Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary


Bhadra Nature Reserve is located near the border of the state of Goa, it covers an area of ​​492 square meters. km The mountainous territory of the conservation zone is divided into two parts - western Lakavalli-Muthodi and eastern Bababundagiri. The area is a forested hills dotted with streams and high waterfalls. Among the many plants here you can see teak and pink trees, known for their expensive wood.

The fauna of this area is famous for exotic butterflies, animals and birds. Partridges, peacocks, parrots, sika deer, wild boars, jackals, porcupines, monkeys, mongooses, panthers live here. Special attention of tourists is enjoyed by elephants and wild bulls of gaura. But the Bengal tigers brought the greatest fame to the Bhadra Nature Reserve. It has all the conditions for the protection and rehabilitation of these large cats. Wounded or sick tigers from all over the country are brought to the reserve, now 33 individuals live here. Mini-hotels work here for tourists, the most favorable time for a visit to the reserve is from November to March.

Photo and description

Bhadra Nature Reserve is located on the slopes of the Western Ghats, in the lush tropical jungle of Karnataka. Initially, when in 1951 this territory was declared a protected area, it was called the Jagar Valley Nature Reserve, after the name of a small village, which was located near this place. But in 1974 the reserve began to be called Bhadra, like the river flowing through its territory, moreover, its area was increased from 77 sq km to 492 sq km. And in 1998, the reserve was also declared a kind of tiger reservation. For this, I had to implement a plan to relocate 26 villages that were located on its territory. The villages were moved to a distance of 50 km from the borders of the reserve.

Bhadra is divided into two parts - western Lakavalli-Muthodi and eastern Bababudangiri, and is surrounded by picturesque hills and steep mountains, such as, for example, the highest mountains of the state - Mullayanagiri and Callahathigiri. There are several large waterfalls in the reserve.

Bhadra is home to many animals and birds that feel great in this conservation area. There you can watch parrots, peacocks, partridges, elephants, roe deer, Indian gaura and, of course, tigers. According to the national program for the protection of these animals, the wounded and weak tigers are brought to the reserve, and currently about 33 of these huge cats live on its territory. Among the trees, deciduous species predominate, about 120 species in total, including teak and rosewood.

The most successful time for visiting the reserve is the period from November to March. On its territory, special mini-hotels were created for tourists who want to see the beauty of Bhadra.


The Bhadra Sanctuary consists of two adjacent sections. The main western section of Lakkavalli-Muthodi lies from 1322 'to 1347' north latitude, 7529 'for 7545' east longitude and the smaller eastern part of Bababudangiri from 1330 '1333' north latitude and 75˚44 'at 7547' east longitude.

Altitudes range from 615 m (2.018 ft) to 1.875 m (6152 ft) above sea level, the highest point being Kallathigiri on the eastern border. The reserve is surrounded by picturesque hills and steep slopes of the Mullayanagiri hills, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Bababudangiri. 1,930 meters (6,330 ft) Mullayanagiri peak in the Baba Budan Giri Range near the southeast edge of the sanctuary is the highest peak between the Himalayas and Nilgiris.

551 ft (168 m) high Hebbe Falls are located in the eastern part of the sanctuary. Manikyadhara Falls is located on neighboring sacred Baba Budan Kettlebell Hill, a tributary of the Bhadra river stream in the west through the sanctuary. The western boundary of the sanctuary rests in the Bhadra reservoir and is part of its catchment area of ​​1.968 km 2 (760 square miles).

Jagara and Sirivase are villages located within the sanctuary. Bhadravathi, Tarikere, Birur are cities near the sanctuary. The major metropolitan cities are well connected with Bhadravthi and birur by bus and rail. There are frequent local buses from Bhadravathi to both Bhadr Zaval and Bhadr WLU. The nearest airport is Mangalore, about 163 km (101 miles) from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Bhadravathi, Karnataka, the neighboring city of Tarikere & Birur.

Temperatures range from 10 to 35 ° C and the average annual rainfall ranges from 1200 mm to 2600 mm.

The area was first declared the “Jagara Valley Wildlife Sanctuary” in 1951 by the then Mysore government, covering an area of ​​77.45 km 2 (29.90 square miles). After a systematic review of the flora and fauna of the district and its environs, the area was expanded to the present degree and renamed the Bhadra Reserve in 1974.

The reserve was declared as the Tiger Reserve by the Tiger project in 1998. Bhadra is the first tiger reserve in the country to complete a successful village relocation program. The original resettlement plan was introduced in 1974 and was fully implemented by 2002, when 26 villages in the sanctuary were successfully transferred to MC Halli, which is about 50 km (31 miles) from the sanctuary.

Bhadra Nature Reserve

Bhadra Nature Reserve

Bhadra Nature Reserve

Bhadra Nature Reserve

If you want to see the beautiful Indian nature, then the Bhadra Nature Reserve will help you with this. Here you can admire not only vegetation uncharacteristic for our latitudes, but also unusual animals. For example, mongooses, elephants, tigers, panthers, flying dogs, Indian gaura and many others.

Historical reference

The reserve was founded in 1951 on the slopes of the Western Ghats, and was called the reserve of the Jagar Valley, behind the name of the village that was nearby. In 1974, it was renamed Bhadra, and in 1998 received the status of a tiger reservation. To preserve the tiger population, the reserve area was significantly increased - from 77 to 492 km 2. To do this, I had to resettle 26 villages at a distance of 50 km. But what can’t you do to preserve wildlife.

The reserve is conditionally divided into two parts, namely Bababudangiri and Lakavalli-Muthodi. It also has the highest mountains of Goa, as well as several picturesque and large waterfalls. This is a great place for many butterflies, plants, animals and birds. Here are about 120 species of trees, mostly deciduous. In Bhadra, several species of bamboo grow, multi-colored shrubs with tropical flowers, crepe, Ceylon oak, Indian laurel, as well as very valuable and expensive teak and rosewood. Regarding birds, these are peacocks, partridges, parrots and others. Among the animals of tourists mainly interested in gauras - wild bulls, roe deer, monkeys, and, of course, Bengal tigers.

Visiting Rules

There are no really specific visiting rules here. It goes without saying that you need to behave culturally, not litter, etc. You can only advise that the best time to visit the reserve is considered to be from November to March.

A very interesting opportunity for tourists may be the fact that it is proposed to rent guest houses on the territory of the reserve and spend several days alone with nature. Safaris in the reserve begin at 6.30 in the morning and until 16.30 in the evening, while driving in your own car is prohibited. The cost of a safari tour is 1250 rupees per person. If you want to add to this a hotel with three meals a day and boating, then be prepared to part with 3250 rupees per day.

Interesting Facts

Although many different animals live in this reserve, it is mainly known for its tigers. In India, a national program is in place to protect them; weak and wounded tigers are brought to Bhadra. Now in the reserve there are already 33 huge tabby cats. Tigers feel great there, they treat them and look after them.

How to get there

Due to the popularity and fame of this reserve, there are no problems getting to it. The nearest airport is in Mangalore, but the easiest way to go is from Bangalore, Chikmagalur or Hassan. Public transport runs from these cities to the reserve, but you can also drive in your own car.