Bonal Bird Sanctuary
$1 per person
Bonal is Karnataka’s second largest bird sanctuary (Ranganathittu near Mysuru is the largest) located near Shorapur city in Yadagiri district, North Karnataka.
Bonal lake was developed during the British era as a recreational facility with funding from Hyderabad Nizams. Bonal lake gets mentioned in a few autobiographies written by British officials.
Reasons to visit Bonal Bird Sanctuary:
- Hundreds of different species of migratory birds visit the lake
- Major bird species seen: Darter, Purple Moorhen, Cattle Egret, Pond Heron, While necked stork, Ibis, and so on
- 700 acres of water body with rocky hills and vast agricultural land around
- The State Government has proposed to develop parks and gardens around Bonal Bird Sanctuary.
Sleeping Buddha Hill:
45 kms from Bonal Bird Sanctuary and 40 kms from Yadagiri city is the sleeping Buddha hill. Sleeping Buddha hill is a combination of 4 small hills which together resemble the position of a sleeping Buddha, when viewed from a distance. When in Yadagiri, do not miss visiting the Sleeping Buddha Hill.
Yadagiri Fort (65 kms), Sleeping Buddha (45 kms), Basavasagara dam (73 kms) are some of the destinations to visit along with Bonal Bird Sanctuary.
How to reach Bonal:
Bonal is 512 kms from Bengaluru. Kalaburagi airport is the closest airport (130 kms away). Raichur (100 kms) is the nearest major railway station. Public transport is available till Shorapur town, from where taxis can be hired to reach Bonal.
Stay: Hotels are available in Shorapur city (11 kms from Bonal)