The enchanting state of Karnataka stretches from the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats to the scrubland of the plains. Famous for its safari, Karnataka is a nature lover’s paradise.
Beautiful Reserves and Parks in Karnataka:
This is our top pick from Karnataka State Park locations.
1. Bandipur National Park:
In the early 20th century, this park was the hunting ground of Maharaja Voodiyar. It was combined with Nagarhole National Park, with its huge elephant and bison population, to form what is now Bandipur National Park. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, a large protected forest in India. Currently, it is also the best managed tiger reserve in India.
The flora of the park is drained by the Kabini, Nugu and Moyal rivers,
evergreen forest and
Bandipur National Park, nearly two and a half hours’ drive from Mysore, is home to Asian elephants and is rich in rosewood and teak.
[Read: Beautiful Temples to Visit in Karnataka]
2. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary:
Nestled in the valley, the Cauvery River runs through this beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Located in Mysore, it is covered by rivers and dry deciduous forests and is home to a variety of wildlife species in the natural habitats of these areas.
3. Benagata National Park:
Located on the southern outskirts of Bangalore, Karnataka’s 25,000-acre park is known for its rich flora and fauna. It is one of ten protected areas in the Anekal Mountains and is rich in medicinal trees such as:
4. Dandley Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary is located approximately 485 kilometers from Bangalore in a peaceful and peaceful setting. It is also known as the second largest wildlife preserve in the state due to its mix of damp deciduous and semi-evergreen forests, and is characterized by steep hillsides, deep valleys and rich hilly terrain. This beautiful sanctuary is a haven for city dwellers looking to let their hair down.
[Read: Most Beautiful Places in Karnataka]
5. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary:
The pride of Shimoga district is one of the five best bird sanctuaries in Karnataka. The natural lake is a perfect watering hole for birds, with 191 species recorded over the years. Bird watching is best from May to November.
6. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary:
It is nestled in the tropical forests of the Western Ghats, in the Chikmagalur district, formerly known as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve. Its unique flora is attributed to the Badra River that flows through it. This is the 25th tiger reserve in India.
7. Mandagad Bird Sanctuary:
Also under Shimoga district, towards Thirthahalli, this reserve is a popular spot for migratory birds. A small reserve by the Tonga River, it has a beautiful island where migratory birds such as egrets, darts and cormorants nest and breed. This is a treat for many bird lovers. The cacophony of 5,000 chirping birds in August is sure to lift your spirits.
[Read: Best Waterfalls in Karnataka]
8. Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg:
Dubare Elephant Camp is a unique ecotourism destination in South India. There is comprehensive strength training for elephants. Home to more than 150 elephants, it provides first-class accommodation for visitors to the banks of the Cauvery. Watching the elephants being fed is exciting. The Karnataka State Zoo Authority has many zoos across the state to cater to the concern and awareness of animals.
Apart from this, the city of Bangalore maintains its title of Garden City, the most famous of which is the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, known for its wide variety of roses. Special mention needs to be made of the famous Brindavan Gardens, without which no trip to Karnataka is complete.