Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Bhadra
Wildlife Sanctuary, is a wildlife preserve located in the Western Ghats spread
over an area of 492 sq. kilometers, located about 38 km away from Chikmagalur.
Located within this sanctuary are the fantastic trekking destinations of Kemmangundi
and Baba Budan, making it the perfect getaway for nature lovers living in
Bangalore. Over 120 species of trees can be found here, as well as over 250
different types of birds, and various types of reptiles as well. For the
adventurous, Tigers and Elephants can be seen if you take a Safari tour inside
of the forest! If you are looking for a breath of fresh air and fantastic
scenery, this is one of the best places in all of India.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive at the Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary with ease! The best way to get there is via the Bangalore-Mangalore Highway. Continue along this road until you reach Belur Road. From there continue along this road until you reach the SH57, then follow signs towards the wildlife sanctuary. The entire trip is just under 250KM and should take roughly 4 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 Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary 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 Muthodi
Wildlife Sanctuary as you please. If you don’t rent a car be prepared to pay
upwards of Rs. 1000 to hostels and homestays to take trips to many of these destinations.
By renting a car you will save a lot of money and avoid the hassle of being
overcharged by the various homestays.
Here are some things to do while exploring the Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary:
Trekking in Bababudangiri Hills: One of the best ways to visit this area is to go trekking in the Bababudangiri Hills. Full of greenery and scenic views, this is one of the best areas in all of Karnataka to go hiking. Whether with friends, family, or your significant other, these hills have treks of varying difficulty that can suit any skill level!
Coffee Plantations: Another popular thing to do in this area is to take a tour of the various coffee plantations. Many of the plantations will have small shops for you to sample some of the coffee and tea, and if you like it, it is also available for purchase as well. This is the perfect way to spend a day if you are tired of trekking and need a leisurely afternoon.
Chikmagalur: The nearby town of Chikmagalur is where most people tend to stay when visiting this area. This is the best place to find food, housing, and shopping as well. If you plan on spending the night or weekend this is the best place to find accommodation and safe, clean food.
Insiders Tip: Make sure to be at the top of Bababudangiri Hills during sunset, as this is one of the best times to see the valley fully illuminated.
The best time to visit Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary Falls is from September to March.