Forest getaways from Bangalore
A weekend trip to get out from the hustle and bustle of city life to enjoy some peace and calm in the lovely forests and sanctuaries surrounding Bangalore sounds awesome.
Although Bangalore is the IT hub of our country and is bustling with everything that's new and modern , It is surrounded by some of India's most prominent wildlife sanctuaries and reserves. I have compiled a list of sanctuaries that are perfect for a weekend trip and I am sure you will find something that will suit your requirements.
(Source: Ben Bromley)
The Bandipur national park is one of India's best known sanctuaries ,it is located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka and is one of the 9 Project Tiger Reserves.The region is warm and comfortable with temperatures ranging from 24 to 28°C, except for the winter that lasts from October to January when the temperature hovers around the 19°C mark. Monsoon is erratic, but it generally rains from June to September.Bandipur is located on the highway connecting Ooty and Mysore ,It is 204Kms from Bangalore which would take approx 6 hours.
The tiger reserve was formed later. Prior to the decision, it was a small 80sq km region hunting ground for the Maharaja. This Bandipur National Park was born in 1931 when it occupied 800 sq. km of the total land of the Bandipur Reserve Forest. Following this, in 1973, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve was formed that has taken a great care of significant, but consistent increase in the number of tigers. In the historic days, the Maharajas (kings) of the nearby Mysore city regarded the Bandipur forests as a private game reserve. Since its inception, as it is situated under the canopy of the Western Ghats, the Bandipur National Park is undoubtedly among the superb habitats for the Asian Elephant and Gaurs.
(Source: Siddhartha Lammata)
There are various resorts in Bandhipur National Park .Here is a list with accompanying websites for you to check them out:2. Madumalai Wildlife Reserve (Recommended)
The Madumalai wildlife Reserve is a continuation of the the Bandipur national park ,the river Moyar that runs along the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu separates the two.The 321sq km reserve is situated in Tamil Nadu. Madumalai wildlife reserve was the first sanctuary in South India,It is 224 Kms, South of Bangalore. This place is full of exotic hills, valleys, ravines, falls and wild animals especially elephants.
The Madumalai Sanctuary is as an important wildlife habitat due to its strategic position as a Wildlife corridor between several other protected areas that are a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. These parks, sanctuaries and the adjoining Reserve forests cover over 3,300 square kilometres (1,300 sq mi) of forest supporting a population of 1800-2300 elephants.
(Source: Gopal Venkatesan)
There are various resorts available:
- Jungle home is attached to the Indian wild life sanctuary of Madumalai and Bandipur national park. So the location is best suited for nature trip and adventurous trips.Jungle Home has quite a few options available like the corporate tours can accommodate 35 people at maximum on sharing basis. They don’t charge for extra bed and don’t mind teams adjusting to accommodate more than there rated capacity.
- Tiger Paw
This reserve gets its name from naga, meaning snake and hole, referring to streams. It was set up in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary and later converted into a national park in year 1988.The park was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore. Some of the activities in and around the park area are coracle ride, elephant training camp visit & elephant ride, boat ride and Jeep safaris. The Nagarhole- Rajiv Gandi park which is also known as Kabini is situated approx 220 kms from Bangalore
West of the Kabini River is the 643-sq-km wildlife sanctuary of Nagarhole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park; Indian/foreigner Rs 50/150, camera Rs 50), pronounced nag-ar-hole-eh. The lush forests here are home to around 60 tigers, as well as leopards, elephants, gaurs, muntjacs (barking deer), wild dogs, bonnet macaques and common langurs; animal sightings are more common here than in Bandipu
Elephant in Nagarhole National Park (Source: Dhruvaraj S)
Following are the place to stay at Nagarhole:
- The Forest Department manages two rest houses, but reservation has to be made well in advance through the Forest Department offices in Mysore or Bangalore to stay here.
Karnataka Forest Dept Head Office Address :Aranya Bhavan 18th Cross Malleswaram Bengaluru /Bangalore : 560003Karnataka ,India .
Karnataka Forest Department Phone Number : (80) 23346846 23341993.
