Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary
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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, Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, bears, chitals, deers, wild dogs and other animals.
- Barapede Caves: Natural caves known as breeding area 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 Portuguese military that occupied Goa. Bhimgad Fort has fresh water 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.
How to reach
Bhimgad is 522 kms from Bengaluru and 53 kms from district capital Belagavi. Belagavi is the nearest airport and Khanapur is the nearest railway station (27 kms). Taxis can be hired from Belagavi or Khanapur to reach Bhimgad.
Khanapur town (27 kms from Bhimgad) has budget hotels. Bhimgad Adventure Camp in Khanapur is highly recommended. More options are available in Belagavi and Ganesha Gudi (50 to 60 kms away).