12 Best Bird Sanctuaries in Karnataka - 2020 (with Photos)

The Bird Sanctuaries in Karnataka confirm the diversity of flora and fauna that this state conserves within its borders. Several migratory birds find their comfort in these bird sanctuaries that are managed at their best to provide a happy home for them, and a blissful view to bird-watchers.

From all of them, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is the most famous and has been an unbeatable one as far as its vastness and miscellany is concerned.
Some of these Karnataka Bird Sanctuaries lie by the banks of the river, some amidst dense forests while some on hills, each of which have their own unique calling for the birds.

Above all, there is not one, but two bird sanctuaries in this southern state which offer a natural habitat to the vibrant peacocks where you will be smitten by their melodious sounds. It is best to visit these parks during the migration period so that you can see as many birds as possible.

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, attracting people in Mandya district, is amongst the most visited ones by localities and tourists for a one-day holiday. Not just that, it is also the largest one in the state and lies on the precious banks of the River Kaveri.

Flora and Fauna: You will spot birdies like Open-billed Stork, Darter, Peafowl, Great Stone Plover, River Tern, and Pond Heron, to name a few.

Best time to Visit: The birds in this sanctuary undergo a nesting period from June to November; hence, that is the best time to visit.

Location: Ranganathittu Road, Srirangapatna, Mandya District

Sanctuary Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

Sanctuary Fees: Rs.50/person (Rs.300 for foreign nationals)

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Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

This bird sanctuary in Karnataka is surrounded by the Tunga river and forest that makes this a stunning haven that attracts many species of birds.

The location and the quaint atmosphere makes it a favourite amongst these winged-animals to nest and breed. You can spend your time in bird-watching, trekking and boating when here.

Flora and Fauna:
Darters, Median Egrets and Cormorants are the main species that co-exist in this emerald green bird sanctuary. The breeds include Wooly Neck Stalk, Night Herons, Pied Kingfisher, Open-billed Storks, etc. 

Best Time to Visit:
July to October is the best to visit this sanctuary; although, if you want to spot almost every breed this park houses, then you should plan a trip in August.

Location: 30kms from Shimoga District

Sanctuary Timings:
07.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

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Magadi Bird Sanctuary

Magadi Bird Sanctuary

The Magadi Tank has proved as a comfortable home for the birds of Central Asia who reflect back to this area for bird-lovers to catch a glimpse.

One bird you are sure to spot here is the Bar Headed Goose amongst the other one hundred and thirty-four different species.

Flora and Fauna:
Oriental Ibis, Painted Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Ruddy Shed Duck, White-breasted water Hen, Comb Duck are some of the other birds that have been flying to Magadi Bird Sanctuary since the past ten years now.

Best Time to Visit:
Most of the migratory birds return in the winters; it is best to visit this sanctuary between November to March.

Location:
Sirhatti Talluk, Gadak District

04

Bonal Bird Sanctuary

Bonal Bird Sanctuary

This bird sanctuary is a paradise for aquatic birds that revel by this lakeside home. Run by the government, this is amongst Karnataka bird sanctuaries where you can even stay overnight over a camp stay and wake up to a chirpy morning.

What used to be a land for the British to picnic on is now the second largest bird sanctuary in the state.

Flora and Fauna:
Over 10,000 birds migrate to this lake, some of which are Black Ibis, White Ibis, Bar-headed Goose, Purple Moorhen, Purple Heron, Snake Bird, and Indian Shag.

Location:
Near Bonal Village, Shorapur Taluk, Yadgir District


05

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Located in Shimoga, it is amongst the best bird sanctuaries in Karnataka that is spread across huge acres of land by the Gudavi Lake.

Since it lies by a water body, you can spot many water birds making their way to the lake flying about during the day. An area by the lake that is lined up by tall trees creates an excellent shade to trek your way into the sanctuary.

Flora and Fauna:
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is the abode of about 217 species like Indian Pond Heron, Brahminy Kites, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, White Ibis, Cormorant, etc.

Best time to Visit:
July to November

Location:
17km from Soraba Town, Shimoga

Sanctuary Timings:
06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

06

Bankapura Peacock

Bankapura Peacock

Just as the name suggests, Bankapura Peacock is amongst the very few sanctuaries in the country that looks after India’s national bird, peacock.

A visit to this bird park will be one of the most radiant places you have ever been to with over one thousand peacocks and peahens residing in harmony.

Flora and Fauna:
Besides peacocks, this bird park also welcomes other birds like Spotted Dove, Flamingo, Magpie, Parakeet, Green-Bee Eater, Myna, Tailor Bird, etc

Best time to Visit:
Visit Bankapura Peacock any time of the year, especially during sunrise to watch the birds in morning play. Monsoon season is this bird’s most active time.

Location:
Bankapura Village, Shiggon Taluka

07

Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

Nestled in the Uttar Karnataka region, this bird sanctuary is a pleasant place to visit with over 79 species of birds, with 22 of them from other countries.

