Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary has been named after Lord “Someshwara” the presiding deity of the famous Someshwara Temple located within the limits of the sanctuary. It is situated in Karkala and Kundhapur Taluk of Udupi. With an area of about 314.25 sq. km., The Wildlife Sanctuary has semi-evergreen and evergreen forests. The Kudremukh National Park lies to the Southeast of this sanctuary. The Agumbe Ghat located inside this sanctuary receives an average rainfall of about 8000 mm and thus called “Cherrapunji of South India”.
Reasons to visit
- Possible animal sightings: Jackal, Wild Boar, Spotted deer, Gaur, Wild Dogs, monkeys, and langurs, etc.
- Possible bird sightings: Macaque, Squirrels, hornbills.
- Reptiles and night animals: This park is rich in various forms of biodiversity
- Waterfalls and River Bathing: Seethanadi has several ideal spots to take a bath. Several waterfalls are accessible by vehicle and trekking in and around Agumbe- Jogi Gundi waterfalls, Onake Abbi Falls, Barkana Falls, Koodlu Theertha Falls, etc.
- Agumbe sunset viewpoint
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary receives one of the highest rainfalls in Karnataka. Exploring the dense rainforests of Someshwara without an expert guide is not advised. No jeep safaris are available in Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd. Seethanadi Nature camp organizes guided trekking, bird watching, and other activities. Few private companies organize guided tours to Agumbe. The local forest department office can provide necessary information/assistance.
Best Season To Visit
October - April
Known for Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests and Fauna like Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Ussuri Dhole, Indian Elephant, Indian Jackal, Asian Palm Civet, Jungle Cat, Indian Boar, Spotter Dear etc.
Places To Stay
The Nearest Hotels to stay are located at Udupi Town (48 Kms from Someshwara)
How To Reach
Mangalore Domestic Airport is the closest airport located 94 Kms away.
The nearest railway station is Udupi Station ( 48 Kms ).
One can drive from Bangalore to Bhimad Sanctuary which is about 367 Kms.
Agumbe Sunset View Point ( 18 Kms ), Barkana Waterfalls ( 19 Kms ), Onake Abbi Falls ( 22 Kms ) are some of the destinations to visit along with Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary.