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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

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Timings : 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hrs

Entry Fee : INR 400

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikmagalur Overview

Covering a vast area of over 490 sq.kms, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located only 38 km west of the Chikmanglur 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! The serrated mountains loom in the distance as the mountain peaks pierce the sky. The heaven touching apex of the mountains acts like a crown to the massive Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

The tanning brown forest leaves the onlooker in awe of the majesty of the massive trees, the diversity of the flora and the intricacies of the landscape. The sparkling Bhadra River passes through this sanctuary; hence giving it its name, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The river is a major source of water in the sanctuary.

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Jungle Safari at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

The jungle safari's timings have been coordinated with the animals' movements
Timings: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Daily
Cost:
Jeep - INR 400 per person (6 people excluding driver and guide)
Bus or Canter - INR 300 (25 people)

Things To Do at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Activities like Water-based adventures, trekking, island camping, bird watching and rock climbing are the added recreational things along with the wildlife viewing on jeeps. The reserve also provides an opportunity for a 3.5-km long nature trail at Muthod. Talbidrekere is the place nearby where you can locate a watering hole where one can see plenty of wildlife. Melgiri and Kesarhalla too offer excellent sightings. Tigers can also be seen in Doddahadlu and Chandanahadlu.

Best Time To Visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Since all the animals have to come to drink water at the river, there are higher chances of spotting these creatures. Hence, even though the sanctuary is heaven on earth throughout the year, summer time-particularly March through May, is the best time to spot the diverse wildlife that takes shelter in this sanctuary.

Flora and Fauna at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

The diversity of the flora in Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary is spell bounding. The forest is mainly a dry deciduous mixed forest. With over 120 species of trees, this forest practically has a ceiling of green. Teak, Rosewood, Dry Bamboo, etc. are just a few of the many tree species that are home to the distinctively unique wildlife in the sanctuary.

Sheltered by the mighty trees is every kind of life, from the dung beetle to enchanting birds of every colour! Exotic animals like tigers, leopards, porcupines, sloth bears, panthers, wild boars, etc. have taken to this sanctuary.

Tips For Visiting Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

1. Carry a cap and a pair of binoculars for the safari. Wear a pair of casual clothes that allow easy movement and are comfortable to wear on a bumpy safari route.
2. Do not forget to apply a generous amount of sunscreen as well as an insect repellant to protect yourself from tanning or contracting any diseases.
3. Don't forget to carry a camera, but also remind yourself to live in the moment when a shy animal graces you with its presence. These are not moments you get to relive often.

How To Reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Chikmanglur itself does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station is Kadur which is approximately 51 km away from the sanctuary and is only an hour long drive. The closest airport is Mangalore Airport located at a distance of 185 km. Taxis and buses ply from popular spots in the town to the sanctuary all through the day.

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Muhammed Salih 1 year ago
Around 40 km from Chikmagalur, this sanctuary has one of the most treacherous roads I?ve ever been on. There was a very little amount of tarred roads, the roads were mostly laden with rocks. If you?re into offroad adventures, a ride through this sanctuary will satisfy your craving and with it show you some exotic animals and birds. Make sure you have enough fuel and air in the tires. The entry is free but you have to write your names and contact information at the entry point for safety.

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