Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is one of India’s most famous bird
sanctuaries, located nearby to the quaint village of Mandagadde, and 30km away
from the town of Shimoga in the Shimoga District of Karnataka. Widely known as
one of the best bird sanctuaries near Bangalore, here one can see over 5,000
birds during peak season, including the Median Egret, Darter (Snake Bird), and
the Little Cormorant. It spans a distance of over 1.14 Acres, and forms a small
island that is surrounded by dense forest, created by the River Tunga. If you
live in Bangalore and bird watching is one of your favorite activities, this
sanctuary is a must see!
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive at Mandagadde with ease! The best way to get there is via the Bangalore-Honavar Rd. Continue along this road until you reach Solapur-Mangalore Highway. From there continue along this road until you reach your destination. The entire trip is just over 300KM and should take just about 6 hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Mandagadde however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Mandagadde in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to get the most out of
your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the freedom to explore Mandagadde
as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk for
kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Sakrebylu Elephant Camp: located roughly 15KM from Mandagadde, this is the perfect place to visit with family members. Well-trained elephants rest near the banks of the River Tunga bathe and are available for rides if you so choose to. Definitely a must see if you are visiting Mandagadde.
Gajanur Dam: Gajanur is a small village 12 KM from Shimoga and is located very close to the border between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Widely known for the Gajanur Dam, the River Tunga flows through the Gajanur village and creates a beautiful place for a picnic. Gajanur Dam is the perfect place to include amidst a road trip throughout Karnataka or the Western Ghats.
Insiders Tip: Make sure to bring bincoluars!
The best time to visit Mandagadde is from July to September.