Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of Karnataka

Sanctuaries and National Parks of Karnataka

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Karnataka hoards a rich store of animal resources; as a result Karnataka wildlife tour is mesmerizing! Nowhere in the world do we find locations that are as exotic as the Karnataka wildlife tours.

Karnataka wildlife tour stretches from the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats to the scrub jungle of the plains. Set amidst this picturesque setting, the Karnataka reserve forests and wildlife sanctuaries largely attract the tourists and this heavily contribute towards Karnataka wildlife tours.

Bandipur National Park



The Bandipur National Park of Karnataka is a beautiful forest reserve of southern India. The Bandipur National Park was established with the aim of conserving the nature and its resource.

In 1930, the present Bandipur National Park was the Maharaja Voodiyar's hunting land which was converted into Venugopal Wildlife Park. Later in the year 1941, the park was expanded to the nearby Nagarhole National Park and named as the Bandipur National Park.

Now the Bandipur National Park of Karnataka is a part of the vast Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which is considered as the extensive tracts of protected forest in India. In the year 1973, the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka was declared as the tiger reserve of India. Now it is the best managed tiger reserve of India.

The rivers like the Kabini, Nugu and Moyar passes through the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka. The flora of the Bandipur National Park at Karnataka comprises of the deciduous forests, the evergreen forest and grassy woodlands. The forest has a rich collection of rosewood and teak. The Karnataka Bandipur National Park is the home of Asiatic elephant. As the Bandipur National Park lies on the highway between Mysore and Ootacamund, the park is only two and half hours drive from Mysore.

Rajiv Gandhi National Park



The Rajiv Gandhi National Park is popularly known as the Nagarhole National Park. The Rajiv Gandhi National Park is connected to the Bandipur National Park in the south eastern part.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Park of Karnataka is spread over an area of 247 square miles and is the home to an abundance of wildlife. The Rajiv Gandhi National Park is considered to be one of the best wildlife parks of India. You will be surprised to see the large elephant and bison population in the Rajiv Gandhi National Park of Karnataka.

The landscape around the Rajiv Gandhi National Park in Karnataka is very beautiful with gentle slopes and shallow valleys. The reserve forest is scattered with the dry and mixed deciduous forest trees, grassy swamps and green grasses.

B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary



The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in between Western and the Eastern Ghats on the banks of river Cauvery about 5,091 feet above the sea level in Kemmannagundi district, Karnataka.

The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 540 square kilometers and covered with mixed deciduous forests. The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is the hub of a varied species of wildlife and is rich in flora and fauna.

The major attractions of the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka are Gaur and Chital. The most interesting thing of the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is that you can easily spot the wild animals wandering carelessly in their natural habitat during your trip in the jeep safari.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary



The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Mysore district of Karnataka.

The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary occupies an area of 526.96 square kilometers and set amidst the mountain valleys with the river Cauvery passing through it. The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka was given the recognition of a sanctuary on 14th of January 1987.

The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka has rich flora and fauna. The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is covered by riverine and dry deciduous forests which have patches of scrub forest also. The lush green jungle of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka is the home to a wide varieties of wild life species.

Bannerghata National Park



The Bannerghata National Park is located at the southern outskirts of Bangalore city about 22 kilometers from the garden city. The Bannerghata National Park in Karnataka is spread over 25,000 acres of land and is well known for rich flora and fauna.

The Bannerghata National Park comprises of dry deciduous forests, thorny shrubs as well as moist deciduous forests.

The Bannerghata National Park in Bangalore was established in 1971 with the sole aim of conserving the rare species of wildlife of the southern region of India. The Bannerghata National Park of Karnataka is a part of ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division. The Bannerghata National Park at Karnataka is full of sandal, zizyphus, neem, jalari, tamarind, and chujjullu trees.

Anshi National Park



The Anshi National Park of Karnataka is situated in the eco-sensitive portion of the Western Ghats in the Uttara Kannad district, India.

The Anshi National Park is spread over an area of 250 square kilometers. The area receives a heavy rainfall during the monsoon months. The region around the Anshi National Park of Karnataka is composed of lateritic soil which has very less water holding capacity. Thus in the summer months, the area goes dry and the forest authority have to pump water to the man made tanks for the living creatures that shelters here. The area around the Anshi National Park in Karnataka comprises of semi-evergreen and evergreen forests.

