Located in Shimoga District
, Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary spans over 431 sq km. Apart from the area occupied by the Liganamakki Reservoir or Honnemaradu
, the sanctuary is divided into core zone, buffer zone and tourism zone. The sanctuary is nourished by the Sharavathi River.
The Sharavathi Sanctuary is cloaked in evergreen, semi-green and moist deciduous forests of the
and is contiguous with the
. These comprise flora species that yield spices, soapnuts, natural dyes, medicines, fruits, oil seeds, cane and bamboo, dhupa, gum, and honey. Besides gaur and several groups of lion-tailed macaque, the sanctuary is home to a variety of species including tiger, leopard (black panther), wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer,
, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, otter and
. Reptiles include
, python, rat snake (some almost black), crocodile and monitor lizard. Three species of hornbill, paradise flycatcher
, racket tailed drongo, blue-throated barbet and Indian lorikeet are the avian fauna here.
The best time to visit is from November to May. Accommodation is available in the vicinity.