Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka is located across an area of 492 sq. km between Shimoga and Chikmagalur towns and is based around the huge Bhadra Reservoir. This wildlife sanctuary is tucked away amidst the lofty peaks of the Western Ghats, The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a well-known Project Tiger reserve. The wildlife sanctuary is named after the Bhadra River which meanders through the lush forests.
The area was declared the Jagara Valley Game Reserve in 1951 by the Government of Mysore. In 1974, after a census of the animal species in the adjoining areas, the sanctuary was reconstituted as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a substantial tiger population and as such the sanctuary was declared the 25th Project Tiger reserve of India in 1998. Trekking is allowed within the park, but you must have the permission and a guide.
Flora at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary : The lush green vegetation of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary consists of mostly moist and dry deciduous forests. More than 120 tree species grow here, which includes Teak, Rosewood, Mathi, Honne, Nandi, Tadasalu and Kindal.
Fauna at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary : Besides being the perfect haven for tigers, the Bhadra sanctuary plays host to exotic animal species. Exotic butterflies such as yam flies, baronets, crimson roses, southern bird wings, tailed jays, great orange tips, bamboo tree browns, and blue pansies are found in the Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary. Flying snakes, rock pythons, bronze backed tree snakes, common garden lizards, monitor lizards, atlas moths, wild dogs and the Indian pond turtles are also found in plenty in the sanctuary. Wild Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Panther, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Mongoose, Porcupine, Jackal and The Common Langur are some of the 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.
Climate : The climate in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary remains pleasant throughout the year. Climate here is tropical and the summers are a bit hot.
Best Time to See Wildlife: Best time to visit the place is October to May.
Best time to Visit: October to May
How to Reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary?
By Air: The nearest airports are Mangalore – 180 kms and Bangalore – 265 kms.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kadur - 40 kms.
By Road: The nearest town is Chikmagalur - 30 kms. Bangalore is 265 kms.