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WILD KARNATAKA

Dandeli - Anshi National Park

Location : North Kannada district

Area : 340 sq km

Uniqueness : The unique feature of the park is that it is the only place in Asia where Black Panther is found, naturally
Flora : A wide variety of trees such as Teak (Tectona grandis), Silver Oaks (Grevillea robusta), Eucalyptus, Weeds (Lantana, Eupatorium, Parthinium), Bauhinia, Diodspyrus, Xylia xyrocarpa, Diospyrous Acacia and Bambusa are found here.
Fauna : The forest area was known for its manganese in the past, the mining for which resulted in wildlife moving away from the forest. In the recent past, the mining has been stopped and the animals are slowly returning back. So chances of seeing Elephants /bison/panther are very less and limited. Black Panther, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, common langur, sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), wild boars, fox, bonnet macaque, slender loris, mongoose, tiger, jungle cat, jackal, pangolin, elephants, Malabar giant squirrel and the porcupine are now seen in the park. Reptiles include King cobra, python, rat snake, viper and the krait.

Accessibility : Air: Nearest airport to the park is Dharwad 106 kms and Belgaum 150 Kms. Rail: Nearest Railway station is Karwar (60 kms), Londa (100kms) or Dharwad 106 Kms. Road: There are regular buses from Dandeli to Bangalore (523 km), Panaji (150km), Dharwad (106kms), Belgaum (150kms), Karwar(60kms) Pune and Mumbai. From Bangalore it is 580 Kms to Anshi National Park.

Season : November to June

Nagarhole National Park

Location : 96 kms from Mysore

Area : 874.20 sq. km

Uniqueness : The Nagarhole national park lies at a distance of 96 kms from Mysore. This protected territory is the habitat of several endangered species. Nagarhole derives its name from the root word `Naga' from Kannada language, which means `snake' and `Hole' that means `streams'. Thus the term as a whole point towards the numerous streams that leaps through the rich tropical forests of Nagarhole like a snake
Flora : Due to the high rainfall in the region, the National Park consists of numerous open grassy swamps known as the 'hadlus' in the local language, which remain green perennially. The dry as well as the moist deciduous forests cover the whole area mainly consisting of the floral species like teak and eucalyptus.
Fauna : The animals that are commonly seen in the national park are: tiger, leopard, panther, sloth bear, gaur, elephant, sambhar, chital and other mammals like muntjac, the tiny mouse deer, giant squirrel, slender loris, langurs, wild boar, pangolin and macaques. The Park has about 250 bird species like Malabar trogan, the Indian Pitta, green imperial pigeon the Malabar pied hornbill and the great black woodpecker. The jungle cat, leopard cat and rusty spotted cat are also the other wildlife species within the national park.

Accessibility : By Road: Nagarhole National Park is well connected by road with the major towns like Madikeri (93 km), Mysore (96 km) and Bangalore (236 km). The tourists can board a flight or catch a train from these towns and cities. By Air: The nearest airports are Mysore and Bangalore. From these two airports, the tourists can board a flight to their desired destination. The Bangalore airport is well connected with all the major cities in India.

Season : October - March

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Location : Mysore District

Area : 880 sq. km

Uniqueness : Bandipur Tiger Reserve situated in Mysore District of Karnataka State of India was among the first nine Tiger Reserves created in India at the launch of Project Tiger in 1973. It is contiguous to Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu state to south and Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala state to the south-west.To the north-west lies Nagarhole National Park. The highest peak is Gopalaswamy hill.

Flora : Tectona grandis, Dalbergia latifolia, Pterocarpus marsupium, Adina cordifolia, Grewia tiliaefolia, Amblica officianalis, lagerstroemia lanceolata, Terminalia tomentosa, Anogeisus latifolia, Terminalia chebula, Schleichera trijuga, Odina wodiar, Butea monosperma, Cassia fistula, Dendrcalamus strictus, Bambusa arundinacea,Chloroxylon swetenia, Acacia catechu, Shorea talura, Randia uliginosa

Fauna :Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted deer, Sloth bear, Mouse deer, Wild dog, Four horned Antelope

Accessibility : Bandipur National Park is located on the highway connecting Mysore and the hill station of Ootacamund (Ooty). It takes 2 hours to reach Bandipur forest from Mysore and about 3 hours from Ooty. The nearest rail junction is Mysore (65 km) and the nearest international airport is the software Mecca of Bangalore (204 km).

Season : March to July and September to November

Bhadra Tiger Reserve

Location : Shimoga districts

Area : 451.69 sq. km

Uniqueness : Bhadra situated in the midst of Western Ghat in Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts of Karnataka is surrounded by lofty hill ranges of Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri & Babaudangiri. and also the picturesque Bhadra river and its tributaries like Somavahini, Thadabehalla and Odirayanahalla. A dam has been constructed across Bhadra River near Lakkavalli. The reserve consists of two main areas, Muthodi and Lakkavalli.
Flora : Teak, Rosewood, Mathi, Honne, Nandi, Kindal etc.

Fauna: Great Indian Gaur, Barking Deer

Accessibility: By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport. By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Mangalore. By Road: The road distance of the major cities: Bangalore 257 kms, chikmaglur 251 kms, and Hassan 187 kms.

Best Time to Visit: November to January, February to May, May to October