Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Khanapur taluk, Karnataka-Goa border in Belagavi district, and is spread over an area of around 190 sq km. This sanctuary is known for the Barapede caves, the only known breeding area of the Wroughton’s Free-tailed Bat, a threatened species on the verge of extinction. The sanctuary is also home to other species like the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, and the elusive Malabar Trogon.
Highlights of Bhimgad
- Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over 19000 hectares, In wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, bears, chitals, deers, wild dogs, and other animals.
- Barapede Caves: Natural caves known as a breeding areas for endangered bats.
- Bhimgad Fort: Historical ruins of Bhimgad fort are located inside the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhimgad fort was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and offered defense against the Portuguese military that occupied Goa. Bhimgad Fort has freshwater ponds, canons, and large walls which are reasonably intact
- Belgaum Golf Course: A popular golf course in the region, located on the way to Bhimgad from Belagavi, opposite the Bhimgad Adventure Camp, a property owned by Jungle Lodges and Resorts.
Best Season To Visit
November - February
Known for Barapede Caves, the only known breeding area of the Wroughton's free tailed bat, a threatened species on the verge of extinction. It is also home to other species of flora and fauna.
Places To Stay
The Nearest Hotels to stay are located at Belagavi Town (50 Kms from Bhimgad)
How To Reach
Belgaum Domestic Airport is the closest airport located 57 Kms away.
The nearest railway station is Khanapur Station ( 27 Kms ).
One can drive from Bangalore to Bhimad Sanctuary which is about 522Kms.
Mahadayi River ( 24 Kms ), Vajrapoha Waterfalls ( 30 Kms ), Anshi National Park ( 107 Kms ) are some of the destinations to visit along with Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary.