Bhadra Reservoir Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra situated in the midst of Western Ghat in Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts of Karnataka is surrounded by lofty hill ranges of Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri & Babaudangiri. A dam has been constructed across Bhadra river near Lakkavalli. The reserve consists of two main areas, Muthodi and Lakkavalli. Distance from Bengaluru to Bhadra Dam is 282.9 km and takes around 5 h 16 min via via NH 48 and SH 24. Distance from Shivamogga to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 32.2 km and takes around 43 min via SH 57.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as Muthodi WildLife Sanctuary is a well-known Project Tiger reserve. The wildlife sanctuary is called so after the Bhadra River which meanders through the lush forests. The area was declared the Jagara Valley Game Reserve in 1951 by the Government of Mysore. In 1974, after a census of the animal species in the adjoining areas, the sanctuary was reconstituted as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a substantial tiger population and as such the sanctuary was declared the 25th Project Tiger reserve of India in 1998. Besides being the perfect haven for tigers, the Bhadra sanctuary plays host to exotic animal species. The elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, mongoose, porcupine, jackal, and the common langur are some of the mammals found here.
Birds in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers too with wide range of birds beautifying the area. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary houses more than 250 species of bird life. Among birds, you can spot the black winged kite, king vulture, great horned owl, great pied hornbill, Indian tree pie, black napped flycatcher and the open billed stork.
Trekking in bhadra wildlife sanctuary
The activities in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary include wildlife viewing on jeeps, water-based adventures, trekking, island camping, bird watching and rock climbing. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary offers magnificent views of the hills and peaks like Kemmannugundi & Kallahathigiri are situated inside it. It is surrounded by steep slopes of Hebbe Giri, Baba Budan Giri hills and Mullayanagiri range. The best time for trekking is from October to March, when the forest is green and at its full glory.
Bird watching, trekking, Jeep Safari for spotting wild animals, water sports etc are some of the activities available for Tourists. There are many accommodations and dormitory are available within the sanctuary. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is about 275 KMs from Bangalore.
How to Reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
By Air: The nearest airports are Mangalore which is 180km away and Bangalore which is 265km away.
By Rail: The closest railhead is Kadur, which is 40km away.
By Road: The nearest town is Chikmagalur, 30km away. Bangalore is 265km away.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is from the months of November to March. The visiting time is from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.