Wild Karnataka

Karnataka is home to several wildlife reserves, so the next time you visit Mysore for yoga, find the time to say hello to tigers and leopards, too.

Karnataka’s rich biodiversity inspired the film Wild Karnataka (2019) by film-makers Amoghavarsha J S and Kalyan Varma. The documentary, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, showcases wild habitats and species across Karnataka and tells the stories of tigers, elephants, hornbills, amphibians and reptiles. The next time, you visit Mysore for yoga, take some time out to discover the wild side of Karnataka. Listed below are our recommendations.

1. Nagarahole National Park 

One of Karnataka’s most well-known wildlife getaways, it’s considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Nagarhole is home to a number of animals including tigers and elephants. It is flanked by the Kabini River and is in close proximity to various neighbouring reserves like the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more information, visit Nagarahole National Park 

2. Bandipur Tiger Reserve

It accommodates the single largest Asian Elephant population in the world as well as a thriving population of tigers. It also forms part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is recognised as one of the Mega Biodiversity Areas in the country.

For more information, visit Bandipur Tiger Reserve

3. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

This scenic sanctuary is situated in lush hills with the Bhadra River flowing through its rich flora. More than 120 species grow in the region and it’s home to a substantial tiger population as well.

Find more information, here

4. Daroji Bear Sanctuary

Sloth bears are endemic to India and in addition to these honey-lovers, the sanctuary also gives shelter to jackals, wild boars, mongoose, black-naped hares and leopards. 

Find more information, here

5. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

It’s only 19 km from Mysore and the perfect getaway for a leisurely day of bird watching and boat rides on the Cauvery River. You can spot white ibis, cormorant, open-billed stork, painted stork, white Ibis, river tern, peafowl, pond heron, wild duck, large cormorant, heron, great stone plover, kingfisher, cattle egret, streak-throated swallows and several other species.

Find more information here

September 3, 2020

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