The diverse land of India is filled with lots of wonders that fascinate travellers from all over the world. Talking about the southern part of the country, the place is filled with all the things that will make your tour memorable. What more fascinate the travellers in South India are the charming natural beauties which are wide spread in the form of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Here today we are going to discuss about the best 5 offbeat national parks in Karnataka which are though less visited but are equally beautiful and mesmerizing with rich variety of flora and fauna. Take some time out and visit these national parks.
- Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
- Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
- Dubare Elephant Camp
- Kabini National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary
1. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
This is a beautiful bird sanctuary which is spread across 67 sq. km of area. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located on the banks of River Cauvery and is serving as a safe house for various species of birds, flora and fauna. The Bird Sanctuary is named after Lord Sri Ranganatha Swamy who is considered as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Flora and Fauna of Bird Sanctuary
Flora – Bamboo, figs, jamun and eucalyptus etc.
Fauna –Birds Species such as Siberia, Australia, North America, Little Egretm Darter are just to name a few
Quick Facts –
1. A guided boat ride tour available with bird watching fee for which is Rs 50 for India and Rs. 300 from foreigner.
2. Best time to visit Ranganathuttu Bird Sanctuary – June and November
3. Ranganathuttu Bird Sanctuary Timings – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
2. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
This is a perfect place for bird watchers. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the bank of Kaveri River. This bird sanctuary is a house of more than 200 species of birds. Wildlife tourism in India by visiting Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary will be the most memorable tourism of your life.
Flora and Fauna Wildlife Sanctuary
Fauna – Sambar, Spotted Deer, jackals, giant squirrel, Leopard and elephant.
Birds – Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Cuckoo, darter
Quick Facts –
1. Activities such as birds spotting, animals, fishing and angling are available in here.
2. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking and camping.
3. Best time to visit Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is between September and February.
Nisargadhama is an ecological park, opened in 1989. The park is one of its kinds. It is located beside river Cauvery and spread in the area of 64 acres compacting the rich wildlife, flourishing flora, fauna and other species. Nisargadhama is located merely at a distance of 2 km from Kushalnagar. This is a perfect place to spend your South India tourism.
Flora and Fauna in Nisargadhama
Flora – Bamboo grooves, teak, sandalwood and many more.
Fauna – Parakeets, Bee Eaters, Woodpeckers, Elephant, Deer Rabbits, Peacocks and many more
Quick Fact –
1. Major attraction in Nisargadhama includes Deer Park, Orchidarium, Elephant Ride, and Boat Ride.
2. Tree top bamboo cottages namely Brahmagiri, Lopamudra, Kannike are the point of fascination in the national park.
3. Best Time to visit Nisargadhama is in between October and April from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
4. Dubare Elephant Camp
Serving as a home to many Asiatic elephants, Dubare Elephant Camp is one of the best places in India where you can interact with Mother Nature more closely. This beautiful camp is located on the shimmering bank of Kaveri River in the Kodagu district in Karnataka. The elephant here are trained and sent to elephant procession during Dusshera in Mysore.
Quick Facts –
1. Adventure activities such as rafting trekking, fishing and etc. are the major attraction of the camp.
2. With the presence of small and elegant cottages one can opt to stay inside the camp premises.
3. Staying in this camp will let you know more about the lifestyle of elephant including bathing, eating and other activities.
4. The list of activities you can do in here include bird watching, jungle safari, jeep safari, boating in Cauvery River.
5. Travellers can enjoy feeding elephants.
6. Birds and animals such as peacocks, kingfishers, partridges and tigers, sloth bears, Indian Bison, crocodiles respectively enhance the beauty of the camp.
5. Kabini National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary
Established as a small wildlife sanctuary has gradually converted into a huge national park, Kabini National Park aka Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect gateway to rejuvenation among the travellers. Formerly served as the hunting ground for the rulers of Mysore, the national park was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1999. UNESCO is considering declaring this place a World Heritage Site.
Flora and Fauna of Karnataka
The national park houses various species of animals such as Indian wild dogs, jackals, sloth bears, spotted deer, barking deer, antelopes and many more.
1. The national park is a house of more than 270 species of birds.
2. The bank of Kabini River is compact with largest congregation of Asiatic elephants.
3. Apart from elephant, national park is also consists of leopard, panther, sambhar, spotted deer and many more.
4. The best time to visit Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is October and May.
5. One can enjoy the jungle safari between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.