National Parks in Karnataka For A Wild Adventurous Holiday

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka

With the Western Ghats located in the state, the national parks of Karnataka are home to some rare and exotic wildlife. The Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary falls within the Nilgiris Bioreserve, serving (Read More)as a prime destination for Project Tiger. Places like Kabini and Chikmagalur showcase a rich unspoilt biodiversity where one can see wildlife roaming around naturally as they should.

Here is the list of 14 National Parks in Karnataka For A Wild Adventurous Holiday

1. Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore

Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore
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Located 22 km away from Bangalore, the Bannerghatta National Park is an asylum for a large variety of flora and fauna. Other attractions here are ten Reserve Forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division, an aquarium, a zoo, a Children's park, a Crocodile Farm, a Snake Park, a Prehistoric Animals' Park and a museum. This national park in Karnataka has lots of offers including a jungle safari, which is a popular activity to pursue.

2. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka - Tiger reserves in the Nilgiris

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka - Tiger reserves in the Nilgiris
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Known For : Gopalaswamy Hills Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Bandipur National Park in Karnataka was once the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore. It is located in the Nilgiris and is the first Biosphere Reserve in India. It is replete with a wide range of endangered wildlife like elephants, hornbills, deers, pythons, sloth bears, pythons, panthers, etc. Bandipur National Park is neighbour with the Nagarhole and the Wayanad Wildlife sanctuaries and is a few minutes from the Mudumalai National Park.

Best Time: October to May

2 Bandipur Attractions

3. Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Located in the Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park boasts rich wildlife including both flora and fauna.  A myriad variety of animals such as Elephant, Jackal, Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Mongoose, Civet cat, Hyena, and Sloth Bear, and almost 250 varieties of birds call this place their home.

4. Kudremukh National Park, Kudremukh

Kudremukh National Park, Kudremukh
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Located in the midst of mountains, Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty. It is one of the most well preserved national parks in the state. The wildlife protected area is the second-largest belonging to a tropical wet evergreen forest in the zone of the Western Ghats. Kudremukh is famous for bird watching, hiking and trekking.

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5. Anshi National Park, Dandeli

Anshi National Park, Dandeli

Anshi National Park is a part of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and covers about 500 square kilometres of the natural reserve. It is a famous Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and is now called the Kali Tiger Reserve. With high biodiversity that is most specific to the Western Ghats of India, this national park in Karnataka is a favourite amongst nature and animal lovers.

6. Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka
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Known For : Jungle Safari, Kabini Boating in Kabini

Located around 245 km from Bangalore, Kabini is primarily known for its handful of luxury resorts around the Kabini River and Nagarhole National Park in the vicinity. It is a popular weekend getaway from Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. Kabini is a wildlife destination that is the largest place for Asiatic Elephants in the world. It is also home to the world's most famous living black panther "Saya".

Best Time: Throughout the year

5 Kabini Attractions

7. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli
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Completely a paradise for wildlife lovers, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka is located in the Uttara Kannada district. It has been recognised as the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna including tigers, woodpecker, hornbill, kingfisher, leopards, elephants, etc.

8. Dubare Elephant Camp, Karnataka - A land of elephants

Dubare Elephant Camp, Karnataka - A land of elephants
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Known For : Dubare Elephant Camp Nisargadhama Adventure Activities

A sparkling past nestled in its forests and wildlife and an equally vibrant present interacting with the elephants and a number of adventure activities, Dubare is an experience you don't get to witness every day. Dubare is an untamed beauty, popular for its elephant training camp where visitors can watch, learn about and get involved in a number of activities. It is a part of the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka.

Best Time: September to May

6 Dubare Attractions

9. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatna

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatna
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The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna is a haven for a wide array of bird species. It is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka and comprises six small islands on the banks of the river Kaveri. It offers many activities to its tourists; the most popular ones include bird watching, boating, and some good old nature photography.

10. Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Hampi

Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Hampi
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Established in 1994, this wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka was converted from a thorny forest to a lush green area which is now inhabited by Sloth Bears. Approximately 120 sloth bears accompanied by various other wildlife species like jackals, leopards and wild boars are found here.

11. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Coorg

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Coorg
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Pushpagiri is one of the 21 wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and home to many rare and endangered species of birds. The Kumara Parvat peak lies here. This National Park is also a proposed World Heritage site.

12. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole
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Too bored of all the places around? Plan a refreshing trip to the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka along with the Nagarhole National Park to its North-West. The sanctuary covers an area of 181 square km. The sanctuary has got its name from the Brahmagiri Park which is the highest peak with a height of 1608 m. The primary vegetation of the sanctuary includes evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, shoal forest patches in grasslands and bamboos. It is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka to enjoy the natural beauty and take a relaxing walk away from all the hustle.

13. Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve

Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve
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Devoted to Lord Ranganatha, this temple is situated atop the highest peak of the BR Hills. It is also a wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka known diverse flora and fauna since 1972. It was named as a tiger reserve in Karnataka as per the declaration in 2011.

14. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikmagalur

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikmagalur
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Covering a vast area of over 490 sq.kms, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the districts of Shimoga and Chikmagalur, 38 km west of the Chikmagalur town in Karnataka. Surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats on all sides, the view of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary looks like a scene right out of a movie!

Karnataka is known for its diverse wildlife and for housing the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Western Ghats. There are an abundant number of national parks in Karnataka due to this reason making it a wildlife enthusiasts ultimate fantasy.

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FAQs on National Parks in Karnataka For A Wild Adventurous Holiday

Which are the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka?

Although Karnataka has 21 beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, some of the best ones are Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and the Dubare Elephant Camp

How many national parks are there in Karnataka?

Karnataka has 5 national parks and 21 wildlife sanctuaries.

Which is the Biggest National park in Karnataka?

Bandipur National Park is the biggest national park in Karnataka with an area of 874 square kilometres. This is also the oldest national park in Karnataka as it was established in 1974.

How many tigers are there in Bandipur National Park?

There are 382 tigers in Bandipur National Park.

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