For a true sense of escape, the Galibore Nature Camp, that lies deep in the deciduous forests on the banks of the River Cauvery is a good bet. Named after the windy hillock called Galibore that stands behind it, it lies truly isolated from what we call civilization. Surrounded by hills, here the wilderness takes on a deeper shade of green.
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The rapids that are characteristic of the Camp were once a favourite among anglers, vying for the masheer, also known as the tiger with fins. Though you can’t fish in these waters, there are other experiences the Camp offers in plenty. An amazing wildlife experience, spotted deers, the endangered grizzled giant squirrel, marsh crocodiles, turtles and snakes await you at Galibore. Birdwatchers won’t leave disappointed either, with over 230 species of birds including the Fish eagles, green pigeons, kingfishers, Owls etc. Our naturalists and staff will only be pleased to give you pointers and help you discover the subtle facets of nature. Meal times here come with a huge serving of scenery. From the Gol Ghar, where meals are served, if you look carefully enough, you’re sure to spot a good many birds. Evenings with the barbecue by the riverside and the bonfire are bonding sessions, where our guests get to know each other. But if it’s quiet you desire, you can choose to converse with the stars, reclined on a lawn chair or stretched out on a hammock until your grilled fish or chicken or vegetables arrive. Each tent has a hammock outside. For those who are looking for a little more boisterous activity, a safe tumbling net awaits. At Galibore, the agenda is quite simple – revel in the quiet of nature and return recharged.
The best time to visit is between August and February, when the monsoons have graced the Camp and the river flows thick and swollen, and the forest is rich and green. This is the ideal time to spot birds as river terns, Fish eagles, woodpeckers, kingfishers and many others flock in large numbers. In the drier months, the receding waterline reveals wide sandbanks where you can wade in the many lagoons. The summer months of starting from March to June can be extremely warm, especially in the afternoons.