The Anshi National Park in Karnataka is rich in rare species of flora and fauna. The park is the home to a varied and rare species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary



The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka is located about 485 kilometers from Bangalore and occupies an area of 5729.07 square kilometers. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is set in a calm and peaceful ambiance.

The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is well known for being the second largest wildlife sanctuary of the Karnataka state.

The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka comprises of steep slopes, deep river valleys and the enchantingly rich hilly forest terrain. The forest of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a mixture of typical moist deciduous and semi evergreen forest. The riffling streams and the tributaries of the Kali, Kaneri and Nagajhari weave through the forests of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in diverse flora and fauna.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary



The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is the bird watcher's paradise in Karnataka. The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located on the Banavasi Road in Gudavi of Sorab Taluk in Shimoga District. The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 73.68 hectares. The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary of Karnataka is one of the five best bird sanctuaries of Karnataka.

In the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka, you will get the opportunity to see varieties of birds from the months of May till November. The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 73.68 hectares of land. According to the survey done in 1993, more than 191 different types of birds were recorded in the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary of Karnataka. A natural lake of Gudavi and the large canopy of trees serves as a shelter to the various species of birds.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary



The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka lies in the tropical forests of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka.

The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is about 275 kilometers from Bangalore and occupies an area of about 492.46 square kilometers. This forest region was declared as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve by the Mysore Government in the year 1951. Later in 1974, the protected forest was rechristened as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1998, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka was announced as the 25th tiger reserve project of India.

The protected forest under the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka is the home to a large variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary derived its name from the Bhadra river that flow by the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary



The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Malenaadu region under the Shimoga district, towards Theerthahalli in Karnataka. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary has a spectacular collection of migratory birds.

The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary of Karnataka is well connected with other parts of Karnataka by regular state bus service. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is a small and well maintained sanctuary of the Karnataka state.

The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary of Karnataka is the natural habitat of varied species of local as well as migratory birds. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is covered by a dense forest with river Tunga flowing through it. There is a beautiful island where three types of migratory birds namely median egret, darter and the cormorant nests. These avian species club around the branches of the trees which gives a spectacular sight from far.

The migratory birds come to the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka mainly in the month of August. If you stroll around the place or trek you will be amazed by the chirping or cacophony of sounds by more than 5000 birds in the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary.

With the first ray of sunlight in the dawn, the echoing sound of the birds of the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka fills the air.

You can spot the different species of birds by standing on the watch tower of the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary at Karnataka. But it is advisable to seek local help or get the guidance from the forest department to identify the bird species and explore the sanctuary. There is a dam close to the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary at Karnataka at Gajanur where you can pay your visit during your trip to the sanctuary.

Kudremukh National Park



The Kudremukh National Park of Karnataka is located about 130 kilometers from Mangalore. The Kudremukh National Park is encircled by the Kudremukh or the Horse Face range which overlooks the Arabian Sea.

The Kudremukh National Park of Karnataka comprises of a number of deep ravines as well as steep cliffs and is an ideal hub of animals and birds. The Kudremukh National Park occupies an area of 600.32 square kilometers and lies about 1,894.3 meters above sea level. The landscape around the Kudremukh National Park is very beautiful.

The best time to visit the Kudremukh National Park of Karnataka is between October and May. It is the period after monsoons and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the lush green jungle plenty of wild animals. The Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka is the home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is covered with lush green forests and high grasslands.

Dubare Elephant Camp in Coorg



The Dubare Elephant Camp is a famous training camp of Coorg, Mysore. The Dubare Elephant Camp of Karnataka attracts a number of tourists who come here simply to observe the various activities of this gigantic creatures.

The wildlife enthusiasts and the tourists spend hours in the Dubare Elephant Camp of Karnataka by watching the habits of the elephants and participating in the daily activities of these animals like feeding and bathing.

You will find a number of trained Naturalist in the Dubare Elephant Camp in Karnataka who will tell you the diverse aspects of the history and ecology of the elephants. The Dubare Elephant Camp is an unique eco-tourism destination in South India.

The Dubare Elephant Camp in Karnataka is run by the Karnataka Forest department and is the home to more than 150 elephants. Dubare Elephant Camp in Coorg is of historical importance. In the ancient times a number of elephants were brought here for their initial training. Today the Dubare Elephant Camp at Karnataka in Coorg gives excellent accommodation services to the tourists on the banks of river Cauvery. It is really thrilling to see the elephants feeding on sugarcane, coconuts or bananas.

Last Updated on : 05 April 2013

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