Here is the official website of the forest department of Karnataka4. The Daroji Bear Sanctuary
The Daroji Bear Sanctuary is the first bear sanctuary in Asia.There are more than 150 sloth bears currently dwelling in the sanctuary.The area is full of white rocky out crops, boulders, caves and crevices that are suited as a habitat for sloth bears. The sanctuary is also home to hyenas, wild boars, black-naped hares, pangolins, porcupines, jackals and leopards. You can get there by Road: Bangalore to Chitradurga (199 kms) on NH-4, then to Hospet (135 Kms) on NH-13. And then to Kamalapura (12 Kms)-which is 10 Kms from the Sanctuary.
Hampi near Hospet, in Bellary district is a renowned world heritage centre. The unique Sloth Bear sanctuary is situated very close to this heritage site. Situated only 15 kilometers from Hampi, Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is the only sanctuary in North Karnataka.
Bear (Source: Amy Ross)
- Forest Guest House, Kamalapur and Gunda Forest Guest House, Vyasanakere near Hospet.
- HPC guest house, HPC, Kamalapura.
- PWD guest house Kamalapura.
- KSTDC's Mayur Bhuvaneshwari, Kamalapura.
- "Vaikuntha" TB board guesthouse Hospet.
For more information on the government resorts visit the official website or contact:
Karnataka Forest Department Head Office Address :Aranya Bhavan 18th Cross Malleswaram Bengaluru /Bangalore : 560003Karnataka ,India .
Karnataka Forest Department Phone Number : (80) 23346846 23341993
- Sloth Bear Resort
- Mallige Tourist Home, Bellary road, Hospet-583 201. Ph: +91-8394-228101 to 16. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Priyadarshini Lodge, station road, Hospet. Ph: +91-8394-228838, 228096, 227313, Fax : +91-0894-224709 E-mail: email@example.com
Ranebennur Black Buck Sanctuary is located 301 Kms from Bangalore.It has the largest concentration on Blackbucks in Southern India.
(Source: Koshy Koshy)
The sanctuary is also home to Wolf, Wild Boar, Fox, Jackal, Langur, Porcupine, Mongoose, Hare and Pangolin. In and around Airani Gudda/hill is the sanctuary of Hyenas. The highly endangered the great Indian Bustard bird is found in this region. Other birds spotted here are the Peafowl, Sirkeer Cuckoo, Large Grey Babbler, Baybacked Shrike, Black Drongo, Grey Partridge, Sand Grouse and many others
- A forest guesthouse situated in the buffer zone of the sanctuary called Gnagajala it has 6 rooms and can accommodate up to 12 persons.
- Nature camp facilities with dormitory accommodation are also available.
- Hotels and lodges are available at Ranebennur town too.
For additional information on accommodation and other information contact:
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests – Wildlife
Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross,
Bangalore – 560 003
For Further Information click here
Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve has the largest concentration of black bucks after Ranebennur. It is located in the northeastern tip of the Tumkur district of Karnataka and is about 138 kms from Bangalore via Tumkur.
Living in Bangalore, not many of us are aware of the natural resources present in the vicinity of our city. One such location is the Jayamangali (formerly Maidenahalli) Blackbuck Conservation Reserve is Tumkur District. This reserve is only notified protected area is the part of the Deccan Plateau. Next to this is the small village, Maidenahalli, in Madhugiri Taluk, at the north-eastern corner of Tumkur district of Karnataka state, India.
The Karnataka Forset Department has sanctioned funds in building two rooms in the sanctuary. The rooms are luxurious and are at an affordable price.
Cost of the rooms : Rs. 300/- per room
Booking to be made at : Aranya Bhavan,R.K. Nagar,Kunigal RoadTumkur
Ph :- 0816 - 2201196 / 97
Person to contact : Harish :- 94487 31686
For further information click here
Here are a few sites which i found useful and will surely help you in planning your trip further
(Source: Prateek Rungta)
Well , those are my suggestions. If you need any additional information on routes to take and further things to see and do in these places (or anywhere else) then just write back to us and we'll definitely help you out.
Have a great weekend