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Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary You can witness the seasonal congregation of birds on a tiny island in the mid-course of the Tunga river at Mandagadde village, 30 km from Shimoga on the Shimoga-Theerthahalli road. Three species of birds regularly visit the island with the advent of the monsoons and stay on till the end of September: The median egret, the little cormorant, and the darter. During the peak season in August, the total number of birds in the sanctuary is estimated at 5000. A watchtower has been erected for viewing the winged visitors. The annual visits of these birds have put this obscure village on the wildlife map.

A scenic territory in Karnataka's Malnad region, this sanctuary is rather unsung. This is a no-fuss zone. No long treks through difficult terrain to catch a sight of winged visitors. Park your vehicle outside the sanctuary and walk into this haven for the median egret, the little cormorant and the darter or snakebird.

What greets you is a row of trees, part of a dense forest, hugging one side of a small island formed by the river Tunga. A slight breeze a cue for the three species of migratory birds that take shelter on the leafless trees here to take flight and the trees turn barren. Once you've had your fill of watching the birds dart into the clear waters and emerge with their catch for the day, head to the watchtower nearby.

From here, the view is even better. You can see the trees choc-a-bloc with birds, watch the cormorants feeding their little ones and see the darter fishing. This sanctuary came close to being submerged due to the Upper Tunga project, but thankfully efforts are being made to raise the riverbanks to allow the birds to continue roosting here like they have for decades.

Area 1.14 acres

When to go July to September. During the peak season in August, it is estimated that more than 5,000 birds visit the sanctuary.

What to see En route to Mandagadde, you can visit the vast Gajanur Dam and the elephant training camp at Sakrebyle. Drive through a village close to the camp and catch the pachyderms bathing at the Tunga river.

How to go Mandagadde is 30 km from Shimoga, 140 km from Mangalore and 345 km from Bangalore. It is on the way to Theerthahalli from Shimoga. The sanctuary is well connected by road with a lot of State-owned and private buses running in the area. However, there are no hotels here. The best bet is to stay in Shimoga.

For details, write to Deputy Conservator of Forests, Shimoga Wildlife Division, D C Compound, Shimoga - 577 201 or call 08182-222983

Distance:- 345 km North West of Bangalore .
By Road: - 8 Hours from Bangalore.
Route:- Mandagadde village, 30 km from Shimoga on the Shimoga-Theerthahalli road.
When to go:- July to September. During the peak season in August, it is estimated that more than 5,000 birds visit the sanctuary.
Tourist offices:-

For further information contact:
Deputy Conservator of Forests
Shimoga Wildlife Division,
D C Compound,
Shimoga - 577 201
Tel: 08182-222983 , Resi: 274983
For reservations, contact:
Range Forest Officer,
Wildlife Wing,
Kargal,
Shimoga - 577 421
Tel: 08182 - 251053

KSTDC (bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: kstdc@vsnl.in

Where to stay : -

Assistant Conservator of Forests
Range Forest Officer,
Wildlife Wing, Kargal,
Shimoga - 577 421
Tel: 08186-225657

Forest Department Guest Houses
For details, contact:
DCF, Shimoga Wildlife Division,
D C Compound,
Shimoga - 577 201
Tel: 08186-222983

 
 
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