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Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary


Located in the Western Ghats, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary in Udupi District of Karnataka. This 88 sq km sanctuary is consists of semi-evergreen and evergreen forests. Wildlife species include tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, gaur, wild pig, sambar deer, spotted deer, barking deer, lion tailed macaque, bonnet macaque and common langur. Reptiles include king cobra, python and monitor lizard. Malabar trogon, Ceylon frogmouth, Malabar pied hornbill and Malabar whistling thrush are some of the bird species found here. Kudremukh National Park borders this sanctuary.

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary has semi-evergreen and evergreen forests. The sanctuary includes of two unconnected parts, the smaller part being situated to the Southwest of the major part. The Kudremukh National Park lies to the Southeast of this sanctuary.

Machilus Macrantha, Lophopetalum wightanium and Artocarpus hirsuta are some of the species of flora found in this sanctuary.

Mammals in the Someshwara Wildlife sanctuary include Tiger, Leopard, Wild Pig, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Dog, Jackal, Gaur, Barking Deer, Lion Tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque and Common Langur.

Reptiles are represented by King Cobra, Python and Monitor lizard.

Someshwara Wildlife sanctuary also houses some interesting birds like Malabar trogon, Ceylon frogmouth, Malabar pied hornbill and Malabar whistling thrush.

The sanctuary is secluded and does not attract many tourists. It is surrounded by paddy fields, areca and coconut plantations. Some people depend on employment provided by the neighboring cashewnut factories and rice mills and there are 13 villages inside the sanctuary. Commercial plantations of Ailanthus malabarica, Tectonia grandis and eucalyptus in the foothills and the plains of this sanctuary have caused clearing of large areas of forest land. Other important threats include poaching, cattle grazing in the absence of Forest Department prohibitions and risk from forest fires caused by both natural and man-made causes (Lal et al. 1994, Shivanand and IBA 2004).

Location info:

Address: Located in the Western Ghats, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary in Udupi District of Karnataka.
District:Udupi district
Nearest City:Agumbe
Best time to visit: Entry is open to visitors between 06:00 and 18:00 hrs. The best time to visit is between November and April.





Interesting things to do:

Bird watching

Interesting things to Visit:

Nearby tourist attractions include the Onakabbi Falls, Agumbe Sunset Point and Jamblu Tirtha.

Mobile range info:


How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Udupi, Shimoga
Nearest Airport:Mangalore
Road Transport: Someshwara Wildlife sanctuary is well connected by road network. One can reach this sanctuary from Shimoga, drive via Thirthahalli and Agumbe to the sanctuary (95 km). From Mangalore, Moodabidri (38 km) via Karkala (15 km) to Hebri (70 km).

Nearest Visiting places:

Udupi is one of the few pilgrim centers that preserves the hoary Vedic culture and Vedantic philosophy of India. Famous Pajaka Kshetra and Parashurama Kshetra are located in Udupi. The reminiscence of the rich past and glory of this magical land are Yakshagana, Talamaddale, Gombeatta, Bhoota worship, Naaga worship, temples and cockfight. Barakuru, Hastashilpa, Karavali, Krishna Mutt, Malpe, and St Mary's Island are the main tourist spots.

Nearest Petrol Pump:



One can find good accommodetion in Udupi district.

Things to carry:

Some amount of snacks and water should be with you.

Tips & Suggestions:


Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Agumbe
Nearest Hospital:Agumbe
Society/Community Phone Number

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary Nearest Attraction

St. Mary's Island
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Kollur Temples
Kollur Mookambika Temple, an important seat of Shakti worship is located in very picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Western Ghats in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district. This sacred place is situated on the banks of river sauparnika and surrounded by thickly wooded hills and has a natural formation resembling the Sri Chakra. Kollur is one of the seven mukti places which were created by Parashurama.....more
Udupi Temples
Udupi, the Kokani city is the headquarters of the Udupi District, Karnataka State, India. When one hears the name "Udupi" either "Udupi Krishna" or "Udupi Masala Dosa" comes to the mind. Of course the famous, Krishna temple is located in this city. The temple is famous for a unique statue of Lord Krishna.....more
Kollur Forest
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Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
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Karkala is a town and also the headquarters of Karkala Taluk in Udupi district of Karnataka, India, and is located about 300 km from Bangalore. It lies near the Western Ghats. The first name of this town was Pandya Nagari during the Jain regime but afterwards it was changed to Karikallu because of black stones.....more
Koosalli Falls
The fabulous picnic spot, Koosalli waterfalls is located near Koosalli village in Kundapura. A series of six falls, one above the other, in splendid surroundings makes it one of the best waterfalls in the state. The combined height of all six falls is about 380 ft....more
Gurupura or Phalguni River
Gurupura river flows through Gurupura, Mangalore, Tannirubhavi. It joins the Arabian sea near Tannir bhavi. is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bounded by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges, Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in southwestern Karnataka.....more
Kedaka River
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Pangala River
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Souparnika River
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Udyavara River
Udyavara is a village on the outskirts of the town of Udupi, Karnataka, India. It is located to south of Udupi, and to the north of the Udyavara river. Udyavara was formerly called Udayapura. It was the capital of the Alupas.....more
Kaup Beach
Kaup Beach is located 12 km south of Udupi. It is situated on the coastal belt. The Kaup beach is one of the most beautiful beaches. Its placement is perfect. The beach with the 100 ft high lighthouse on the rocks is a photographer's paradise.....more
Malpe Beach
About 6 kms from Udupi, in South Canara is Malpe, an ideal picnic spot with its virgin beach. The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea all set a perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday here....more
Trasi Beach

Trasi is a beautiful place on the west coast of India, 100 km from Mangalore, 900 km from Mumbai and 12 km north from Kundapur.Here you can see a unique scene where a National highway separates the Arabian sea from the Sauparnika river.....more

Panna Island
Kudumari Falls
Seeta/ Seetha falls / Koodlu Theertha falls / Sita falls