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Bhadra Tiger Reserve


Bhadra Tiger Reserve is placed in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. And  spread across two districts Shivamogga and Chikmagalur districts. It is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. 


History : 

In 1951 , this area was established as ‘Jagara Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’ . But after extending the surrounding area it was declared as  Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in 1974. In 1998, this wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve Project. This  reserve was country’s first tiger reserve which complete a successful village relocation program. 


Total  1072.00 Sq kms area comes under Bhadra Tiger Reserve, which is mainly divided into two areas i.e Core/Critical/Tiger habitat area cover 500.16 Sq kms and Buffer/Peripheral area which is  571.84 Sq kms. This area has 130 25’ N to 130 50’ N and 750 15’ E to 750 50’ E Latitudes and Longitudes respectively. 


Bhadra Tiger Reserve is spread over about 500 square km, and spread across two districts Shivamogga and Chikmagalur districts.  Bhadra Tiger reserve is rich in flora and fauna. This Reserve has a collection of over 120 species of flora and over 40 species of fauna.


The tiger density is well distributed in the reserve, with a population of tigers  ranging between 20-25.  Over 33 tigers are found in this reserve.


This sanctuary includes many mammals like elephant, Indian Leopard,, jungle cat, jackal,  gaur, sloth bear, wild boar, black leopard , barking deer, mouse deer, wild dog, sambar, spotted deer, etc.  and also have many species of floral plants and trees.


Reasons to visit 

The Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers, elephants, sloth bear,  wild boar, black leopard, jungle cat, jackal, gaur,  and others. You can explore the wildlife here very closely. For that the reserve organizes the safari.

  • Jeep Safari:  Jeep Safari is organized by Forest department inside Bhadra Tiger Reserve. There is a high Possibility spotting tiger and leopard  as over 30 tigers and 20 leopards are in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. 
  • Bhadra Dam: This dam offers beautiful views when water is being released through its gates.
  • Sunset Viewpoint : In Dampa Tiger Reserve , there is sunset point from where you can enjoy sunset.
  • There is high Possibility of spotting a wide variety of birds, reptiles, and wild animals.


How To Reach : 

Chikkamagaluru district, 23 km  south of Bhadravathi city 38 km , 20 km from Tarikere town, northwest of Chikkamagaluru and 283 km from Bengaluru city in Karnataka state, India

By Road : The dampa tiger reserve  is Kadur  ( 51 Kms ) and it will take                                                                             

approximately 1 hr 14 mins. And  from Bangalore to Bhadra Wildlife which is about 282 Kms and takes 5 hr 26 min.

By Train : The nearest railway station is Kadur Junction ( 51 Kms ). 

By Air : Mangalore Domestic Airport is the nearest  airport located 185 Kms away


Accomodation : 

There are many options available to stay in Bhadravathi and Shivamogga cities(32 Kms). The state-run Jungle Lodges & Resorts runs the River Tern Lodge located nearby. 

Best Time to visit

The best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to May.  Especially May is the best time to spot the majority of wildlife since the animals come to drink water by the Bhadra river.

Entry Fee and Timings

Safari Timings are 6:30 am to 8:30 am in the morning and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evening. 

In Jeep Safari, Maximum 6 people excluding driver and guide. And the cost for jeep safari is INR 400 per person for adults and INR 200 for children below 10 years. For Foreigners the cost is INR 1200 per person.

The cost  for Bus Safari is INR 300 per person. In the bus safari maximum 25 people are accommodated at a time



Tarikere, Lakkavalli, Chikmagalur,

 Karnataka, 577115, India

Contact : 

08262 220202
08262 234904

Website : https://chikmagalurtourism.org.in/bhadra-wildlife-sanctuary-muthodi-wildlife-sanctuary-chikmagalur

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