Home South India Wildlife - Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary ( Karnataka )


ScrualSharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located in Shimoga District in Karnataka. River Sharavathi takes a spectacular leap at a height of 292 m in four distinct falls - Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer - to form the highest waterfalls in India. The best time to visit these falls is soon after the monsoons during July-August. The backwaters of the Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary offer excellent opportunities for water sports.

Flora at Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary has mainly evergreen, semi-green and some moist deciduous forests. Trees in the evergreen forest include species such as Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum, Machilus macrantha, Caryota urens and Aporosa lindleyana. In the semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests, common species include Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Hopea parviflora, Dalbergia latifolia, Dillenia pentagyna, Careya arborea, Emblica officinalis, Randia sp., Terminalia sp. and Vitex altissima.

Fauna at Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is a refuge of the endangered Lion-tailed macaque. Other mammals include tiger, leopard (black panther), wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, otter and pangolin. Reptiles include king cobra, python, rat snake, crocodile and monitor lizard. Some of the avian species found in the sanctuary include three species of hornbill, paradise flycatcher, racket-tailed drongo, blue-throated barbet and Indian lories and lorikeets.

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Very Heavy Rainfall: June to September

How to Reach Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary?

By Air: Nearest airport is in Mangalor.

By Rail: Shimoga Railway Station well connected to Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli.

By Road: Well connected road network, leading to all parts of Karnataka
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