Wildlife of Karnataka
Karnataka's wildlife reserves and lush
green forests are included in its rich heritage and legacy. The State
is dotted with some of the biggest jungle tracts expended in south of
the Vindhyas. The forest reserves are home to diverse variety of wild
habitat and varied flora extended over to Western Ghats.
The exotic wildlife of Karnataka includes crocodiles basking under
the sun, kingfishers waiting for their catch, peacocks dancing over
the lush green patches, deer just leaping across the wild. The
wildlife doesn't ends here there are voluminous wild habitats all
waiting to be discovered. Make a tour to the great wilds of Karnataka
experience its magic, feel its profusion and cherish its beauty.
¤ Dandeli Kali Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries
in Karnataka. Housing some very rare species of wilds still to be
explored. Main attractions of the forest are sloth bear, bush grail,
deer, elephant, sambar, tiger, gaur, panther and partridge.
The jungles of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offers wildlife jeep
safari, bird watching, crocodile sighting trips fishing, coracle boat
rides and trekking in its great wilds.
Take a boat cruise across the river Kali, the amazing sites of
crocodiles relaxing under the sun and drove of exquisite water birds
flapping their wings in the tranquil waters of the river will leave
you absolutely mesmerized. Best Season: November to March.
¤ Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the districts of Mysore, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
nestles amidst the mountain valleys where tranquil river menders its
way through the lush green jungles. The reserve makes a perfect
getaway to the panoramic splendor of the wild. Its main wildlife
attractions are - tiger, leopard, elephant, wild boar, barking deer,
four-horned antelope, crocodiles, turtles, python, cobra, green-billed
malkoha, white-browed bulbul and the pigmy woodpecker. The sanctuary
is also famed for the endangered mahseer fish.
A wildlife enthusiast has much options here, one can trek to the top
of the hill to get a spectacular view of the Cauvery flowing through
the picturesque valley below or raft down the rapids of the Cauvery or
can indulge in game fishing. There are also attractions of the
majestic carved Shiva temple near by. Best Season: November to March.
¤ Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
Bandipur Wild life Sacntuary offers a rich and varied wildlife
habitat. It is a part of a larger national park, which also includes
the neighboring wildlife sanctuaries, of Mudumalaiin Tamil Nadu and
Wynad in Kerala. This sanctuary comes under Project Tiger, a scheme
launched in 1973, by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, to save the
tiger and its habitat. Since then it is successfully handling the
hurdles coming all its way in preserving and recreating the endangered
¤ Bannerghatta Wildlife Sanctuary
Bannerghatta National Park extends over the vast green patch of
Karnataka and lies at a distance of 22 km. from Bangalore. The Park
was established in 1971 housing exotic species of wildlife. The park
also treasures startling variety of flora and fauna like sandal trees,
jalari, chujjullu, neem, tamarind and zizyphus. Extending over 104 sq
km, the park includes ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the
Bangalore Forest Division.
Besides its wildlife attractions the park also embellished with ample
scenic splendor, panoramic hilly terrain along with many ancient
temples perched on them.
¤ Nagarhole National Park
Nagarahole National Park is situated in the scenic town of Kodagu and
Mysore in southern Karnataka. In 1975 the Park area was increased to
include a greater expanse of forest reserve. Nagarahole got the name
from Kannada word-'nagar' meaning snake and 'hole' meaning streams,
that very well goes with its name as the wild has ample amount of
streams and snakes due to its rich tropical forests. Main wildlife
attractions are four horned antelope, panther, warblers, panther, and
giant flying squirrel. Other attractions of the town reserve are the
honey - gatherers, the hill tribes and the bird trappers inhabiting
the park and can be often seen indulging in their activities.
Best Time: Best time to
visit the park is during the month of June- October.
¤ Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is just an ideal spot for the bird
lovers. On a tour to Ranganthittu one's eyes get a ravishing treat of
wildlife and some most rare bird species. Just glance around and
you'll find a host of surprises. Crocodiles basking under the sun,
otters running free, flocks of birds gathered on tiny islands, all
these make Ranganthittu a visual delight. The thrill keeps going on as
one keeps on encountering the rare exotic birds.
The main charm of the sanctuary is its guest birds, that come all the
way from Siberia, Australia and even North America. One have fare
chances to meet these birds while on a cruise where the folk of bird
is always ready to greet its visitors. It could be the open-bill
stork, the white ibis, partridge or even the cormorant trying to say
hello. Best time to visit the sanctuary is June -October.
¤ Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Chikmagalur in Shimoga
Districts. The sanctuary is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary
housing some of the great wildlife reserve like the most endangered
species- the tiger. The sight of ferocious tiger, the Indian bison,
the strange sounds of the striped hyena and the rare flying lizard
slides amidst the tall lush trees will leave its visitors absolutely
The sanctuary also has the attraction of its aerial population. More
than 250 variety of bird life is spotted on the Western Ghats. Best
Season to visit the wildlife is during October to February.