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“Elephant Fun”

Dubare Elephant Camp
Pune, Maharashtra, India
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64 reviews
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“Elephant Fun”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Based on the branch of River Cauvery is this nice litte spot where mini mamoths reside. Its a very small camp as compared to the ones we hear or read in India. Still a very descent attraction to be a part of the Elephant Sanctuary. They have close to 20 elephants in the camp, including the young ones and the grown ups. The place is not very Jungle like or Camp like but has been infestd with the commercialisation bug. Every single things you wish to do has a charge ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 100 per person. You have to either raft or take a commuter boat to cross the river and go to the other side where the camp is situated. There are activities like bathing the elephants, feeding, Elephant Ride etc. Even for getting close to the baby elephants to take a picture they will ask for a TIP or a Fee. You can feed the Elephants with hay bundles which again will cost Rs 20 per bundle. Leaving aside the commercial part you can enjoy the place for a couple of hours and proceed on to your other journey. The kids will surely love the experience and certainly a good place for shutter bugs to capture the mini mamoth

Visited December 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Overcrowded”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

If you able to reach here by 7-8 in the morning and participate in the elephant bathing programme, maybe its worth its while. Anytime after that is not a good time at all. We reached there around 11 and it was a complete waste of time.

Too many agents trying to drag you to the rafts. The rafting itself is poorly managed with improper equipment and best avoided unless you are really desperate to raft.
The 'elephant ride' is exorbitantly priced for a 50 m loop. You will find better elephant rides in many national parks in India.

Very very touristy place filled with tourists who did not show the least bit of respect for the elephants residing there.

PS: This is not a natural setting at all. It is completely converted to a poorly managed tourist attraction.

Visited November 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“a good place if you want to touch and bathe elephants”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Very touristy place...it is important that you reach on time if you want to give bath elephants or else you will miss it as elephant stake bath during a specific time.

They have small (about 5 min) joy ride on elephants but it is very crowded and has a long queue. We had a to wait for nearly 1 hour for a turn. There is a queue number that is given to everybody but I noticed that those groups who came from high-end resorts somehow were ahead of the queue.

After we left Dubare camp, we went to Nisargadhama (15-20 min drive) and even they had 2 elephants where we could take a ride. The ticket price for elephant ride in Nisargadhama was half of ticket price at Dubare and there was no queue.

Visited December 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Bad expereince with hooligans & mafia operating boating & rafting.”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Today I write this review after having a extremly bad expereince in the camp this morning.This is not a place for people coming from far of places with their families to see the place.The whole place is highly unsafe for women & children with rowdies & hooligans operating the raftin g & boating.One of our family member who was waiting to return to the main bank was hit on his leg by an inexpereinced & irresponsible boatmen.An altercation took place between him and the local boatmen which led to all boat & rafting groups coming and beating my family member.Even the women and children were not spared. In the whole place not even a single cops were visible. We heard from some people that the local police are hand in glove with this boating mafia.Therefore I request all those who plan go to this place " be careful" please do not risk yourselves & your family. Shame on the authorities (LAW & ORDER jokers) not keeping any cops at tourist location which attract thousands even foreigners.

Visited January 2013
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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“An Experience to cherish”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Dubare Elephant Park

A short drive from Kushalnagar, on the banks of the Cauvery is the Dubare Elephant Park. It took a lot of energy and motivation for me to go to visit. I have seen Elephants, rode on them etc etc. Why now visit an Elelphant Park?

Dubare is a revelation. In a small area, the park authorities have created a tourist attraction without altering the existing habitat. The only way to get to the Park is by a motor boat which cuts a wide swathe across the Cauvery and disembarks you at a little distance from the Elephants.

The only time to go here is in the morning between 9 am and 11 am. This is the time when young boys supervised by a handful of adults lead the elephants and their babies down to the Cauvery for their morning bath. The Elephants lazily stretch out in the water, play with it, spraying both themselves and the tourists while they are scrubbed and cleaned. Once done, each Elephant is examined for any sores they may have developed, oil and medicine is applied and they are then led to the feeding enclosure where rice and jaggery wrapped in rice straw is fed to them.

As the Elephants retire, the boatmen get their rafts ready to take the visitors on a joy ride around the river. A simple boat ride is made more exciting as each person is encouraged to do his own rowing as the raft goes under trees and tree roots which seem at first an impossible exercise.

Spend a morning at Dubare. It is an experience to cherish.

Visited December 2012
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