The Kabini, also called Kabani and Kapila, is a river of southern India. It originates in the Wayanad District of Kerala state from the confluence of the Panamaram Riverand the Mananthavady River, and flows eastward to join the Kaveri River atTirumakudalu Narasipura in Karnataka, which empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Close to the town of Sargur it forms the huge Kabini Reservoir. The backwaters of the Kabini reservoir are very rich in wildlife especially in summer when the water level recedes to form rich grassy meadows.

Elephant family on the Kabini River bank

The Kabini dam is 2,284 ft (696 m) in length with an original gross storage of 19.52 tmcft, but that has been reduced considerably due to silt accumulation. The Kabini Dam is situated between villages Bichanahalli and Bidarahalli having distance of 17 km (11 mi) 6 km away from Sargur town in Heggadadevana kote taluk, Mysoredistrict.

The beauty of Kapila river is best enjoyed in Nanjangud with the famous 16-pillar mantap and 14 steps river bank where the famousSrikanteshwara_Temple,Nanjangud is located.