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Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: karnataka

Main Wildlife Attractions: leopard, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, elephant, wild boar

Coverage Area: 527 sq.kms.

Established: 1987

Best Time to Visit:November to March

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The pristine Cauvery flowing through its splendid deep ravines and plummeting into thunderous cascades, magnificent mountain ranges with evergreen forests and spectacular chances to catch a glimpse of the wildlife can send you packing your rucksack for a rendezvous in Karnataka. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is a great getaway for those who seek the solitude and enjoy nature gazing.

Tucked in the mountains with the majestic Cauvery flowing through it, the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Mysore district, covering an area of 526.96 sq km. It has dry deciduous forest as well as some patches of scrub forest. Lurking in the thick growth you can spot

tigers and leopards seeking their prey, herds of elephants in search for greener pastures, spotted deer and four horned antelope making their way across the flowing river, wild boars, sambhars , barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, grizzled giant squirrel, common otter and hare enjoying their habitat.

An idyllic place to trek, you can climb a hilltop to get a spectacular view of the Cauvery flowing and the picturesque view of the vale below. The best time to visit the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to March. The river that meanders through the valley offers an excellent opportunity to go angling mahseer fish as well as go rafting. Within the thick growth bird watchers can catch the sirkeer cuckoo, green-billed malkoha, white-browed bulbul and the pigmy woodpecker with their binoculars. Marsh crocodiles, python, turtles, Russell’s viper, cobra, and the banded krait are also found here.