Karnataka tourism: Best wildlife tours for your kids and family

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A visit to a wildlife sanctuary is an amazing experience, both for adults and children. If you have never been to one and are living in the state of Karnataka, fret not, because Karnataka is home to more than 20 wildlife sanctuaries.

These wildlife sanctuaries play host to some rare species of animals and birds along with plenty of common species. It is the diversity of animals and birds found at the many wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka that wildlife enthusiasts come attracted from all parts of the country and even abroad.

Some of the wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka are also part of the country’s biggest biosphere known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The highlight of nearly all the wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka is the well-organized safaris that offer both an enjoyable and educative experience for both adults and children. So here’s a list of few important wildlife sanctuaries where you can have some of the best wildlife tours with your kids and family.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park – What better way to kickstart your wildlife expedition than by witnessing the most royal animal – the Bengal Tiger. Bandipur Tiger Reserve is one of the best places in South India to witness these majestic beasts in their natural environment. Spread over a lavish area of 880 sq km, Bandipur is also home to a sizable population of Elephants, rare butterflies and varied species of birds.

In addition to that, one can also find various aquatic animals around the Nugu River that flow through the park. The highest point in the park is Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta from where one can get a splendid view of the surrounding areas and also take great pictures of the park. The best time to visit this park is from October to March when the weather is pleasantly cool.

Ranganathittu Sanctuary –Named after the revered Hindu God, Lord Ranganatha Swamy Ranganathittu Sanctuary is a significant bird sanctuary located in the Mandya district of Karnataka. Spread in an area of 40 acres, this bird sanctuary is also referred to as Pakshi Kashi, highlighting its significance in terms of an important bird sanctuary. This particular bird sanctuary attracted a whopping number of 3 lakhs visitors in the year 2016-17, which shows its popularity among bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Some of the many bird species to be found here include pelicans, painted stork, Asian openbill stork, common spoonbill, woolly-necked stork, black-headed ibis, Indian Shag, Spot-billed pelican, the great stone plover, streak throated swallows and many more. The best time to visit this bird sanctuary is during the winter months i.e, from mid- December onwards when even migratory birds can be seen here.

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Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary – Located on the banks of the Kabini River, the splendid Kabini wildlife sanctuary is widely renowned for being home to a vast species of wildlife population like leopard, panther, sambhar, spotted deer, cheetah, panther, elephant, Indian Bison, sloth, antelope, crocodile and more than 250 species of birds.

The best time to visit this wildlife sanctuary is from October to May when the weather is cool and dry. The best way to explore this widespread wildlife sanctuary is via Jungle safari. One can also find quality accommodation in the form of resorts, lodges, and hotels located in the nearby areas. Discovery Village is one of the quality jungle resorts in Kabini that offer a great stay amidst nature. This eco-resort offers an authentic feel of nature stays perfectly combined with all the amenities of the modern world.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary – Located near Kollur in the Udipi district of Karnataka Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the protected wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. This wildlife sanctuary is divided into three zones namely – the core zone, the buffer zone, and the tourist zone.

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Some of the animal species to be found here include – tiger, leopard, jackal, sloth bear, bonnet macaque, common langur, giant flying squirrel, Mouse Deer, Indian Hare, wild boar, Indian Porcupine, lion-tailed macaque and more. Besides animals, the wildlife sanctuary is also home to numerous bird species like Jungle Myna, black drongo, little cormorant, peafowl, magpie robin and more.

The best time to visit the Mookambika wildlife sanctuary is from November to April. Some of the other attractions located near this wildlife sanctuary include – Kollur Mookambika Temple, Anejhari Butterfly Camp, and Mudgal Cave Temple among others.

These are only a few of the several wildlife sanctuaries present in Karnataka. So, when are you planning your next wildlife safari?

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