalore to do this, its pretty disappointing. Even bathing charge is Rs 100 which is ridiculous. The kids enjoy it a lot thoug, i personally would not enter that water where the elephant takes a leek and dump in the same water....was not a pretty sight for anyone around.
The worse part is when one has to get back - access point to the boat is a tree root which can get your foot caught between its vines and you could actually break a leg. You have to take the same boat that you came in and there is no line system - so people are all falling over each other and almost ready to risk their kids and elders falling off into the water. It was a pathetic scene. I for one - am never going back there again.

Visited November 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Take a bath with an elephant”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

On October 28/29th we drove from Bangalore to Dubare Elephant Camp (near coorg) and stayed overnight at the Jungle Lodge. Drive was a good 6 hours and the last part over a very narrow and bumpy road. After a short boat ride across the Kabini river we arrived at the Jungle lodge where we were welcomed by the staff and shown to our cottages. The cottages are very basic but clean. The cottages could do with an upgrade. Safari drive is a great way of seeing the forrest and we were fortunate to see a wild sloth bear. The staff already indicates that it is very rare to see wild animals so don't get your hopes up. Dinner is good but basic. Next day the walk along the river and through a bit of the forrest is nice. The main attraction are the elephants. Great experience to see them come out of the forrest and to the river for their bath. We had a great time giving them a bath and get so close with these gentile giants. The camp does sell day tickets as well so do not be alarmed about the large crowd along the shore. It would be much nicer and maybe better if the camp would sell just a certain amount of tickets - the elephants are facing a lot of people and I am sure it freaks them out a bit at times. The elephant ride is a bit of a rip off. Short walk of 5 to 7 minutes. Not worth the money.

Visited October 2012
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