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At a distance of 23 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bannerghatta National Park is the most famous wildlife park in Bangalore. Established in 1971, the park is spread over an area of 100 sq. km. This is the largest elephant reserve in the country with over 2500 Asiatic elephants. One of the main attractions of this park is lion and tiger safari. The other attractions of this park include its crocodile, snake farm and the butterfly park. Elephant safari is also offered in the park. The park also houses variety of birds. This park also houses a small museum which showcases zoological exhibits and also has a reptile park and a small theatre.Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
At a distance of 80 Kms from Mysore, 70 Kms from Ooty & 215 Kms from Bangalore, Bandipur National Park is one of the well preserved National Parks in India. It is located in Chamarajanagar district on the border of Karnataka - Tamil Nadu between Mysore & Ooty.Spread across 874 Sq.Kms, the altitude of the park varies between 780-1455 meters. It is part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park (12 Kms towards Ooty) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Bandipur forests used to be the private game reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore. This Sanctuary is one of the 15 sanctuaries belonging to the Project Tiger Scheme. Bandipur was declared a National Park under the Wildlife Protection Act in 1974.It is home to around 70 tigers and over 3000 Asian elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole, gaur, sloth bears, and a variety of birdlife. Gopalaswami Betta is the highest peak in the Bandipur range.The entry point & interpretation center of the park is located in Bandipur village on Highway after Melkamanahalli Village. Private vehicles are NOT allowed inside the park. Private Jeep Safaris are arranged by Jungle Lodge (in Melkamanahalli just outside the park) & Tuskar Trails (4 Kms from park in Mangla Village - towards Mysore). Mini Bus Safari (Rs. 75 per head) & Elephant Safari (Rs. 50 per head, 10-11 AM) are also available here.Best Time - Jun to Oct.Park Timings: 6:30 to 9 AM & 3:30 to 5:30 PM
At a distance of 85 Kms from Madikeri and 10 Kms from Irupu Falls, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary on the border of Kerala and Karnataka is one of the famous trekking destinations in Karnataka. At an altitude of 5357 feet, the sanctuary is spread across 181 sq kms in the hills of Western Ghats with breathtaking views of the valleys.It is surrounded by evergreen forests as well as shola grasslands. The 10 Kms trek strats from Irupu falls. Capming is allowed only at Narimala Forest Camp which is on the mid way to Brahmagiri Peak (about 5 Kms from Irupu falls & 1.5 to 2 hours one way). Brahmagiri Peak is about 5 Kms from Narimala Camp (2 hours one way). The first part of the trek from Irupu to Narimala runs through thick forest & some grasslands and relatively moderate. The later part from Narimala to Brahmagiri Peak is mostly through grasslands & steep mountains and is little tough.There are a lot of small streams on the trek path and water is not an issue. The usual trek itinerary involves night stay at Narimala Camp on Day 1 and visit to the Brahmagiri Peak on Day 2 including the return journey to Irupu Falls. Narimala Peak is about 1.5 Kms from Narimala Camp and can be visited on Day 1 after camping. There are different trekking paths to Pakshipatalam (trekked from Tirunelli on Kerala side) and Munikkal Caves.Permission for trekking needs to be taken in advance from Range Forest Officer (RFO) at Srimangala village (10 kms from Irupu). Guide can be hired near Irupu.
At a distance of 70 Kms from Madikeri, 33 Kms from Somvarpet and 7 Kms from forest checkpost at Heggadamane village (near Bidahalli), Pushpagiri Hills / Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Subramanya Hills) lies at an altitude of 5626 feet and it's the second highest peak in Coorg. The Harangi River originates from the top of this hill. Covered by lush green forests, valleys, and hills, the area is perfect for trekking expeditions. Trekkers can also exit through the Kumara Parvatha trek route to Kukke Subramanya.The trekking starts from the forest checkpoint at the base of Pushpagiri Hills (after Heggadamane). The Pushpagiri peak is about 7 Kms from the checkpost and takes about 3-4 hours one way (moderate to difficult level) through thick forest, wet grasslands & some rocky terrain. There is a small temple at the peak dedicated to Kumara Swamy. It is possible to return on the same day if you wish to visit only Pushpagiri peak. But most of the trekkers continue to exit through the Kumara Parvatha (to Kukke) and camp at Girigadde which is 14 Kms from Pushpagiri Checkpost (takes about 7 hours). There is very basic private accommodation available in Girigadde called Bhattara Mane and food is also served (need to carry sleeping bags).Kukke is about 7 Kms from Girigadde and takes about 3-4 hours (moderate level). It keeps raining most of the time on the peak; carry rain coat. This place is full of leaches; carry salt and necessary powders to get rid of leaches.
