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Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary
Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shimoga District and lies adjacent to Shimoga town. Shettihalli was declared a wildlife sanctuary on Nov, 23 1974. Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is spread about 395.6 sq. Km and it is divided into a core zone (100.6 sq. km), a buffer zone (237.4 sq. km) and a tourism zone (57.6 sq. km).
The Shettihalli Wildlife sanctuary has mostly dry and moist deciduous forests in the eastern and central parts. Towards the west, with an increase in rainfall, there are semi-evergreen forests.
Shettihalli Wildlife sanctuary houses mammals like Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Jackal, Gaur, Elephant, Sloth Bear Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Pig, Common Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Common Mongoose, Striped-necked Mongoose, Porcupine, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Giant Flying Squirrel and Pangolin.
Python, cobra King Cobra rat snake and Marsh Ccrocodile are among the reptiles found in the sanctuary.
Birds include Hornbills, Kingfishers, Bulbuls, Parakeets, Doves, Pigeons, Babblers, Flycatchers, Munias, Swallows, Woodpeckers, Peafowl, Jungle fowl and Partridges.
Best season to visit Shettihalli Wildlife sanctuary is between November and January.
The sanctuary is open everyday except Tuesday, from 06:00 to 18:00 hrs. The safari is open to visitors between 10:00 and 13:00 hrs, and again between 14:00 and 17:00 hrs. The elephant camp at Sakrebyle is open to visitors between 09:30 and 11.30 hrs, the time when the elephants are fed.
Deputy Conservator of Forests
Shimoga Wildlife Division
D. C. Compound
Shimoga - 577 201
Range Forest Office
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Shimoga
Road: Shettihalli Wildlife sanctuary is well connected by roads. The sanctuary is near to Shimoga town and can also be accessed by buses plying between Shimoga and Sagar.
Please send us your enquiry and we will respond within 24 to 48 hours.