The area of this land is enclosed by deciduous forests and the Attiveri Reservoir which makes this place serene.

Flora and Fauna:
You will find birds like Indian Shag, Spoonbill, Common Grey Hornbill, Common Swallow, Pond Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Cormorant, Darter, Brown Shrike, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White Ibis, etc. in this park. If things go in your favour, then you will also be able to spot some animals like Grey Mongoose, Indian Porcupine, Indian Pangolin, Wild Boar, Jackal, etc.

Best Time to Visit:
November to March for the area experiences rainfall from May to August.

Location:
15km from Mangod Village and 43km from Hubli-Dharwad District

Safari Timings:
06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m

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Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary

Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary

Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary is situated close to the Ghataprabha River which allures the birds to spend their tranquil time. You will find the area surrounded by surreal greenery for huge acres of agricultural lands enclose it. About 225 bird species visit this sanctuary during the migration period.

Flora and Fauna:
The frequent visitors of this bird sanctuary are Snakebird, Stork, Little Commorants, King Fisher, Spoonbill, Red Wattled Lapwing, Demoiselle Crane, European White Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, and Lesser Pied.

Best Time to Visit:
Visit this park between October to May and listen to the chirp of the many migratory birds chirp in the daylight.

Location:
65km from Belagavi, Gokak Taluk, Belgaum District

09

Adichunchanagiri Bird Sanctuary

Adichunchanagiri Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary was initiated with the noble idea of the protection and preservation of peacock; it is now amongst those bird sanctuaries in Karnataka that is a dwelling place for over 250 species of birds. Its addition of the Butterfly Park adds to the radiance that this place emits. The sound of the peacocks envelope the aura, thus declaring that the area belongs to them.

Flora and Fauna:
Besides this colourful bird, you might be able to spot Sirkeer Malkoha, Yellow-throated Bulbuls, Indian Robin, and Laughing Doves amongst the other 90 species. Other animals also frequent this vicinity like Leopards, Mongoose, Agama, and other reptiles. If you stay on a lookout, you might even be able to spot some predatory birds.

Best time to Visit:
Drop by anytime between April to October and capture amazing sights of the birds and butterflies, especially the peacocks.

Location:
College Road, Adichunchanagiri, Mandya District

Safari Timings:
06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes a lot of exotic birds in its park which also is a resting place for other animals and local birds. You will be astounded at the sight of the number of birds that fly around within this dense and deciduous forest, making this National Sanctuary a lively place.

The park lies on the bank of River Kali, which is a famous tourist destination for white river rafting.

Flora and Fauna:
Spot birds like Common Lora, Grey Wagtail, Emerald Dove, Small Minivet, House Swift, Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, etc. You will find yourself amidst Bamboo and teak plantations apart from many fruit trees.  Animals like Tigers, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Ratufa Indica and The Indian Pangolin also co-exist in this park.

Best time to Visit:
Enjoy the essence of this wildlife sanctuary between March to October.

Location:
Township, Dandeli

Safari Timings:
06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

Safari Cost:
Rs.40 for Indians and Rs.80 for foreign nationals

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Ramanagara Vulture Sanctuary

Ramanagara Vulture Sanctuary

Also called as Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary, this park is the only one in India that conserves the endangered long-billed vultures. Although even these are fast disappearing, you might be able to spot some of the twenty-five that takes refuge in this vast land. 

The name of this sanctuary is inspired by Lord Rama Temple resting on top of the hills, a portion of which was also used to shoot the epic film, Sholay.

Flora and Fauna:
Egyptian Vulture and Long-billed Vultures are the only birds you will spot here.

Best time to Visit:
November to March seems like the best time to visit these vultures who wouldn’t want to hide from the scorching summer sun.

Location:
Shri Phatthabi Rama Temple, Thibbegowdanadoddi, Ramanagara, Bangalore

Safari Timings:
09.00 a.m. to 04.30 p.m.

Safari Cost:
Rs.20 for adults and Rs.30 for vehicle parking

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Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary

Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary

Visit the Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary in its peak season, and you will find exotic birds perched in every direction you look. This place is nirvana for bird-watchers whose idea day accounts into getting the best clicks of birds.

It is the second largest sanctuary for painted storks which the villagers love to care about.

 

Flora and Fauna: Other bird species you can catch a glimpse of are Grey Herons, Blackbuck, and Grey Pelicans. You will notice many tamarind trees protecting this park, for it is a favourite resting place for the stork. 

Best time to Visit: If you want to catch all the birds at play, then plan a visit to this bird sanctuary between February to August. You will spot some birds in other seasons too, but they wouldn’t be as active as during these months.

Location: Sira Taluk, Tumkur District (130km from Bangalore)

Safari Timings: 08.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
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Agnimitra Banerjee Trekking in Nishani Motte
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23 October 2015
Excellent
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone and before heading out at this place I also saw some thrillophilia reviews to know more about it.
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My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. 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