Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary near Udupi
It preserves and promotes plants and animals. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary will complete its 40th anniversary on this June, 2014. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 5 June 1974. Till date it attracts people from all around the world. It connects people to nature with its enriched flora and fauna. Whosoever is visiting Mangalore makes it a point to visit the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary without fail. It is a hamlet in the Karkalla Taluk and has great history.
The sanctuary is named after Lord Someshwara. There is a temple named as Someshwara temple located right in the heart of Kolar region and it is one of the most famous temples of the town. The Someshwara temple is dedicated to the great Lord Shiva and his powers. He is worshiped as Lord Someshwara in this temple.
The sanctuary has semi green and green forest areas. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is made up of two unconnected parts; the smaller part is situated southwest of bigger part. Talking about its flora and fauna; well, it is a long list to pen down. From Tigers, Leopards, Wild Pigs, various types of deers like Sambar Deers, Spotted Deers, Barking Deers to common Languors, the sanctuary is home to numerous such animals.
Reptiles like the great Cobra, Python and lizards are also commonly sighted in the woods. The Wildlife Sanctuary of Someshwara also has rare species of birds like the the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Trogon, Malabar, Frogmouth, Ceylon and the Malabar Whistling Thrush. Someshwara wildlife sanctuary is great combination of plants and animals at one place. The forest also consists of some very helpful medicinal plants like Hophopetulum, Wightanium Machilus Marcantha, etc.
Numbers of guides are available to take you on ride into the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. Just book an open jeep (provisions made by the Government of Karnataka) and guides will provide you an in-depth look of the wildlife. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary’s main motive is to save wildlife in India because saving wildlife will enrich our environment and provide qualitative surroundings with fresh air and atmosphere. People going in to the forest for the Safari ride are briefed on taking a few precautions so that the habitat of the animals inside is not disturbed and also so that they themselves are not attacked by wild animals.
The main attraction of the forest is spiting a tiger, leopard, hornbill or king cobra in its natural habitat. Nearby attraction include the Kudlu Teertha (it is a beautiful waterfall), Agumbe (sunset point to observe spectacularly breathtaking view of sunset in the evening), Onakabbi Falls and Jambu Tirtha. The tranquil flowing river Sita further boosts the beauty of Someshwara.
Someshwara wild life sanctuary is open for public from 6 am to 6 pm everyday and the most favorable time to visit is from October to April. Mangalore international airport is the nearest airport to the town Someshwara and Udupi is nearest railway station by which one can easily reach the spot. It is also well connected by the roads. Regular buses run from Udupi and Manipal to the wildlife sanctuary.
Location- Karnataka, India
Closest town- Udupi
Main wildlife attraction- Tiger, Leopard, King Cobra and Python
Area covered- 88.4 sq kms