Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled in the midst of the Sothern Western Ghats, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary offers its guests a delightful experience with its breathtaking landscape and a wide variety of flora and fauna for which it is visited. Located in the Chikamagalur district of Karnataka, the sanctuary got its name from the Bhadra River flowing in its terrain which supports the wildlife of the area. It is home to a large number of tigers and was declared the 25th Project Tiger of India in 1998. Despite being declared as a Project Tiger, the sanctuary boasts of diverse wildlife which attracts many travelers and wildlife enthusiasts to this place.

The haughty hills surrounding the area and the lush green vegetation mainly comprise dry deciduous and moist forests which fill the landscape and look absolutely spectacular contrasting with the clear blue sky. Spreading in a spacious area of 490 square kilometers, the sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife paramours and even has in its habitat some of the rare species like Malabar Giant Squirrel and Orangutan. The area is also recognized as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary because of Muthodi village in its periphery and two main reserves known as Lakkavali and Muthodi where more than 120 species of trees can be found. One of the other attractions of this sanctuary apart from the landscape and flora and fauna is a giant Teak tree known as Jagara which is considered to be more than 300-years old.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-visit places for sightseeing in Karnataka where you can enjoy the bounty of nature while also witnessing some of the exotic species of animals and birds. Visitors can explore the area through activities such as jeep safari, trekking, bird watching, rock climbing, water sports in the Bhadra River. It is an ideal place to spend time with your family and engage in a number of thrilling and exciting activities to make some unforgettable memories.

Dominant Flora

There are 120 species of flora spread across in the entire area comprising moist deciduous trees, dry deciduous trees, and semi-evergreen trees. Other floral species include Crepe Myrtle, Thaasal, Kadam, Simpoh, Teak, Indian Laurel, Rosewood, Kindal, Fig tree, White Teak, Indigo, Toddy Palm, Jalari, Ceylon Oak, Axle Wood, etc.

Dominant Fauna

Mammals: Tigers, Gaur, Elephant, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Black Leopard, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Spotted Deer, Wild Dog, Sambar, Barking Deer, Common Langur, Common Palm Civet, Mouse Deer, Bonnet Macaque, Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Slender Loris, Pangolin, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, etc.

Birds: Shama, Ruby-Throated Pitbul, Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Painted Bush Quail, Southern Green Imperial Pigeon, Malabar Trogon.

Reptiles: King Cobra, Common Vine Snake, Common Cobra, Common Wolf Snake, Bamboo Pit Viper, Russell’s Viper, Olive Keelback, Common Indian Monitor, Rat Snake, Marsh Crocodiles, Draco Gliding Lizard, etc.

Climatic Conditions

The climatic conditions of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary are temperate most of the year. The summer temperature may rise to 32 degrees Celsius and the lowest winter temperature is 10 degrees Celsius at night. The area receives good amount of rainfall during the monsoons which makes the region even more beautiful and picturesque.

The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October and March as the weather is pleasant during this time with little to no rainfall which makes the trekking experience smooth.

How to Reach

Nearest Train Station: The nearest railway station is Kadur Junction at 51km away from the sanctuary. After deboarding the train, you can hire a cab or take a public bus to reach the destination.

Nearest Airport: Mangalore domestic airport is the closest airport located at a distance of 185km away from the wildlife sanctuary. Taxis are available from the airport to take you to the wildlife sanctuary.

Road Accessibility : Badhra Wildlife Sanctuary is well-connected by road to other cities and places in Karnataka. Public and private vehicle can be taken which go to the sanctuary at regular intervals.

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