Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 38 km. northwest of Chikmagalur town in Karnataka state. The sanctuary is surrounded by Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Babaudangiri hills and has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. The western border of the sanctuary abuts the back waters of the Bhadra Reservoir which has a catchment area of 1,968 km², surrounded by scenic hills and steep slopes.
The sanctuary takes its name from the eponymous river, its lifeline. Popularly known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, after the village on its periphery, it is a great place to sight the ferocious tiger, observe the Indian bison, hear the strange calls of the striped hyena and see the rare flying lizard glide amidst the huge trees. The southern part of the sanctuary is rich in birds, butterflies and reptiles. More than 250 species of bird life, many of which are endemic to the Western Ghats , are spotted here.
Flora: Teak, rosewood, mathi, honne, nandi, tadasalu and kindal, medicinal plants, bamboo. .
Fauna: Tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, elephant, gaur, sloth bear, sambar, and spotted dear, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boar, common langur, bonnet macaque, slender loris and the malabar giant squirrel.
Some of the reptiles commonly sighted in this park are common vine snake, king cobra, common cobra, Russell’s viper, bamboo pit viper, rat snake, olive keelback , common wolf snake , common Indian monitor, draco or gliding lizards and marsh crocodiles.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
They include the tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, elephant, gaur, sloth bear, sambar, and spotted dear, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boar, common langur, bonnet macaque, slender loris and the Malabar giant squirrel.
More than 250 birds have been identified. The ruby-throated bulbul, shama, malabar whistling thrush, four species of hornbill, racquet-tailed drongo and the paradise flycatcher are some of them.
The marsh crocodile, flying lizard, monitor lizard and different kinds of snakes are some of the reptiles found here.
Best Time to Visit: The best Time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to the mid of June. The weather during this time is very pleasant and charming.
How to Get there:
Air: The nearest airports are Mangalore – 180km and Bangalore – 265km.
Rail: The railhead closest to Bhadra is Kadur, 40km.
Road: The nearest town is Chikmagalur, 30km away. Bangalore is 265km away.
General Info / Tips:
The climate in Ambapani Sanctuary is wet due to the proximity of the Bay of Bengal. It receives quite a bit of rainfall during the monsoons, which ranges form mid-June to September.