At a distance of 43 Kms from Madikeri, Tadiyandamol Peak (about 8 Kms trek from Nalknad Palace Estates) near Kakkabe is the tallest peak in Kodagu. Tadiyandamol peak lies at an altitude of 5730 feets and it is the second highest peak in Karnataka after Mullayangiri in the Baba Budan Range.Derived from Malayalam, Tadiyandamol means 'I am the tallest'. The trek from Nalknad Palace is moderate and takes around 2.5 hours one way. There is another trek route from Honey Valley which takes around 3.5 hours (one way) and passes through thick rainforest & more scenic terrain. Trekking the Tadiyandamol Peak usually starts in the morning and can come back by evening.September to May is the best time to trek Tadiyandamol. It is advisable to hire a guide to trek the peak. Several home stay options are available near Nalknad Palace and Kakkabe. No permission is required to trek the Tadiyandamol peak. Camping is allowed on the peak.Reference:http://trekwiki.wetpaint.com/page/Tadiyandamol
At a distance of 50 Kms from Kemmangundi, 10 Kms from Chikmagalur & 100 Kms from Shimoga, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is situated between Bhadra Reservoir and Muthodi village (which are two base stations for the sanctuary). It is surrounded by the hill ranges of Mullayanagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri & Baba Budangiri.Spread across over 490 Sq. Kms, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared as a Sanctuary in 1974. The sanctuary is amidst lush tropical forests of the Western Ghats and has the tributaries of the Bhadra River flow through it. The sanctuary is rich in wildlife with diverse range of flora & fauna. The wildlife here includes bison, elephants, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, wild beer and birds like the peacock, parrot, partridge, pigeon, etc.Nov - Mar is the best time to visit this sanctuary. Accommodation is available at Jungle Greens Home Stay (Muthodi village) & River Tern Jungle Lodge (near Lakkavalli, Bhadra Dam).
At a distance of 90 Kms from Mysore via Chamarajanagar, The Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (K.Gudi which is one of the bases of BRT Sanctuary with accommodation provided by Jungle Lodges) is on a hilly terrain at an altitude of about 5000 feet. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in December 2010.The sanctuary is spread over 525 sq. kms, spread across several valleys, streams and scenic spots. The wildlife sanctuary is inhabited by a number of animals including elephants, sloth bears, bison, deer, porcupines and a number of other wild animals. It is said that the sanctuary has more than 250 species of birds like the Paradise Flycatcher, Racquet Trailed Drongo and the Crested Hawk Eagle, etc.Jungle Lodges and Resorts offer good accommodation. Other activities at the sanctuary are trekking, fishing, professional angling, coracle boat rides, bird watching, river rafting, outdoor camping & safaris. Best time to visit this sanctuary is Nov-Jan.Timings :6 AM to 6 PM
At a distance of 71 Kms from Mysore, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary is located in Mandya District of Karnataka and is about 20 km from Mandya. The name of the village is derived from Kokkare meaning stork and Bellur meaning village of jaggery. The Mandya district is famous for sugarcane fields and this village is famous for having large colonies of Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans nesting in trees within the village. It is home to cranes, painted storks and pelicans. The best season to visit the migratory birds is October to March.
At a distance of 16 Kms from Mysore & 3 Kms from Srirangapatna, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a small sanctuary spread across 67 sq.kms.The sanctuary comprises of six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. It was declared in 1940 as a result of many requests from Dr Salim Ali who surveyed the birds in this area. Since then, the sanctuary has become a paradise for bird watchers. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for many migratory birds from all over the world. It is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, kingfishers, sandpiper etc. A boat ride takes you to the six islets crowded with a number of species of birds. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between June & October.Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.
At a distance of 67 Kms from Sringeri, 90 Kms from Chikmagalur and 26 Kms from Kudremukh Town, Kudremukh is one of the best trekking destinations in Karnataka. At an altitude of 1894m, it is one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats.Permission from RFO at Kudremukh town is necessary to do this trek. The trekking is performed inside the national park and camping is not allowed in specific seasons (check with RFO before planning the trek). Though there are several routes to trek Kudremukh peak, the Samse - Mullodi route is quite famous. Mullodi is 12 Kms from Kudremukh via Samse and can be reached by Jeep from Kudremukh. Though Mullodi is starting point of the trek, some people trek from Samse, which is 4 Kms before Mullodi. The peak is about 14 Kms from Mullodi village and takes about 5 Hrs to trek. Incase the camping is not allowed on the peak, you will need to start early & return to Mullodi by evening (total 8-9 hrs trek) and stay at Mullodi (home stays available).