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Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary

Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary


Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary is situated north of Bandipur National Park in Mysore District, Karnataka. It covers about 30 sq km and the northern part of the sanctuary is occupied by the Nugu Reservoir.

Wildlife population includes elephant, leopard, jungle cat, wild pig, spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, mouse deer, jackal, hare, common mongoose, common otter, small Indian civet, common palm civet and porcupine.

Nugu reservoir ocuupies the northern part of the Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary. It is built across the Nugu River, a tributary of the Cauvery. The catchment area is 984 sq km. The Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary lies to the north of Bandipur National Park. Nugu Reservoir is in Beerwal of H D Kote taluk. The dam site is only 16 km from Sargur Town on the Mysore- Mananthavady road.

The sanctuary lies between the longitudes 11o52'49.3"E to 11o56'51.76"E and latitudes 76o25'49.62"N to 76o28'37.24"N. Elevation ranges from 719-790 m with an annual rainfall of 856 mm. The reservoir of Nugu dam, two seasonal lakes and three tanks form the water resources for this sanctuary.

Most of the vegetation in the forests is dry, deciduous interspersed with patches of plantations. Common species of trees found in this sanctuary are Anogeissus latifolia, Tectonia grandis and Terminalia tomentosa. Other species of trees that are dominant in this forest canopy include medicinal and commercially important tree species like Emblica officinalis, Santalum album, Albizia spp. and Dendrocalamus strictus (Pascal et al. 1982).

Many of the large and medium sized mammals found in the other protected areas of the Western Ghats are resident here too. These include jungle cats (Felix chaus), leopard (Panthera pardus) and deer species like spotted deer or chital (Axis axis), sambar (Cervus unicolor), barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak) and mouse deer (Moschiola meminna). Other small mammals like the grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsi), small Indian civet (Viverricula indica), common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and jackals (Canis aureus) are quite common in this sanctuary (Lal et al. 1994).

Some of the birds seen in this sanctuary include, grey headed fishing eagles (Icthyophaga icthyaetus), grey junglefowl (Gallus sonneratii), hoopoe (Upupa epops), Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), Indian robins (Saxicoloides fulicata), common teals (Anas crecca), lesser yellownape woodpeckers (Picus chlorophus) and black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus). All four species of egrets i.e. cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), great egret (Casmerodius albus), little egret (Egretta garzetta) and intermediate egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) can be easily spotted here (Lal et al. 1994).

Among the reptiles, marsh crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris) can be spotted in the rivers (Lal et al. 1994). Fires are a major threat to this sanctuary. Since the sanctuary is not open for tourists, it is not yet affected by the threat of commercial tourism. A serious threat to the forests of this protected area comes from the farmers and livestock in the neighboring villages, who venture inside the forest, whenever there are poor rains and water scarcity. The Nugu dam within the sanctuary then serves as a watering station for both, the villagers and the cattle (Lal et al. 1994).

Location info:

Address:Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary is situated north of Bandipur National Park in Mysore District, Karnataka.
District:Mysore district
Nearest City: Nanjangud
Best time to visit: October to April is ideal to visit the sanctuary.





Interesting things to do:

This place is beautiful for picnic lovers and great for bird photographers.

Interesting things to Visit:

After reaching the dam, take left turn to proceed near the back water catchment area. This place is beautiful for picnic lovers and great for bird photographers.Additional places of interest for tourist which can be visited in this area include, Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary, kabini reservoirs, Hulugana Maradi, Goddess Sri Chikkamma Devi temple and Gopalaswamy Betta near Gundlupet.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Nearest railway station is Nanjangud.
Nearest Airport:Mysore
Road Transport: By road, from Mysore to HD Kote, about 50 km away, and on to Nugu (16 km) via Sargur.
Tourists travelling from Bangalore, have to reach Mysore and proceed towards Nanjangud which is at South side. Nanjangud is only 22Kms from Mysore, trains available upto Nanjangud. From Nanjangud, continue journey towards Hura, Hullahalli which are at West side to Nanjangud.

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No food is available at this place. There are no accomodation available either to stay. One can plan to stay at resorts available near Kabini reservoir by booking those in advance.

Things to carry:

Carry water and food/snacks along with you.

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Nanjangud
Nearest Hospital:Nanjangud
Society/Community Phone NumberKazmierczak, K. 2000. A field guide to the birds of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistn, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. OM Book Service, New Delhi, India. 352 pp.

Lal, R., Kothari, A., Pande, P and Singh, S (eds). 1994. Nugu Wildlife Sanctuary. In: Directory of national parks and sanctuaries in Karnataka: Management status and profiles .Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, India. pp 127-130. /td>

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