1. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
This National Treasure derives its name from its lifeline river, Bhadra but is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary after the village which lies on its periphery. More than 250 species of birds are found in this place which makes it a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife photographers. The visitors can spot tigers, bison, striped hyenas and sloth bears here. If you have a keen eye, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare flying lizard.
2. BRT Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sanctuary gains its name from the ancient Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple that is situated at the edge of 1000 feet hill. The sanctuary is home to over 372 species of birds and animals including elephants, tigers, leopards four horned antelopes and more. The place also offers a number of trekking trails across the forest for the visitors to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat.
3. Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole)
Nagarhole means “Snake River” or in simple words a river that makes its serpentine course through the forests of Rajiv Gandhi National Park. the blue mountain tops of The Brahmagiri Hills is a great visual to make your day. Asiatic Elephants is something you won’t miss when you are here as they are in flourishing numbers here. You might also spot a fearless pack of wild dogs hunting a prey or a leopard sitting around the trees.
4. Bandipur National Park
Located 90 kilometres south of Mysore, Bandipur National Park covers an area of 800 sq km and has mist covered peaks of the Nilgiris in the backdrop. It once used to be the private hunting grounds of the Mysore Maharajas. Now it is home to a staggering variety of wildlife making it one of the best game centuries in India. Wild elephants romping around is a common site during visit. You might also see the Bengal tiger prowling around.
5. Rangana Thittu Bird Sanctuary
One of the most interesting wildlife sanctuaries to talk about is Rangana Thittu Bird Sanctuary. This Sanctuary is made up of many tiny islets, the Cauvery river making its way around them which provides the perfect conditions for the birds. The creatures of the sky such as painted storks, herons, egrets, kingfishers, the white ibis, river tern and many more have made this place a home. At times, in winters around 40,000 birds collect here trailing from as far as Siberia, Europe and the Himalayas. You can take a boat ride to observe these birds in their habitat.
6. Bannerghata National Park
Located just outside the Bangalore city, the Bannerghatta National Park covers an area of 25,000 acres. The park is home to big cats such as panthers, lions, tigers and to a large variety of birds. The place also has a zoo, a zoological garden and a children’s corner which gives added attractions. Also the park has also a mini aviary, a butterfly park and a museum. There is a lot to see and learn in this singer area.
7. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Known for its diverse variety of plant and animal life, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to animals such as tiger elephants, sloth bears, deers and many others. Unlike wildlife sanctuaries, this place also offers an exhilarating trip down the Virnoli Rapids with a raft which can be a really memorable experience. This is on the the most popular wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka.
8. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Explore the forests of Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary to observe the habitat of these creatures. The sanctuary is specially made for the protection of the Indian Sloth Bear. Endemic species of birds such as spur, fowl, sand grouse, yellow-throated bulbul and stone curlew can be spotted here too. It is a haven for animals like wild boars, pangolins, porcupines and jackals.
9. Duhare Reserve Forest
Duhare Reserve forest gives a unique insight into the lives of Mysore Dasara elephants at India’s best ecotourism destinations. Learn about the history, lifestyle, and habits of these mighty elephants from a naturalist while bathing them in a pond. This is one of the unique opportunities you gets in wildlife sanctuaries.
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