Did you know? Karnataka was formerly the Mysore State. A jewel of the south, Karnataka is known for its rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by lush forests, sparkling waterfalls and powerful pilgrimage sites. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, the state has five tiger reserves — Bandipur, Nagarahole, Bhadra, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (BRT) and Dandeli-Anshi. These reserves are home to a variety of flora and fauna, including tigers, elephants, leopards, gaurs, bears, wild dogs and much more. The jungle safari here is one of the most popular adventure activities in Karnataka, attracting wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world.
Embark on a Wild Adventure with Jungle Safaris
A jungle safari is just a non-negotiable experience when in Karnataka.
Want to get up close and personal with wildlife and nature? Why not take a boat ride in some of the tiger reserves? It’s a unique way to explore the rivers and streams running through the parks and spot water birds, crocodiles and other aquatic animals. And if you’re up for some adventure, some reserves also offer trekking, camping, river rafting, kayaking, and zip-lining!
Explore Nature’s Best
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, then Karnataka’s jungle safaris are not to be missed. These safaris are not just about sightseeing but also about experiencing the thrill of adventure. Imagine getting up close with the majestic tigers, playful elephants, and the vibrant birdlife of Karnataka. It’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur, located just 80 kilometers from Mysuru, is one of the top destinations in Karnataka for wildlife enthusiasts. The reserve is spread over an area of around 912.04 square kilometers and is home to a wide range of endangered species. Visitors can spot tigers, elephants, sloth bears, gaurs, Indian rock pythons, dhols and leopards in their natural habitat. Apart from the wildlife, Bandipur is also known for its diversity of flora and fauna. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including a sizeable vulture population. The park is also home to a variety of trees, including teak, rosewood, sandalwood and more.
Bandipur offers a range of activities to visitors, including jungle safaris, nature walks, and birdwatching.
Nagarahole National Park
Another must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts in Karnataka is Nagarahole National Park. The park gets its name from the meandering river that cuts across the terrain and flows snake-like through it. Nagarahole is home to a significant population of tigers, leopards, wild dogs, gaurs, crocodiles, elephants and many more. Visitors can explore the park’s wildlife through jeep safaris and boat rides.
Fun Fact: The three endangered top carnivores, viz. tiger, leopard and wild dog (dholes) coexist at a higher density here.
BRT Wildlife Sanctuary
Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, is located in the Chamarajanagar district. The sanctuary offers jeep safaris for visitors to explore the wildlife that includes tigers, leopards, elephants, etc. BRT is also known for its rich birdlife, making it an excellent destination for birdwatchers.
Fun Fact: The indigenous Soliga tribes call the tiger “Dodda naayi” (big dog)!
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and is home to a wide variety of animals and birds. Bhadra offers jeep safaris, trekking and camping for visitors to explore its wildlife and nature.
Dandeli-Anshi Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli-Anshi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and is home to a variety of animals and birds. The sanctuary offers jeep safaris, trekking and camping for visitors to explore its wildlife and nature. Dandeli-Anshi is also known for its adventure activities such as river rafting, kayaking and zip-lining.
Fun Fact: Bhadra is the first tiger reserve in the country to complete a successful village relocation program.
Tiger reserves offer a unique wildlife experience and Safari Quest is the ultimate gateway to explore the stunning wildlife sanctuaries! Our wildlife-focused property and expert naturalist team are dedicated to providing you with a unique and unforgettable experience.
With our customised itineraries and extensive knowledge of the region, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – the rich history and culture of Mysuru and the thrilling wildlife safaris and nature activities.
After a long day of adventure, retreat to our warm and welcoming nature-themed studios, indulge in a delicious meal at Drongo cafe, swap stories around a bonfire at Best Kept Secret, relax with a glass of wine at the Mysore Room, or unwind with a therapeutic massage at the spa.
At Safari Quest, there is always more to see and do. We can’t wait to welcome you and show you the beauty of our wildlife sanctuaries.