India - Karnataka Wildlife Tourism

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Karnataka Wildlife Tourism

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka has undulating streams, whispering bamboo, diverse wildlife, and innumerable trekking trails. River Kali and its tributaries, Kaneri and Nagajhari, pass through these moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. The Dandeli forests also play host to the graceful Virnoli Rapids, the magnificent Supa Dam, the sinister Syntheri Rocks, the Nagajhari Viewpoint, the Kulgi Nature Education Camp, the Kavla Caves and the Sykes Point. The animals of the region are elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, mongoose, porcupine, jackal, and langur. The popular birds of the place are golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, white breasted kingfisher, grey hornbill, great pied hornbill, and Malabar pied hornbill.

Gudavi Bird sanctuary

The Gudavi Bird sanctuary is located in Sorab taluk of Shimoga district on the tree-lined banks of the Gudavi Lake. The birds found in the region are grey heron, night heron, little cormorant, jungle fowl, waterfowl, white-headed crane, pond heron, and the black-headed crane.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary in the Malnad region of the Karnataka is surrounded by dense forest. There is a small island formed by the flowing river Tunga and every year, three species of migratory birds such as the median egret, the little cormorant and the darter take shelter on the leafless trees. During the peak season, the total number of birds in the sanctuary is estimated at 5000.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary popularly known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to sight the ferocious tiger, the Indian bison, the striped hyena, and the rare flying lizard glide.

Other animals of the place are elephant, gaur, panther, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, mongoose, porcupine, jackal, and the common langur.

Kudremukh National Park

The Kudremukh National Park or Horse Face Range Park located at 95km south-west of Chikmagalur town overlook the Arabian Sea apart from being chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. The animals include tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, and the mongoose. The Malabar trogon, great pied hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush, and the imperial pigeon can also be found.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary located amidst mountains, valleys, a mighty river, jungle sounds, and lush greenery has tiger, leopard, elephant, wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, four-horned antelope, Malabar giant squirrel, grizzled giant squirrel, common otter and hare. The Sirkeer cuckoo, green-billed malkoha, white-browed bulbul, and the pigmy woodpecker are also found in the region apart from the endangered mahseer fish.

Nagarhole Rajiv Gandhi National Park

The Rajiv Gandhi National Park in the forests of Nagarhole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic elephant. Other animals include tiger, leopard, wild dog, sambar, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, Indian bison, mouse deer, spotted deer, slender loris, black-naped hare, jackal, langur, wild pig, porcupine, Malabar squirrel, striped hyena and the four-horned antelope. Herons, storks, egrets, ducks, kites, eagles, falcons, partridges, peafowl, lapwings, sandpipers, woodpeckers, sunbirds, wagtails, warblers, babblers, shrikes and owls are some of the bird species found here.

Bandipur National Park

The Bandipur National Park nesting in the foothills of the Nilgiris is one of the tiger reserves in the country. The flora comprises of Teak, Rosewood, Honne, Mathi, Bamboo and Sandal Trees. The important animals in the park are Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Chital and Sambar. Birds like the Peafowl, Partridge, Quail, Hornbill and Ibis are also found here. Apart from these, Dhole(wild dog), Sambar, Muntjac or Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel and sometimes Sloth Bear and Nocturnal Porcupine and Blacknaped hare can also be seen in the sanctuary.

Bannerghatta National Park

The Bannerghatta National Park has panthers, lions, tigers and a large variety of birds. It also has lion and tiger safari facilities. The newly started butterfly park is another attraction of Bannerghatta.

Kokkrebellur

Kokkrebellur is a village which turns home to migratory birds during October/November every year. Flocks of painted storks and spot billed pelicans descend on the hamlet to build their nests and rear their young.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

The Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary situated on the banks of the Cauvery River has a group of six islets. It is the home of birds such as spoonbills, open bill storks, darters, white Ibis, little cormorants, egret, heron, partridge, river tern, stone plougher, snake bird, and other exotic bird species.

Bilgiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bilgiri Rangaswamy Temple wildlife sanctuary is unique sanctuary situated at the junction of the Eastern and Western Ghats with flora and fauna of both the regions. The animals of the place include tiger, leopard, wild dog, jungle cat, sloth bear, civets, mongooses, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, common langur, bonnet macaque, wild pig, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, four horned antelope and black buck.

 

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