8 Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries of Karnataka


Karnataka is a wildlife lovers paradise. With as many as 20 wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and protected areas it has wide variety of wildlife spices that thrive here. Each year Karnataka attracts a huge number of wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. Here is a list of 10 best wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka that you must visit at least once if you are a true nature and wildlife lover.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve And National Park 

Located 217 km from Bangalore and 80 km from Mysore this national park is the best place to spot tigers and elephants  in Karnataka.  

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Spread over an area of 880 sq kms this national park is a must visit for the bird watchers too woth more than 300 species of birds.

Nagarhole National Park

It is located in the Mysore District and is at about 218 kms from Bangalore. Spread over an area of  645 sq,km the park has a very dense forest cover with many  streams,valleys, hiils and waterfalls.  

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It is a very popular national park of Karnataka that is home to tigers, elephants, gaur, leopards, wild boar, bear, sloth bear and many other species of animals. These forests are very rich with trees of commercial value like Silver Oak, Sandalwood and Teak.

Best Time to Visit: November to May

Bannerghatta National Park

Located at just 22 kms from the main city of Bangalore this is one of most visited national parks of Karnataka. 

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Spread over an area of 25,000 acre this park has a mini zoo, an aquarium, a huge butterfly park, a museum , a snake park and a children’s park. Its home to many species of animals like tiger, lions, elephants, bear, beer and variety of birds and butterflies. Go for the amazing Grand safari here to spot tigers, leopards, lions and elephants.

Best Time to Visit: All throughout the year except for rainy days

BRT Wildlife Sanctuary

Biligiri Rangana Hills, commonly known as B R Hills is a picturesque hill range in south-eastern Karnataka, bordering with Tamil Nadu. The forests around the famed Biligiriranga Swamy Temple here is known as the Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread over  539.58 sq this sanctuary is  known for its many species normal and medicinal plants.

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It is also home to elephants, bisons, sambars, bear, tigers,  panthers and many species of birds and butterflies.  One can enjoy  trekking, amateur fishing, professional angling, coracle boat rides, bird watching, river rafting and outdoor camping here.

Best Time to visit:  October and May.

Dubare Elephant Camp

Situated in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, by the bank of river Cauvery this is an elephant camp run by the Forest Department of Karnataka. A great place for wildlife enthusiasts and  travelers this is one place where you can get close to the giant elephants with ease.

Wildlife safaris are also conducted in the jungle nearby where you can spot tigers, sloth bears. bison and many more species of animals and birds. It is a ideal destination for holiday with many jungle resorts and lodges. One can also enjoy trekking, rafting, fishing here.

Best Time to Visit:  September to May

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

It is one of the  largest sanctuaries of India. Located near river Kali in Uttara Knnada district  tranquil and serene Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 834.16 sq. km.

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It is home to leopards, tigers, black panthers, elephants, gaur, crocodiles and many more animals and birds. Other tan open jeep wildlife safaris Dandeli is also famed for white water river rafting, kayaking and canoying.

Best Time to Visit: March to October

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Situated just 16 kms from Mysore this sanctuary includes of six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River.

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An amazing place to spot birds of various species this turns into a breeding ground of all types of migratory birds in the cooler seasons.

Best Time to Visit: June to November

Kudremukh National Park

This is one of the most picturesque wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. Located near Chikmagalur ,in the Western Ghats, the park is spread over an area of over 600 sq km The Kudremukh National Park falls under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I.

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It is a home to tigers, leopards, Malabar giant squirrels,sloth bears, gaurs, deer,  jackals, giant flying squirrels and many more specis of planst and animals. One can also visit the waterfalls, the ancient cave with the six feet tall statue of Lord Varaha  temple of goddess Bhagavathi while here.

Best Time to Visit:  October to May 

Make a plan to visit any of these wildlife sanctuaries if you are looking for a unique and adventurous holiday with your friends or family. Plan now . pack your bags and have thrilling holiday.