Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, is a wildlife preserve located in the Western Ghats spread over an area of 492 sq. kilometers, located about 12 km away from our homestay. For the adventurous, Tigers and Elephants can be seen if you take a Safari tour inside of the forest! If you are looking for a breath of fresh air and fantastic scenery, this is one of the best places in all of India.
- Around 12km from our Chikmaglur stay.
- The wildlife supports more than 120 plant species.
- An estimated 33 tigers are found in this forest. Other mammals in the sanctuary include elephant, gaur, sloth bear, wild boar, black leopard, jungle cat, jackal, wild dog, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, slender loris, small Indian civet, common palm civet, pangolin, porcupine, flying squirrel and the Malabar giant squirrel. Small carnivores found in the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary include leopard cat, rusty-spotted cat, ruddy mongoose, stripe-necked mongoose and otters.
- Some of the reptiles commonly sighted in this park are common vine snake, king cobra, common cobra, Russell's viper, bamboo pit viper, rat snake, olive keelback, common wolf snake, common Indian monitor, Draco or gliding lizards and marsh crocodiles.
- The sanctuary has more than 300 species of birds, some endemic to this region and some migratory. Some of the species are grey junglefowl, red spurfowl, painted bush quail, emerald dove, southern green imperial pigeon, great black woodpecker, Malabar parakeet, hill myna, ruby-throated bulbul, shama, Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, four species of hornbill and racquet-tailed drongo.
- Some of the butterflies in the sanctuary are yamfly, baronet, crimson rose butterfly, southern birdwing, tailed jay, great orange tip, bamboo tree brown, and blue pansy.
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