Blessed with some of the rarest species on earth, Karnataka is one of the great wildlife destinations in India. It is an ideal wildlife destination in India that reflects a pleasant face of Indian bio-diversity. With more than 20 wildlife sanctuaries that shelters some rare species and ample of common species, the state attracts wildlife aficionados from all over the world and gives them a great opportunity to witness vividness par excellence.
1. Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary:
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Kollur in Udupi district. This sanctuary is spread around 247 sq. km. This sanctuary is sharing its north-western boundary with Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary. Mookambika wildlife sanctuary is located at a distance of 125 km from Mangalore. Mookambika wildlife sanctuary is divided into a core zone (114 sq. km), buffer zone (90 sq. km) and tourism zone (43 sq. Km). This sanctuary is thick with evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests of the Western Ghats. Among the many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, Mookambika has made an indelible mark due to its rich flora and fauna and is home to animals like slender loris and lion-tailed macaque.
2. Bhadra Tiger Reserve:
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a Project Tiger, tiger reserve located 38 km Northwest of Chikkamagaluru town in Karnataka state, India. Bhadra sanctuary has a wide range of flora and fauna and is a popular place for day outings. Safari starts from the River Tern Lodge – twice a day – @ 6.30 am and at @4pm and via both Jeep and Boat and lasts approx. 2 to 2 ½ hours and you will thoroughly enjoy the same.
3. Bannerghatta National Park:
Situated in the middle of the forests in the valley of the famous Champakadhama hills, the Bannerghatta National Park, a rich natural zoological reserve, works towards conservation of wildlife and promotes responsible wildlife tourism. Located just 22 kilometres south of Bangalore, it takes roughly one and a half hours to get there. It’s one of the few natural parks in the world that preserves wildlife in such close proximity to a city. It comprises a zoo, safari, butterfly park and rescue center that carries out conservation and rehabilitation of orphaned animals. The animals of the park are provided with an ambience that allows them to live in harmony with nature.
4. Wildlife Observation in Dandeli.
Dandeli Jungle Safari is one of the most important activity that one should not miss while in Dandeli as its famous for Jungle safari along water sports in dandeli and adventure activities in dandeli. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the name of the reserve is; actually locating in Uttarkannada district of Karnataka which is abundantly rich in wide varieties of flora and fauna. Being spread over an area of 834.16 sq.km, this reserve is reputed as the largest sanctuary in Karnataka. The sanctuary is a safe shelter for barking, spotted and mouse deer, sloth bear, panther, tiger, gaur, elephant, wild dog, civet cat, bison, jackal, langur and giant flying squirrel along with many species of colorful birds.
5. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 100 km from Bangalore in the districts of Mysore, Bangalore and Mandya. It is spread around 102.59 sq. km. River Cauvery forms the northern and eastern boundary of the sanctuary. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary attracts nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.
Nestled in the mountains, valleys, rivers, jungle sounds, and abundant greenery, the Cauvery wildlife sanctuary is a perfect gateway where fishermen and nature lovers can get a whiff of raw adventure and a view of the majestic Cauvery as it bounces over jagged rocks.