Besides its natural splendor, Karnataka is also bountiful of its wildlife habitat, housing some of the rare and endangered species. Most of the wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka are situated of the foot of Western Ghats, making the sanctuaries splendidly picturesque as well. Wild Life of Karnataka, Wildlife Tourism Karnataka, Wildlife Karnataka, Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, Karnataka Wildlife Parks These parks were once the hunting ground of the kings but with the help of government, they are now protected areas. Parks like Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National park have seen a regular increase in the number of animals here. Even some endangered species also have prospered and their population too is out of the red zone. Be it birds, animals or plantation, Wildlife sanctuaries are nothing less than a treasure of nature to Karnataka.
In karnataka there are numerous Wild attractions which you can see, each more beautiful than the other. Out of those thousands, here we list out the top Wild attractions to see in case you are on a short trip to karnataka. Even if you are on a long visit, these are the ones which you must not miss out. Read more about them...
1Bandipur National Park
Spread in a vast area, encompassing 874 square kilometers, Bandipur National Park is a great example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts. This tiger reserve was utilized as a private hunting reserve by the Maharaja of Mysore in the earlier times. Along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary; it forms a part of the highly renowned Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.This whole reserve has earned acclaim due to its reputation as Southern India’s largest preserved area. A great example of Eco- conservation, the serene Bandipur National Park is situated along Karnataka’s Mysore-Ooty highway. The year 1973 heralded establishment of the beautiful Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Exquisitely managed, numerous biomes consisting of moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and shrub lands flourish in the park. Home to a perfect tropical climate, its beauty is enhanced on account of the presence of many rivers. The northern end is witness to the Kabini River and the Moyar flows through the south of the park. In addition, the enchanting Nugu River flows through it. Many endangered and vulnerable species have garnered refuge here. Stringent efforts followed regarding conservation are extremely helpful in keeping the future of various species secure. A majestic sight awaits wildlife enthusiasts when they witness mighty elephants strolling in the park or the elusive tiger hunting its prey.
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2Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park, the enchanting 247 square-mile park in Karnataka has an astonishing abundance of wildlife including large mammals such as tiger, leopard, wild elephant, Dhole (Indian wild dog), and Gaur (Indian bison).The park derives its name from the combination of two Kannada words. 'Naga,' meaning snake, and 'hole,' meaning streams. True to its name, quite a few serpentine streams fork through the rich tropical forests of the park. The landscape is one of gentle slopes and shallow valleys. Dry deciduous forest trees are leafless in the summer rather than in the winter. There are grassy swamps where the soil is clayey, perennially moist, and which support a luxuriant growth of green grass all year. The change in terrain throughout the park in refreshing and the river system provides a unique wildlife viewing experience. The park has been recently renamed as Rajiv Gandhi National Park after the late Prime Minister of India.
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Kabini is a tributary of the River Cauvery located at Karapur near Nagarahole Wildlife National Park . Its main attraction is the convergence of spectacular wildlife and birdlife on the banks of River Kabini in summer. Rated among the top 5 wildlife resorts in the world by the British magazine Tatlers, Kabini River Lodge originally belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore. It is very close to Nagarhole National Park and is a paradise on the banks of the river Kabini. Elephant, Monkey, Bison, Panther, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Crocodile, Goldenbacked Woodpecker, Osprey and the White Necked Stork are to be found in abundance here.
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Undulating streams, whispering bamboo, diverse wildlife, and innumerable trekking trails make Dandeli a dream destination. River Kali and its tributaries, Kaneri and Nagajhari, meander through the 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, Nagajhari Viewpoint, the Kulgi Nature Education Camp, the Kavla Caves with their Shivling-like stalagmites, and Sykes Point which offers a stunning view of the Kalinadi Valley.
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5Br Hills, K Gudi
Lose yourself in these ancient hills, which take their name from the Ranganathaswamy Temple that sits at the edge of a granite precipice with a drop of more than a 1000 ft into a dense forest. Find inner peace at the foot of the great champak tree, believed to be more than 2000 ears old and worshipped by the Soligas, the tribals of that area. Don't miss the coffee estates, the tribal hamlets and the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra, which has preserved tribal information and the biodiversity of the region. For trekkers there are many trails including one up to Honnamari, the highest point.
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6Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary takes its name from the eponymous river, its lifeline. Popularly known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, after the village on its periphery, it is a great place to sight the ferocious tiger, observe the Indian bison, hear the strange calls of the striped hyena, and see the rare flying lizard glide amidst the huge trees. The southern part of the sanctuary is rich in birds, butterflies and reptiles. More than 250 species of bird life, many of which are endemic to the Western Ghats, are spotted here.
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7Cauvery - Bheemeshwari
Tucked away amidst mountains, valleys, a mighty river, jungle sounds, and lush greenery, the sanctuary is an idyllic getaway where anglers and nature enthusiasts can get a whiff of raw adventure and a view of the majestic Cauvery as it bounces over jagged rocks. Here, you can trek to the top of the hill to get a panoramic view of the Cauvery flowing through the picturesque valley below. You could also visit the ruins of the magnificent sculpted Shiva temple, a place of worship for the local Soliga tribes, raft down the rapids of the Cauvery, or even indulge in game fishing.
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8Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, situated on the banks of the Cauvery River , includes of a group of six islets. The isolated islets and the abundance of aquatic insects during the monsoon make Ranganthittu a favorite abode for birds. Ranganthittu attained the status of a bird sanctuary in 1940, courtesy of the visions of India 's noted ornithologist-Dr. Salim Ali-who, during his survey of the birds of Mysore , advocated for the establishment of such a sanctuary. The sanctuary is now a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird watchers.
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8Bannerghatta National Park
You can find everything from avifauna to panthers in the Bannerghatta National Park . The 25,000 acre park is home to panthers, lions, tigers and a large variety of birds. Indulge your sense of adventure with a lion and tiger safari. Wander through the Zoological Garden, with its canopy of shady and sturdy trees, find a quiet resting spot beside a pond and watch waterfowl frolic. The zoo boasts an amazing reptile collection; a snake park lets you get up close and personal with the scaly, slithery creatures. A children's corner provides an added attraction. Trekking enthusiasts will enjoy Uddigebande (3.5 kms.) a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu (3 kms.) and Mirza Hill (1.5 kms.)
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Kudremukh, or Horse Face Range, gets its name from the unique shape of its peak. The broad hills, 95km south-west of Chikmagalur town, overlook the Arabian Sea and are chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. As yet undiscovered by tourists, Kudremukh is a trekker’s paradise. Let the wonderland of lush green forests interspersed with rivers, grassy slopes, captivating cascades, rare orchids, caves, ruins, and traces of old civilizations amaze you as you trek your way through it. The Lakya Dam located near the Kudremukh project area is an interesting spot in the Kudremukh range. Ganga Moola is another scenic spot in the Bhagawathi Forest; you can reach it by trekking.
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More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.