While visiting Chikmagalur, there are some prominent wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that you should not miss. These are:
1. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary:
38 km away from Chikmagalur, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the North West region of Chikmagalur town, in an area of around 492 km². Hebbe Giri, Gange Giri, Mullayanagiri and Baba Budan Giri Hills surrounds the sanctuary. The tributaries of the Bhadra river flow through it. This Wildlife Sanctuary gets its name from the Bhadra river. It has a diverse range of flora and fauna. You will find wild boar, wild dogs, porcupine and many more animals here. Water based adventures, trekking, bird watching, island camping as some of the popular activities that you can do here.
The best season to visit the sanctuary is between October and March.
2. Kudremukh National Park:
Situated 95 km away from Chikmagalur, Kudremukh means “horse face”. The park is located at an altitude of around 1800 m above the sea level on the Western Ghats and is famous for its natural beauty. It is the largest declared a wildlife protected area with around 600 km of evergreen forest.
Throughout the year, Kudremukh National Park has a cool and pleasant climate. There are tea and coffee plantations here. The devotees of Goddess Bhagavati will find an ancient holy cave in the National Park. A statue of the goddess has been constructed Inside this cave for the devotees to worship. Many of them offer their prayers to the goddess there.
Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati are the three Rivers that originate from the Kudremukh National Park. It has a wide variety of wild animals like leopards, Bears, deer, etc.
The bird lovers can find more than 195 varieties of birds here. This has made this sanctuary a favorite destination for bird watchers.
One of the major attractions of Kudremukh National Park is the Kadambi waterfall. For trekkers, the National Park is a paradise. They can choose one of the many tracks winding through the hills for trekking.
You would find the forests at their best between October to May. The best time to see the wildlife is between December and February.
3. Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary:
Another name for the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated in the Western Ghats, it covers an area of around 492 km. It has a rank of 25 in the Project Tiger and is 275 km away from Bangalore. The highest point of the sanctuary is in Kallahathigiri.
When you visit this Sanctuary, you will be amazed to see that there are over 120 species of trees here. This Sanctuary is rich in a variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. You can also find more than 250 species of birds here. The main wildlife attractions are the tigers and the elephants. Being a part of the project Tiger, you can find a large number of tigers roaming around when you go for a safari ride here.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October to March.
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