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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (79 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 10-May-2024

Surrounded by beautiful hills like Bababudangiri, Hebbegiri, Mullayanagiri and Gangegiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is where you can say hello (without getting close, of course) to majestic tigers. Its name is derived from the serene Bhadra River, whose tributaries meander through the sanctuary. Boasting rich biodiversity, this sanctuary is home to green, wet deciduous and moist deciduous forests, apart from grasslands. Thorny bamboo, indigo berry, teak, fig tree, rosewood, Ceylon oak and various medicinal plants make the flora interesting here. Wildlife enthusiasts should keep their eyes peeled for spotted deer, elephants, gaurs, wild boars, jackals, pangolins, and black leopards. Colourful birds, flighty butterflies and slithery snakes have made this place their home too.

  • Best time to visit: October to February
  • Ideal duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Hire a taxi after you fly to Mangalore Airport.
    • By Train: After reaching Kadur Railway Station, hire a taxi.
    • By Road: You can reach Chikmagalur by taking a bus from Bangalore or Mangalore, and then take a taxi to reach this sanctuary.
  • Best for: It is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur for wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Tip: Carry a mosquito repellent.
  • Nearby Attractions: Hebbe Falls, Jhari Waterfalls, Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Nirvanaswamy Temple, Kalhatti Falls
  • Nearby Restaurants: The Estate Cafe, Siri Coffee, Mirra, Tavisa Bar and Kitchen, Raw Cafe, Gracce Coffee
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.4 rating and 24,000 reviews

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