Top 6 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka for a Thrilling Experience

Isn’t the feeling of spotting a wild animal in its natural habitat simply mind-blowing? The adrenaline rush through your body when you take a safari ride amidst dense forests cannot be expressed in words. If you are a wildlife enthusiast or are a nature lover searching for an unforgettable experience, Karnataka is the place for you. The exotic wildlife, mesmerizing surroundings, and lush forests make Karnataka a paradise for wildlife lovers. Book Karnataka Tour Packages and explore Karnataka like never before.

Bring yourself closer to rich biodiversity and nature as you unfold new adventures on your vacation by discovering Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka! And to assist you in planning a perfect weekend getaway amid the wilderness, we have compiled a list of the top 6 wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. Sounds intriguing, isn’t it?

6 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka

1. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

When you are in Karnataka, taking a trip through its wildlife, you must visit the wildlife and natural beauty at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. After all, it is one of the second-largest sanctuaries in Karnataka.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary’s 866 square kilometers include diverse landscapes, scenic valleys, deciduous forests, hills, and rivers. What wildlife can you spot here? An exceptional array of animals, including sloth bear, spotted Chevrotain and mouse deer, tiger, panther, civet cat, gaur, bison, and giant flying squirrel. Book Karnataka Tour Packages, take a safari ride amid the region, and quench your thirst for wildlife exploration in the best way possible.

Safari Timings: Morning Trip (6 AM to 9 AM), Evening Trip (3 PM to 6 PM)
Safari Price: INR 2500 to INR 3000
Entry Fee: Indians (INR 40), Foreigners (INR 80)

2. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

There’s no way we can miss the famed Cauvery Wildlife. Home to species like tigers, common langurs, spotted deer, wild boars, leopards, and four-horned antelope, this wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka often makes its way into everyone’s itinerary.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

This place will make you very happy if you are a bird lover. The green-billed malkoha and the white-browed bulbul grace the surroundings. But don’t stop at bird watching! Book a safari ride to explore this wild paradise. Snuggled between towering hills, thick forest covers, and the glorious Cauvery river, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary will be etched in your memories for a lifetime.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 150 per person

3. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Believe us, the list of wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka would be incomplete without mentioning the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. You guessed it right, named after the majestic Brahmagiri park, which is the highest peak with a height of (1608 m); the region is known for its exquisite settings. Surrounded by deep valleys, cardamom and coffee plantations (any coffee lovers in the house), evergreen forests, and gushing rivers, you cannot miss a visit to this paradise.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Spread in a vast area of 181 kilometers, the Sanctuary house is home to a large number of species, such as Guar, Leopard, Tiger, Elephant, Nilgiri Langur, King Cobra, and Common Ottar. Treat your eyes to some fantastic views by booking Karnataka Holiday Packages and enjoy a great vacation here.

Safari Timings: Morning Trip (6 AM to 8 AM), Evening Trip (4 PM to 6 PM)
Entry Fees: Adults (INR 50), Children (INR 25)

4. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Spread over an area of 490 sq. km, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a tiger reserve in the Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts of Karnataka. The region was declared a natural reserve, known as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve, in 1951 by the government of Mysore. In 1974, the reserve was named the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared the 25th Project Tiger of India in 1998 due to a substantial tiger population. The highest peak in this sanctuary is Kallahathigiri.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, the park is heaven for wildlife enthusiasts as it is home to diverse flora and fauna. Let’s say this place has a vast number of tigresses! Keep your eyes open for the orangutan, Malabar giant, squirrel, Indian rock python, and king cobra.

If that isn’t enough for you, then treat yourself to thrilling adventure activities. Jeep safari, water sports at river Bhadra, rock climbing, and trekking are just some of the fun things to do here. Visit this place once, and you will agree that Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is among the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka.

Safari Timings: Morning Trip (6:30 AM to 8:30 AM), Evening Trip (4 PM to 6 PM)
Safari Price:
Jeep Safari is INR 400 per person for adults and INR 200 for children (below ten years of age).
INR 1200 per person for Foreign nationals.
The ticket price for a Bus or Canter Safari is INR 300 per person.

5. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is the first Sloth Bear Sanctuary in India and Asia, declared exclusively for the protection and conservation of the Sloth Bear. Daroji Bear Sanctuary is spread over 82.7 square km. Sightings from machans are usually organized in the evenings as these bears are primarily nocturnal.

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Home to a large number of free-ranging bears, the sanctuary also has wild boars, porcupines, hyenas, pangolins, leopards, and jackals. Some denizens that can be found here include star tortoises (yes, tortoises with star marks on their shells), rock agama, and monitor lizards. It is home to over 27 butterfly species and 90 species of birds. Don’t believe us? Go and count for yourself by booking Karnataka Holiday Packages.

Timings: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Safari Price: INR 500 for four-wheelers and INR 1,500 for mini-bus and trucks.
Entry Fees: INR 50 per Indian adult, INR 25 per child, and INR 300 for foreigners.

6. Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Sharavathi River Valley of Sagar Taluk in the Shivamogga district. The area of the sanctuary is around 431.23 Sq. Km. The sanctuary lies in the Western Ghats, mainly covered with evergreen and semi-evergreen forests in the valleys and grassy patches on hilltops. It is immensely and diversely rich in flora and fauna.

Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is home to species like Surahonne, Dhoopa, Gulmavu, Nandi, Mavu, etc. It also harbors wildlife like Spotted deer, Bison, Panther, Tiger, etc.

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Are you excited to spend time in the wilderness and spot exotic animals? Plan a wildlife tour to Karnataka with Yashvi Tours and Travels & explore the famous wildlife sanctuaries in the state. Take your friends, family, or beloved along and enjoy unforgettable adventures by booking Karnataka Tour Packages from Ahmedabad on your Karnataka wildlife holiday.