Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Travel guide to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Let me be honest, I had never heard of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary before I visited the place. It was by accident that I had the opportunity to visit this amazing sanctuary. I was visiting Chikkamagaluru region and that is when Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary happened. I am glad that I got to visit this amazing forest and sanctuary.

Do you love visiting forests? Then you should also visit Dandeli in Karnataka.

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About Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in the year 1974, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected tiger reserve situated in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state in India. The name Bhadra is derived based on the Bhadra River that the sanctuary is located on. Muthodi is the southern part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

The best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of October and March as the weather is pleasant.

How to get to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary?


The nearest airport to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is at Mangalore. The Mangalore airport is around 185 kilometres from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. One can hire taxis at Mangalore for certain number of days.


The distance between Karnataka’s capital city Bangalore and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is around 285 kilometres and it takes 5 hours 20 minutes to drive by car.

Public transportation

The nearest train station is at Kadur Junction and Kadur Junction is around 50 kilometres from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The train tickets can be purchased on IRCTC website. After reaching Kadur Junction, the best way to reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is by taking a local taxi or an auto rickshaw (tuk tuk).

Things to do in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Jeep safari

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is estimated to have around 33 tigers with many elephants, jackals, jungle cats, 20 leopards and Malabar giant squirrels. The best way to see these abundant wildlife is by taking a jeep safari organised by the forest department of Karnataka. The safari are run everyday in the morning (6:30 AM to 8:30 AM) and evening (4 PM to 6 PM) and the cost is around INR 400 per adult. For bookings, refer Chikkmagaluru Tourism website.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Giant Squirrel at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest walk

The resorts and the various accommodation places arrange for forest walks. The sanctuary is also home to around 250 bird species and hence the forest walk is the best way to spot these birds and listen to them chirp. It is also the best place for photographers to capture some amazing shots of the birds.

Bhadra Dam

Built in the year 1947, the Bhadra Dam is located on the Bhadra River, a tributary of Tungabhadra River. It was designed by Sri M V Visvesvaraya. The dam can be visited 24 hours but the best time to visit is during the day between 10 AM and 4 PM. One can also take a boat ride on the Bhadra Reservoir.

Stay at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is in between Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru. Both these places are amazing for stay and there are plenty of options for any kinds of travelers with any budget. However, I love staying at government owned property the Jungle Lodges. There is a Jungle lodge property called the River Tern lodge in Lakkavali, at the edge of the Bhadra Reservoir. Even though Jungle lodges are a bit pricey, they provide amazing facilities, food and service. Also, because it is owned by government, the guests are given the first preference for the jungle safaris.

Safety for solo female travelers

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is safe for solo female travelers. But I would suggest staying at a reputed stay and taking the tours and safaris from the place where you are staying. Also, be careful especially at nights as these are forests and there is a lot of wildlife.

Closing Notes

Being an avid wildlife lover, I love visiting forests in India, especially in the Karnataka region. The forests are dense and lush green. Likewise I loved visiting Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and I would love to go back and spend more days in the forest.

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  1. This sounds like my kind of place, I would love to spend a few days staying in a jungle lodge. I can imagine myself sitting outside listening to all the night sounds, what an amazing memory that would be. Although, I can understand your warning about being in the jungle at night.

  2. Sometimes, it’s wonderful to explore places which we never intend to go to in the first place. It makes the accident a memorable one. This is truly a great jungle ecosystem!

  3. I love wildlife sanctuaries, but every time I have visited them, only deers or monkeys are spotted and never tigers! I am sure Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary will be different and I might be lucky to spot a tiger. Bhadra dam and forest walk sound interesting. Lovely images! I will check out this place when I am near Bangalore next. 🙂

  4. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Taking a jeep safari would definitely be on my bucket list. I hope to spot tigers there! I’d also love to take a walk in the forest and immerse myself in the nature. Seeing Bhara dam would be on my list too.

  5. I do love that sanctuaries like Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary have been set up to help protect wild animals like tigers. A jeep safari would be so fun to see the variety of animals they have in their natural environment. I might be a bit leery though about a forest walk. Staying overnight must be amazing!

  6. I love wildlife sanctuaries. They seem a safe place for animals that needs to be cared. At the same time it gives us an opportunity to see animals we might not see in wild otherwise. I have never seen tigers or jaguars in their natural environment so I would love to visit a place like this. I would also love to see the birds mentioned.

  7. I love exploring wildlife sanctuaries. The reason why I traveled to East Africa. I have never been to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary though but have heard about it. Thanks for all the pointers. Quite an insightful post!

  8. As a wildlife-loving photographer, I would love to see Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary because I dream of photographing and seeing a tiger in a natural environment. 33 tigers are in the sanctuary, so it’s a chance to spot one during a safari trip. The place seems to be amazing. It is a pity that I did not hear about this sanctuary while on holiday in Kerala. Next time my goal will be Karnataka.

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