Karnataka has rich flora and fauna, which
are her priceless possessions. The State owns some of the largest jungle
tracts south of the Vindhyas. Karnataka has a wide variety of vegetation and
animals as one can find majestic evergreen forests of the Western Ghats to
the scrub jungles of the plains. Some of the jungles are reserves preserved
by former rulers and local people.
Amidst such natural setting you can find the exotic wildlife of Karnataka.
Crocodiles , Kingfishers, Peacocks, Deers and many more rare species of
animals. The diverse flora and fauna of the state never fails to surprise
you. So don't wait, come and discover the undiscovered.
Popular wildlife destinations in Karnataka are:
The Bhimeshwari lies between the twin falls of Barachukki and Gaganachukki
and the Mekedatu fall. A perfect picnic spot, where nature is at its best.
It is the natural habitat for the Mahseer fish and is also known
fishing destination. A variety of exciting animals that can be found here
are herds of elephants, Deers, wild Boars, Monkeys, Jackals, Crocodiles,
Otters and even Leopards. And a number of species of birds like Heron, Ibis,
Cormorant and Kingfisher are found here.
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
At Ranganthittu you will enjoy your holiday with some glorious sights. The
sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to a wide
variety of animals like Crocodiles, otters and flocks of birds. Exotic birds
that come all the way from Siberia, Australia, and even North America can be
found here. You may see rare species of birds like the white ibis, egret,
heron, patridge or even the cormorant.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in the Chickmagalur and Shimoga District, is
one of the best sanctuaries in Karnataka. It is home to animals like the
great Indian Gaur, Barking Deer, Flying fox, Mongoose, Elephant, Panther,
Macaque, Babbler, Barbet, Bluejay, Kingfisher, Robin, weaver bird and
Biligiri Rangana Hills
Situated at a height of 5,091 ft., this resort is a must watch for wildlife
lovers. Tall trees and the natural serenity of the hills provide home to
animals like, Gaur, Chital, Sambar, Bears, Elephants, Panthers and Tigers.
The Bandipur National Park is one of the most excellent wild-life centers.
Established in 1931, by the Mysore Maharajhas, this park is snuggled in the
foothills of the Nilgiris. This park was chosen for the Project Tiger and
since then the Tiger population has increased. Apart from the Tiger one can
also find Peafowl, Partridges, Quail, Hornbill, giant Squirrel, Dhole ( wild
dog), elephants, Sambar and Barking Deer. Exotic trees like Teak, Rosewood,
Honne, Mathi, Bamboo and Sandal are found here.
Nagarhole National Park
Located in the Kodagu and Mysore district, Nagarhole National Park is a
fresh, green world rich in forests, little streams, deep valleys and flowing
waterfalls. The park derives its name from the Kannada word ' Naga' meaning
Snake and ' hole' means streams. Trees like Rosewood, teak, sandal, silver
oak are found here and the deep, fresh aroma of these trees mingles with the
sound of wildlife of the park. The park is home to four horned antelope,
panther, warblers, hornbills, spotted deer, moyse deer, pangolin, panther,
gaur, giant flying squirrel and many other such animals.
Close to the Karapur forest lies a pure tract of land calling you to
explore it. Kabini was once used as the hunting lodge of the erstwhile
Mysore Maharajahs. For the adventurous spirits it offers steep valleys with
rich forests, spectacular pools and rapids that provide an ideal opportunity
to revive oneself. Just feel the ferocious beauty of the forest as you take
a walk through the forest. The fresh air and the whistling wind remains
fresh in your memories. Elephants, Leopards, Antelopes even a tigress with
her cubs can be seen here.