Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary – About
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is situated as an part of western ghats near Kodagu or Coorg district. This wildlife sanctuary is situated between the borders of Wynad districts in Kerala on its southern side and Kodagu district on its northern side. This sanctuary is 243 km away from the state capital Bangalore, the name ‘Brahmagiri’ derived as it means it is at the highest point, which is around 1607 meters in height and above the sea level and the total area it covered is around 181 sq km.
This sanctuary is just 60 km away from Kodagu, the total area of this sanctuary is evergreen with semi-evergreen forest area at the higher altitudes and one can find the grasslands with shola forest patches also, the main natural plantation here is bamboos which are plenty in number here.
The average temperature here which ranges from 5° to 32°C at the maximum, and average annual rainfall varies from 2,500 to 6,000 mm.
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary – Flora and Fauna
The Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is a dense and thick forest with abundant wildlife are natural habitats here, few of them are :
Mammals one can see here in this sanctuary is Elephant, Gaur, Tiger Leopard Cat, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Lion-tailed Macaque, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Slender Loris, , Jungle Cat,Bonnet Macaque, Wild Pig, Common Langur, Mouse Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Langur, Giant Flying Squirrel, Nilgiri Marten, Common Otter, Barking Deer, Brown Mongoose, Civets, Porcupine, Pangolin, Cobra, King Cobra, Python, Emerald Dove, Black Bulbul and Malabar Trogon
The most commonly found reptiles here include Python, King Cobra and Cobra.
The most rarely seen birds are migrated here in some seasons few of them found were emerald dove, black bulbul and Malabar trogon.
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary- Ideal time for visit
Between October and May is the ideal to visit here as the rain is less at this time, though it will rain almost after May-June because of Monsoon, but especially as the beginning of the Monsoon season is ideal to see the lush green natural forest.
This sanctuary is considered as trekkers paradise. The nature camps are also undertaken for school children at the Narimalai campsite. There is a trekking route from the Irupu falls, here one can find the starting point of the river Lakshmana Tirtha, then to the Narimalai camp, and further travel leads to the Brahmagiri peak and to the Munikal caves.
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary - How to reach
One intends to go through road has to go through Bangalore – Mysore - Hunsur -Srimangala - Iruppu – Bhrahmagiri, the nearest town is Thirunelli in Kerala, and the nearest airport available is Bangalore International Airport.
Other two routes are also reach one to this sanctuary they are :
One can this reach on road through Bangalore > Mysore > Hunsur > Srimangala > Iruppu > Bhrahmagiri, another route is Bangalore > Mysore > Nanjangudu > Gundelpet > Sulthan Bathery > Mananthavady > Kattikulam > Thirunelli > Brahmagiri. There are ample quantity of buses available from Gonikoppal in Kodagu even privates buses are also available.
If one wants to travel by rail or road from Bangalore to Mysore it will be 140 km, then by road to Hunsur will be 45 km, from here to Gonikoppal it will be 40 km, and from Gonikoppal to the Sanctuary it is 18 km. If not by road from Mangalore to Madikeri it will be 105 km) then to Virarajpet it is 30 km then on to the Sanctuary it is 7 km.
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary - Accommodation and food
Gonikoppal in Kodagu is the nearest place for this sanctuary, if one wants to reach this sanctuary by trekking the Narimale Estate Guest House is the right place to stay even very budget hotels are also available in Gonikoppal.
To get further details about this sanctuary, contact
Deputy Conservator of Forests
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