Bhadra Tiger Reserve is another beautiful forest of Southern India in the Western Ghats mountain range. It is formerly known as the Jagara Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. I am sharing the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Timings, Entry Fee, Safari, and tour details.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Timings, Entry Fee, Safari, Tour
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Visiting timings
|Monday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
|Tuesday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
|Wednesday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
|Thursday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
|Friday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
|Saturday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
|Sunday||6:30 am to 9:30 am||3:30 am to 6:30 pm.|
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Fee and Safari price
|Safari Name||Entry Fee||Timings|
|Jeep Safari||400 rupees per head||6:30 am and 4:00 pm|
|Boat Safari||800 rupees to 2000 rupees||6:30 am and 4:00 pm|
|Bus or Canter Safari||300 rupees||6:30 am and 4:00 pm|
Entry is allowed through safaris only, and timing is 2 to 3 hours.
About Bhadra Tiger Reserve
The sanctuary is in Bhadravathi city in the Shimoga and Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, which covers 492 sq km. Mollayanagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangagiri, Bababudangiri hills and Bhadra River flow around the jungle and are nearby.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is mainly a moist and deciduous forest type. The then-Mysore government announced it as a protected area in 1951. in 1974, it was reorganized as Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhadra is among the national parks the government included under Project Tiger in 1998.
The geographical area of Chikkamgaluru Circle is 5,586.13 sq km. The forest area is 2,544 sq km, and the evergreen forest is 348.6 sq km.
The sanctuary is home to species like tigers, elephant panthers, gaur, sambars, spotted deer, rat deer, barking deer, wild boar, sloth bears, wild dogs, foxes, hedgehogs, mongooses, etc.
According to the latest report by the Forest Department, the number of tigers increased from 35 to 40 last year. Even the number of elephants has grown to 160. Other animals include leopards, wild dogs, jackals, elephants, gaur, sloth bears, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, slender loris, Malabar giant squirrels, etc.
This forest has over 120 plant species, including teak, Tadasalu, Honne, Kindal, Nandi, Mathi, and Rosewood.
Birds and Reptiles
About 250 resident and migratory bird species, such as Shama, Ruby-throated Bulbul, Four Species of Hornbill, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Racket-tailed Drongo, and Paradise Flycatcher, are found here.
Reptiles like crocodiles and different types of snakes are also found here. The sanctuary is also home to exotic butterflies, like Baronet, Tailed J, Crimson Rose, the Yam Fly, Blue Pansy, Great Orange Tip, and Bamboo Brown.
A jeep safari tour by the Karnataka forest department takes you deep inside the sanctuary for a firsthand experience of the wild. Bhadra Dam is a beautiful viewpoint. Tourists can go boating in the reservoir here. A trek to the top of Mullayanagiri Peak is also famous among tourists.
The Mhakta Markandya temple in Khandya and the ancient temple Bhavani Shankar Temple are nearby attractions.
Best Time to Visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
October to May is the ideal period to visit and tour this tiger reserve.
How to reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Mangalore Domestic Airport is 185 km away, and Kadur railway station is the nearest rail stop, 51 km away. Buses from the nearby cities reach the national park gates. The distance between Bhadra and Bangalore is 283 km on the road. Chikmagalur to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 79 km via SH 57.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Resorts
Accommodations nearby are limited. Bookings might be easier in hotels like Pakruthi Homestay and Shabari Residency. River Tern Jungle Resort and Govt Guest House are good to stay in.
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