Located in Udupi District
, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary spans over 247 sq km and is thick with evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests of the
, and small patches of teak plantations. It is contiguous with the Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is home to a variety of species including lion-tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, common langur,
slender loris, sloth bear, gaur, wild pig, tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, chital, sambar, barking deer, otter, porcupine, Malabar giant squirrel and flying squirrel. Avifauna includes
Malabar whistling thrush, Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill,
great Indian hornbill, southern treepie, yellow bulbul,
scarlet minivet, racket-tailed drongo, blacknaped blue flycatcher and quake babbler.
The sanctuary offers ample opportunities for trekking and nature camping.
Kollur and the
Mookambika Temple are nearby places of interest.
The visiting season is from November to March. At this time weather will be pleasant and accessibility easy. Mookambika Sanctuary is well-connected by a network of roads and rail.