The silent rustling of the leaves interrupted by the cries of spotted deer, or the rhythmic roar of a tiger accompanied by loud calls of the Malabar Parakeet intrigue you, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is your paradisiacal location! Deemed to be one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the country, it is an important member of Project Tiger, an initiative to conserve the current population of Indian tigers. The sanctuary stretches across an area of approximately 892 sq. km.
Besides serving as a habitat for a diverse range of exotic flora and fauna, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is also a haven for nature lovers due to its surrounding verdure, hills and vast expanses of green grasslands and dense forests. If you are looking for a guide to a one day Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary safari, we have you covered!
Reaching Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is fairly close to Chikmagalur and closer still if you choose to stay at The Serai. The distance to be traversed is close to 40 km and it takes about an hour and 10 minutes to reach the sanctuary. The safari is conducted by The River Tern Lodge, which is about 85 km from Chikmagalur. The drive is pleasant and smooth, thanks to the well-maintained roads unperturbed by potholes. Travellers are also accompanied by mesmerising sceneries comprising panoramas of the Western Ghats and wide green meadows throughout the drive.
Timings and Bookings
The safari at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is coordinated by The River Tern Lodge. The timings are curated to synchronise with the movements of animals to enable better sightings. There are two trips conducted on a daily basis. One starts in the early morning at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m. The second trip starts at 4:00 p.m. and lasts till about 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be bought once you reach the sanctuary. The tickets for the jeep safari are priced at 400 INR per Indian adult and at 1200 INR per foreign national.
Watch Out For…
The safari takes you deep into the forests of the sanctuary, with the hope of spotting some of the most anticipated flora and fauna. Keep a watch for the great Indian tiger who might be on their daily hunt or the leopard, lazily lounging on a branch after a hearty meal. Other species of fauna to look out for include elephants, gaurs, sambar, Malabar giant squirrels, black leopards and bison. The sanctuary is also home to more than 120 varied species of plants and trees. Make sure you do not miss out on spotting some unique species of flora growing in this region including timbers like kindal, hone, nandi and tadalsu along with bamboo and other medicinal plants.
Where to Stay?
The Serai, Chikmagalur is nestled atop a hillock in the Western Ghats and is surrounded by an enthralling vista of coffee plantations and dense woods. It is an ideal getaway to spend a leisurely time with loved ones. It is located 80 km from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary safari point. The luxurious resort offers classy accommodations enveloped in modern facilities and a serene ambience to perfectly complement your stay!