Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve
$1 per person
The sanctuary takes its name from the Bhadra River, its lifeline. Popularly known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, after the village on its periphery, it was declared a Project Tiger reserve. But apart from the tiger, it is a great place to sight and observe other mammals, reptiles and more than 250 species of birds, many of which are endemic to the Western Ghats. The state-run Jungle Lodges & Resorts runs the River Tern Lodge located on a hillock on the edge of the Bhadra reservoir, near Lakkavali. It is a stone’s throw away from the northern boundary of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Muthodi is the southern part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and is located in one of the most picturesque forest patches here. The sanctuary is also home to the Jagara Giant, the largest teak tree in the state which has a girth of 5.1 m with a of the height of 32 m and is said to be around 400 years old. Bhadra Tiger Reserve spans about 500 square km, spread across two districts Shivamogga and Chikmagalur districts.
Reasons to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jeep Safari: Forest department organizes Jeep Safari inside Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Forest Safari in Bhadra has a high probability of tiger and leopard spotting as over 30 tigers and 20 leopards are based in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Bhadra Dam: Bhadra dam offers great views when water is being released through its gates
- Boating inside Bhadra Reservoir
- Sunset View point.
- Mullayanagiri Peak
- Over 120 different plant and tree varieties.
- Possibility of spotting a wide variety of birds, reptiles and wild animals.
How to reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 265 kms from Bengaluru and 32 kms from Shivamogga. Mangaluru is the nearest airport, some 200 kms away. Bhadravati railway station is 25 kms away. Excellent government and private bus service is available till Bhadravathi town and taxis can be hired to reach Bhadra dam or wildlife sanctuary.
Places to stay near Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Jungle Lodges & Resorts operate the River Tern Lodge offering cottages with views of Bhadra Dam/backwaters. More stay options are available in Bhadravathi and Shivamogga cities (25-30 kms)