Top 10 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka

India is blessed with a great diversity of exotic flora and fauna. Like other states of the country, Karnataka has some amazing and world-famous wildlife sanctuaries that house a colorful variety of animals and vegetation. Some of these offer exciting adventurous activities like Jeep Safaris, Trekking and camping as well as attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Check out our Top 10 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka and find what each of these hold special for you. Bring yourself closer to nature and relish great adventures on your holidays by packing your bags for one of these incredible destinations.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park is one of the top national parks in Karnataka

Forming a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the Nagarhole National Park (also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park) is one of the best and largest wildlife sanctuaries in South India. One of the most amazing aspects this sanctuary is that the hunter-gatherer tribe, the Jenu Kuruba still live here and if you are fortunate enough, you can have a chance to see them.

There is a wonderful accommodation in the form of Kabini River Lodge, that makes staying here one of your most memorable experiences. Read more.

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is must visit wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka.

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the most famous wildlife parks in Bangalore and in India. The park, a haven for exotic flora and fauna, has been divided by the authorities into a separate section for herbivores and carnivores. Private safaris are very popular, although one needs a prior permission from the people in charge.

Another popular highlight of the area is the butterfly conservatory which is one of the first such facility in India. Dotted with over 20 such different varieties of butterflies, the building is circular in form and is a great attraction especially for children.

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Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park

Explore exotic flora and fauna in Bandipur National Park in Karnataka.

Bandipur National Park is popularly known to be one of the best places to sight tigers in South India. The Sanctuary is one of the 15 sanctuaries that belong to the Project Tiger Scheme. Under the Wildlife Protection Act, Bandipur was declared a National Park in 1974.

The national park has a sizable number of elephants, butterflies and tigers which makes visiting this exotic place fruitful for nature enthusiasts. Spread in vast area of 880 square kilometers, Bandipur is a year round destination and a great place to sight exotic views and locations. Read more.

Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka

The park is one of the most popular reserves for lion tailed macaques and a significantly popular tourist spot in Karnataka. Identified by steep cliffs, deep valleys and chain of fabulous mountains, Kudremukh National Park house a wide array of exotic birds and animals and an amazingly diverse species of vegetation.

The park has derived its name from a hill top, which appears to be in the shape of a horse head. Marked by resplendent views all around, the best time to visit this fabulous location is from October to May, when it is most pleasant to view the park in its myriad colors. Read more

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka

Presenting a wonderful opportunity for travelers to enjoy great adventure excursions, the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is an incredible shelter of exotic flora and fauna. There is hardly anything which the visitors cannot enjoy-there are jeep safaris, nature walks, trekking, coracle boat rides, fishing as well as bird watching to keep them thoroughly mesmerized with the phenomenal natural wealth of the region.

The best time to visit Dandeli National Park is said to be between March and October. Monsoons brings verdant flourish and presents a whole new impression of the Park. It is nevertheless a great place to have memorable fun for family and friends. Read more

Anshi National Park

Anshi National Park

Anshi National Park in Karnataka

Being the only park in Asia where the exotic species of Black Panther is found naturally, the Anshi National Park attracts thousands of visitors to its threshold every year. Home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, the park houses nearly 197 different species of birds and is a haven for nature enthusiasts.

Spanning a vast area of nearly 340 square kilometers, a visitor would absolutely enjoy wonderful sights of elephants, Indian Bison, Malabar Giant Squirrel, sloth bears, tigers and many other species. Located in the exquisite cradle of Western Ghats, the park offer some serious opportunity for trekking and exploring. Ulvi Channabaseveshwara Temple is another attraction, situated just outside the park.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Amongst the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, Kabini attracts large number of visitors for its different varieties of animals.

An erstwhile private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore and later of the British, the Kabini is home to nearly 250 different varieties of flora and fauna. Kabini is often slated to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, having one of the largest flock of Asiatic elephants. Located on the banks of the Kabini River, the best time to visit this amazing place is between October and May, which is roughly the winter and spring season in the country.

Kabini is nearly 80 kilometers from Mysore and about 205 kilometers from Bangalore. It is pretty famous for its diverse topography and rich vegetation which look exquisitely beautiful. Read more

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Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka

One of the largest bird sanctuaries in the wonderful state of Karnataka, Ranganthittu is a great place for avifauna enthusiasts to indulge in their passion. Located at a distance of 16 kilometers from Mysore and 3 kilometers from the historic town of Srirangapatna, the Bird Sanctuary is made up of six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River.

A wonderful boat ride drive you thorough these islets where you come across the sanctuary’s incredible flora and fauna. Although spread in comparatively lesser space of 67 square kilometers, the sanctuary is a significant breeding ground for migratory birds which can be spotted here along with the resident species. The best time to visit this place is between June and October. Read more

Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka

Offering a wonderful destination as a weekend gateway, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is host of exotic evergreen and semi-green forests and a wide range of exquisite wildlife. The Park derives its name from the famous Brahmagiri peak (1607 m), which is located in its vicinity.

Spread in a vast area of 181 kilometers, the Sanctuary house a large number species such as Elephant, Guar, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Pig, Spotted deer, Nilgiri Langur, Giant Flying, King Cobra, Slender Loris, Common Otter, Civets, and Bonnet Macaque etc. Treat your eyes to some amazing views and enjoy a great vacation here.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal place for bird watching and exotic animals.

Called as a haven for anglers, The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in South India for bird watching. Located on the banks of the Kaveri River, the Sanctuary boast of nearly 200 different species of birds. The sanctuary is also home to dry deciduous and riverine forests. In addition to this there are a number of other exquisite variety of animals such as spotted dear, jackals, elephants, Sāmbhar, grizzled giant squirrel as well as elephants and leopards.

Owing to cool and pleasant weather, the best time to visit Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is between September and February. Besides, one can also enjoy other exciting activities like trekking and camping in the midst of the great verdant views of the park. Read more

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Born in New Delhi, India, Mayank grew up admiring, perceiving and then embracing the vastly complex, colorful and paradoxical nature of the Indian Society, which further led him to accommodate and appreciate the tremendous diversity of world. This admiration brought him to travel writing to share his thoughts and personal experiences with readers and travel enthusiasts at large to make them enjoy the wonderful beauty of the world as he sees it. Mayank also reviews books and can be reached through his website at

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