Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Sharavathi River Valley of Sagar taluk in Shivamogga District. The area of the Sanctuary is around 431.23 Sq. Km. The Sanctuary lies in the Western Ghats, mainly covered with evergreen and semi-evergreen forests in the valleys and grassy patches on hilltops, and is immensely rich in flora and fauna both in variety and diversity. The Sanctuary is immensely rich in species like Dhoopa, Gulmavu, Surahonne, Mavu, Nandi etc. It also harbours wildlife like Bison, Spotted deer, Tiger, Panther etc.
Major attractions to visit inside Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jog Falls
- Linganamakki Reservoir
- Honnemaradu Backwaters
- Sigandur backwaters and Chowdeshwari Temple
- Butterflies of different kinds
- Wild Animals such as tigers, lion-tailed macaque, wild dogs, sloth bears, wild boars, jackals, deers, Malabar giant squirrels, leopards
- Birds such as minivets, herons, woodpeckers, hornbills and many more
- Reptiles such as Python, Rat Snake, Monitor lizard, crocodiles and King Cobra
How to reach Sharavathi Valley:
Jog Falls is a key entry point to enter Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Talaguppa is the nearest train station 20 kms away from Jog Falls and has daily trains from the state capital Bengaluru.
Nearby towns of Sagara (40 km) and Shivamogga (105 km) are well-connected by road and by public transportation. Taxis can be availed from these towns to visit Jog falls. Hubli is the closest airport (180 km away).
Sharavathi Valley can also be entered conveniently from Kollur, Honnavara or Sirsi (50 to 60 km from Jog Falls/Sharavathi Valley).
Places to stay near Sharavathi Valley:
KSTDC runs Hotel Mayura in Jog Falls, inside Sharavathi Valley. Sharavathi Adventure Camp operated by Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. offers cottage style accommodation. Several budget and luxury stay options are available in the town of Sagara and Sirsi towns on the edge of Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Multiple home stays are also available in the region to help you experience an authentic Malenadu (Western Ghats) stay.