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Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary


Holidaying in Karnataka has its advantages. Apart from the ancient and world heritage temples depicting artistic expertise of the dynasties that ruled here, Karnataka offers you a fabulous opportunity to enjoy its majestic natural beauty. The pristine Cauvery flowing through its splendid deep ravines and plummeting into thunderous cascades, magnificent mountain ranges with evergreen forests and spectacular chances to catch a glimpse of the wildlife can send you packing your rucksack for a rendezvous in Karnataka. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is a great getaway for those who seek the solitude and enjoy nature gazing.

Tucked in the mountains with the majestic Cauvery flowing through it, the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Mysore district, covering an area of 526.96 sq km. It has dry deciduous forest as well as some patches of scrub forest. Lurking in the thick growth you can spot tigers and leopards seeking their prey, herds of elephants in search for greener pastures, spotted deer and four horned antelope making their way across the flowing river, wild boars, sambhars , barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, grizzled giant squirrel, common otter and hare enjoying their habitat. The river Cauvery which traverses along the eastern boundary of the sanctuary gives the name to this sanctuary. There are a number of low hills, rocky knobs and out crops all along the length of the Cauvery.

The Cauvery leaves several waterfalls in its path towards the sea in this stretch. These waterfalls form the backdrop for famous Bangalorean weekend getaways - Mekedatu, Hogenakal falls, Sangama and Muthathi. Notable are Sangama where two tributaries of the mighty Cauvery join the main river. Muthathi is a place mentioned in the Ramayana and thus is an important pilgrim place. This sanctuary has the famous cauvery fishing camp and is one of the best places to have a great time on the banks of a river.

An idyllic place to trek, you can climb a hilltop to get a spectacular view of the Cauvery flowing and the picturesque view of the vale below. The best time to visit the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to March. The river that meanders through the valley offers an excellent opportunity to go angling mahseer fish as well as go rafting. Within the thick growth bird watchers can catch the sirkeer cuckoo, green-billed malkoha, white-browed bulbul and the pigmy woodpecker with their binoculars. Marsh crocodiles, python, turtles, Russell's viper, cobra, and the banded krait are also found here.

The river cauvery passing through the sanctuary has otters, crocodiles and many varieties of fish. The famous "Masheer fish" is found here. The jungle contains very valuable trees like rose wood, teak and several hard wood. Evergreen sholas have joined forces with the hills and valleys to give us mortals a manifestation of divine beauty. Also, this is a bird watchers paradise. About 100 species of birds are identified and listed here. If this is not enough, add elephants, spotted deers, sambars, wild dogs, barking deers, jungle fowl, huge monitor lizard, giant squirrels, peacock, and monkeys to get the whole picture. Think of nature being perfect and it is in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

Flora and Fauna: Riverine and dry deciduous forests with some patches of scrub forest
Mammals: They include the tiger, leopard, elephant, wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, four-horned antelope, Malabar giant squirrel, grizzled giant squirrel, common otter and the hare.
Birds: The Sirkeer cuckoo, green-billed malkoha, white-browed bulbul and the pigmy woodpecker are found here. The sanctuary is also famed for the endangered mahseer fish.
Reptiles: The marsh crocodiles, turtles, python, cobra, Russell's viper and the banded krait are found here.

Location info:

Address:districts of Mysore, Bangalore and Mandya, the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Mysore district, covering an area of 526.96 sq km.
District:Mysore district
Nearest City:Mysore
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of November and March.





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The forest authority provides a number of facilities to the wildlife enthusiast. They can trek to the hill top of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary or raft in the rapidly flowing Cauvery river. They are allowed to indulge in game fishing in the Cauvery waters of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Mysore
Nearest Airport:Mysore
Road Transport:Bus service is available form Mysore.

Nearest Visiting places:

All historical places in Mysore. Mysore Palace .

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A unique Retreat on the banks of river Cauvery, amidst virgin Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and in the vicinity of renowned Om Shantidhama, Anandadhama is an abode of tranquility and joy. It provides spiritual and physical well-being, leisure, adventure and eco-tourism. All set in a vegetarian and alcohol-free environment. It also caters to corporate trainings, Family outings and Out Bound Learning programs. Near by attractions include Sangama, Mekedatu, Chunchi falls and Cauvery Fishing Camp. Activities include trekking, unique jungle gym, boating, river crossing, jungle walks, swimming, etc. South Indian and North Indian vegetarian food is served.

Package Tariff per person on AP:
Room Type - Tent
No. Of rooms - 15
Occupancy - Twin sharing
Tariff Per person - Rs.1,750/-

Room Type - Log House
No. Of rooms - 03
Occupancy - Twin sharing
Tariff Per person - Rs.2,000/-

Room Type - Villa
No. Of rooms - 03
Occupancy - Twin sharing
Tariff Per person - Rs.2,250/-

Accommodation as per the booking (two adults in a room basis) Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast Coracle ride, trekking Jungle Gym which includes Tarzan jump, ditch jump, balancing beams, trust fall etc. Visit to nearby Gurukula and Mekedatu (Optional) All applicable resort taxes included.

Children b/w 4 and 12 Yrs 50% of the adult tariff Tariff subject to change without prior notice Check in: 12:00 Noon, Check out: 11:00 AM Govt. Service tax @ 1.03% extra on the tariff

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Police Station:Mysore
Nearest Hospital:Mysore
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Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary Nearest Attraction

Mudukuthore Temples
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Nanjanagudu Temples
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T.Narasipura Temples
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Talakadu Temples
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Mysore Historical
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Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nagarhole National Park
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Mysore Archeology
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Somanathapur Archeology
"There is a stillness and everlastingness about the past, it changes not and has a touch of eternity," wrote Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in his "Discovery of India." These words somehow hold true when one arrives at Somnathpur, a tiny village on the banks of the Kaveri, 140 kms, south-west of Bangalore.....more
Balamuri Falls
On the way to K.R.S. from Mysore, 3 Km away from the main road, there are two beautiful small waterfalls, which is the hot spot for students and nature lovers. You also come across an ancient Ganesh temple in the vicinity.....more
Chunchanakatte Falls
Chunchanakatte Falls is a waterfall on the Kaveri River, near the village of Chunchanakatte in Mysore district, Karnataka, India. Water cascades from a height of about 20 meters.It is in the Western Ghats. Here the river falls in two small cascades before joining again to flow as one.....more
Kabini River
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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is an important tourist destination from Mysore city orthe adjoining Vrindavan gardens, both of which are barely 20 km away.....more
Gundal Reservoir
This place is located in Western Ghats hill range starting from Kerala and ending in Tamilnadu. MM Hills also extends beyond B.R.Hills.In between these two hills there is a dam called Gundal dam constructed between two hills,is a picnic spot. In B.R. Hills and attracts lot of devotees from South India.....more