THE WONDROUS WILDLIFE OF KARNATAKA

Karnataka’s wildlife has plenty to offer to both natives and tourists. It is home to a wide variety of animals – from elephants, tigers and leopards to bonnet macaques, common palm civets, sambar deers and striped hyenas. The national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and forests of this incredible land constitute about 45% of the Western Ghats.

Read on to find out more about Karnataka’s richly diverse wildlife.

KABINI – The Call of the Wild

Asiatic elephants amongst other animals like sloth bears, sambar, leopards, wild dogs, Black Panther and four-horned antelopes. Named after a tributary of the Cauvery river, Kabini is a popular tourist destination all year around.

BANDIPUR – The Tiger Haven

Brimming with the vitality of flora and fauna, Bandipur is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The wide range of biogeographical units like dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests and shrublands is a result of a shared regional climate. Bandipur is inhabited by tigers, Indian elephants, sloth bears, four-horned antelopes and over 200 species of birds.

BR TIGER RESERVE – Along the Ghats

The bridge between Eastern Ghats and Western Ghats, the Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuaryis home to more than 800 species of plants and 372 species of birds. It was declared a tiger reserve back in 2011. A protected reserve, it shares so many similarities with the Western Ghats in terms of the plant population.

BHADRA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – Where Butterflies Come to Rest

Located in the middle of the Western Ghats, the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary was given the name after the Bhadra river. The woods within are home to exotic butterflies, tigers, bison and more.

DANDELI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – Croc’s the Word

With an area of 886.41 sq km, the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary has nearly 200 species of birds, crocodiles and panthers. The Virnoli Rapids, Supa Dam, and Kavala Caves are some of the attractions ideal for a visit.

DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP – Where Elephants Rule

A training camp for the iconic Mysuru Dasara elephants, the Dubare elephant camp is located in Kodagu. There are trained naturalists in Dubare to help the guests in interacting with elephants.

RANGANATHITTU BIRD SANCTUARY – An Avian Haven

Asia’s most significant nesting and breeding ground for birds, Ranganathittu was declared a sanctuary back in 1940 on the insistence of the iconic ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. A space to go on quiet boat rides to enjoy bird watching, Ranganathittu is a must-see attraction.

DAROJI SLOTH BEAR SANCTUARY – A First in Asia

Dedicated to the conservation of Indian sloth bear, the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Asia and located near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. An uncommon sight, honey-lovers thriving in their natural habitat can be spotted everywhere.

Living in concrete hot boxes, we have become numb to the world around us. But the world always has something to offer. In this case, the wilderness of Karnataka teeming with life is a different kind of heaven.