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Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

One of the few bird sanctuaries in the Malenaadu region in Karnataka which may not be one of the biggest bird sanctuaries but it is a habitat of variety of birds. Mandagadde is surrounded by a dense forest and the flowing river Tunga forms a beautiful island which forms a habitat primarily for three migratory birds; the median egret, the cormorant and the darter. It is a spectacle to click these avian species perched on the leafless trunks of the trees.

August being the high season you will be greeted by a cacophony of sounds of 5000 birds in the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary. Clad in comfortable clothes and good walking shoes you will enjoy the trek. Since not many lodges can be found in the area you can carry your tentage if you plan to stay overnight.

On the sandy bank in the middle of nowhere you will enjoy the company of birds and bask in nature’s glory having the rare opportunity to wake up with the rising sun and the call of the birds.

A watch tower has been erected in the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary to gaze at the birds. It is must to seek local help or be guided by the forest department to explore the sanctuary. En route to Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary you can visit the Dam site at Gajanur and the elephant training camp at Sakrebyle.