Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary
Sharavati river originates within the state of Karnataka. The major part of the river basin lies in the western ghats. The famous jog falls are formed by this river. The place is rich in bio diversity and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. The river orginates in a place called ambutheertha,it is believed that this is the place where Lord Rama broke a bow to win the hand of sita.The river is around 130 kms in length and joins the Arabian sea at honnavar in uttara Karnataka District. The major tributaries of the river are Nandihole, Haridravathi, Mavinahole, Hilkunji, Yennehole, Hurlihole, and Nagodihole.
One part of Sharavati river basin was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1972.The dense green and semi green forest is Spread over an area of 432 kms. The Linganamakki reservoir is also part of the sanctuary. The remaining areas has been classified into core zone, buffer zone and tourist zone. The temperature here ranges from 15 to 38 degree Celsius and gets a mean annual rainfall of 4500mm.The sanctuary consists of moist deciduous forests. species such as Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum, Machilus macrantha, Caryota urens and Aporosa lindleyana can be found here. common species include Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Hopea parviflora, Dalbergia latifolia, Dillenia pentagyna, Careya arborea, Emblica officinalis, Randia sp., Terminalia sp. and Vitex altissima.The sanctuary is home to the endangered Lion-tailed macaque.Other mammals includes tiger, leopard, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, wild dog, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel etc.Reptiles include king cobra, python, rat snake, crocodile.Among the avian species found here includes three species of hornbill, paradise flycatcher, racket-tailed drongo, blue-throated barbet and Indian lories and lorikeets.
How to reach
Sharavati valley is situated in Shimoga district, in gubbagodu. The nearest town is sagar which is 20 kms. Bangalore to Sharavati valley is around 350 kms.You can reach Sharavati valley through Bangalore – Tumkur – Arasikere – Shimoga – Sagar -Gubbagodu.The route. Direct Buses are available from Bangalore to Sagar. From there you have to catch a local bus to gubbagodu.Sagar is 20 kms from gubbagodu. The Best time to visit sharavathi is November to May.