Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in Chikmagalur

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Guide

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, India. It is approximately 275 km from Bangalore and covers an area of 492.46 km². The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 615m to 1875m above sea level and its approximate latitude and longitude is 13.5667° N, 75.3333° E.

Things to do

  • Jeep Safari: Take a guided jeep safari through the sanctuary and spot some of the native wildlife.
  • Trekking: The sanctuary has many trekking trails ranging from easy to difficult. Trek to the top of Kallahathigiri for a breathtaking view of the sanctuary.
  • Boating: Take a boat ride on the Bhadra Reservoir and enjoy the serene beauty of the surroundings.
  • Bird Watching: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a bird watcher's paradise with over 250 species of birds.
  • Camping: Spend a night camping under the stars and enjoy the sounds of the jungle.


Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of animals including tigers, leopards, elephants, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, porcupines, and many others. It is also home to over 250 species of birds including the Malabar Trogon, Rufous-bellied Eagle, and the Great Hornbill.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to May when the weather is pleasant and dry. The monsoon season from June to September can make the sanctuary inaccessible and dangerous due to landslides and flooding.


There are several accommodation options available near Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary ranging from luxury resorts to budget hotels and homestays. Some popular options include River Tern Lodge, Kuteera Homestay, and The Serai Chikmagalur.

How to Reach

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately 275 km from Bangalore. The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport, which is approximately 170 km away. The nearest railway station is in Kadur, which is approximately 40 km away. From Kadur, you can take a taxi or bus to reach the sanctuary.