Insects chirping in the dead of the night. The silhouettes of trees seem like an oil painting. A stream gurgles closeby. Far away, a waterfall roars. The hills whisper a tale of ancient times. An uncanny chirp from a nest somewhere. Hillslopes wear the blanket of the moonlight seeming like manicured lawns. All turns silent for a moment. The trumpet of an elephant awakens the night, reciprocated by the thunderous growl of a hunting tiger. Welcome to Karnataka wildlife.
Dandeli reflects a rich mix of cultures having attracted migrants from across India. Located along the River Kali, there are many tourist activities which include bird watching, nature walks, boating, crocodile spotting, fishing and rafting. The Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is a natural habitat for wild animals. It is the 2nd largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Home to bears, elephants, tigers, panthers, leopards and many species of deer, it is also the home to several reptiles and almost 300 species of birds.
Nagarahole means Cobra's River in Kannada. The Nagarahole National Park is called Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is a rich repository of fauna and flora. This used to be the hunting grounds of Mysore Maharajas and was converted into a 285 sq km wildlife sanctuary in 1985. It has been expanded ever since and this sanctuary has gained National Park status and spans an area of 640 sq km currently. Nagarahole is known to have the maximum Royal Bengal tiger population density in the world. Many options are available, offered by many resorts for trekking, wildlife spotting and white water activities.
Bandipur and Nagaraholeare separated by the Kabini River. Bandipur is located about 80km from Mysore. The royalty of Mysore had established a National Park by the name of Venugopala Wildlife Park. Under the Project Tiger, Bandipur Tiger Reserve was established by adding nearly 800km to the Venugopala Wildlife Park. Bandipur National Park houses several endangered species and also provides refuge to innumerable threatened and vulnerable species. Situated at the confluence of Western and Eastern Ghats, the forests are a treat to the eyes through which many rivers run.
Kabiniis named after the River Kabini which is also called Kapila. The backwaters of Kabini River are reservoirs of rich wildlife. Kabini boasts of sightings of largest herds of Asiatic elephants in particular seasons. One of the most popular wildlife destinations in Karnataka, Kabini promises a unique experience to all age groups. A forestland dotted with water bodies and steep valleys, exotic birds and wild animals, the wild is calling. When will you be there?
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Chikmagalur and is a popular location for day outings. The area is covered by dry deciduous, moist deciduous and semi evergreen forests. The tiger reserve here houses over 33 tigers. The lushgreen slopes and mist add to the splendour of this region. Many hill peaks are found in this region. Mullayangiri is acclaimed to be the tallest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris. The Tourism department has promoted eco-tourism to a large extent around this region.
BR Hills is at the confluence of Western and Eastern Ghats and hence is home to both eco-systems of both mountain ranges. The forests here are known for gaurs, tigers and elephants amongst various other wild animals. The place owes its name to the presence of Lord Venkateshwara's temple on the BiligiriRanga Hill.