Nestled in the lush tropical forests of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur district is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. . In 1951, the Government of Mysore had declared this region the Jagara Valley Game Reserve and in 1974, it was reconstituted as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared the 25th Project Tiger of India in 1998.
The sanctuary gets its name from the Bhadra River, which flows perennially through this region.
The ravines of this sanctuary are home to a large variety of flora and fauna. The southern part of the sanctuary is rich in butterflies and reptiles. Home to the Indian tiger, the sanctuary has the sort of habitat that the animal craves for — large spaces, open jungle, ample shade.
The leopard, sloth bear, giant squirrel, gaur, sambar, elephant and slender loris are the other mammals found here. 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.
The sanctuary is also home to exotic butterflies, which include yam fly, baronet, crimson rose, southern birdwing, tailed jay, great orange tip, bamboo tree brown and blue pansy.
Besides these, one can also spot reptiles such as the flying snake, rock python, bronze backed tree snake, common garden lizard and monitor lizard, atlas moth, wild dog and the Indian pond turtle. More than 120 tree species grow here, which include teak, rosewood, mathi, honne, nandi, tadasalu and kindal.
Area: 492.46 sq. kmForest type: Tropical moist mixed deciduous forest, tropical dry deciduous forest, semi-evergreen forest.
Best Time To Reach:
March to July and September to October. However, the reserve is open throughout the year.
Apart from wildlife viewing on jeeps, other activities include water-based adventures, trekking, island camping, bird watching and rock climbing.
How to reach
There are several approaches to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary — from Mangalore, Mysore and Bangalore. By air, Mangalore (190 km) and Bangalore (285 km) are the two nearby airports. By rail, the nearest well-connected railhead is Hassan (83 km from Bhadra). Takes about 100 minutes to drive down.
Where You Can Stay
Various kinds of dormitory and suite accommodation are available at different locations within the sanctuary, all owned by the Forest Department.
The Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Chikmagalur. Ph: 08262-234904. Fax: 08262-230032 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org