Kabini River - Wayanad

Also known as Kapila, the Kabini River forms the lifeline of Wayanad district of Kerala. Along with Pamba and Bhavani, it is one of three East-flowing rivers of the state. The source of the river is in the Pakramthalam hills, near Kuttyadi-Mananthavady road. Rivers joining the Kabini along its course are Makkiyad, Manathavady, Taraka, Nugu, Periya, Kalindi and Panamaram. At the confluence of Panamaram and Kabini rivers form the Kuruva Island, or Kuruvadweep. Kabini flows eastward to join the Kaveri River at Tirumakudal Narasipur, in Karnataka.

There are many tourist spots along the river's course. The hills surrounding it are full of wildlife – elephants, tigers and lots of birds. The Kabini Lake attracts a lot of animals, especially in the summer, when water scarcity is seen. There are four dams worth a visit, along the river – Kabini Dam, Chikkahole Dam, Banasura Sagar Dam and Karapura Irrigation Dam.

The Banasura Sagar Dam, built over a tributary of the Kabini River, was established to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and help lower water scarcity for irrigation and drinking purposes. It is 21km from Kalpetta, the administrative capital of the district. There's boating and trekking facility near the dam, as well as a children's park. The 2,284-foot Kabini dam is stands between Bichanahalli and Bidarahalli villages. It is17km from Sargur, in Heggadadevana Kote taluk, in Mysore district.


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