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Tuesday, February 07 2023
Marvellous Karnataka

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, a drive into wild

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We find many wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka as it is home for many wild creatures. The Krishna’s land Udupi has a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and it is its treasure.

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats of Udupi District. It was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1974, and abounds in wild critters typical to South-east Asia.

The sanctuary is divided into two parts, each separate from the other. The smaller section is situated towards the southwest of the larger section. The sanctuary is mostly made up of evergreen forests, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests. It is situated very close to the much bigger Kudremukh National Park. However, that does not in any way take away from the beauty of the sanctuary or the amount of wild flora and fauna found here.

There are a number of animals that live in the environs of the sanctuary. They are Barking Deer, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Gaur, Jackal, Leopard, Lion Tailed Macaque, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Tiger, Wild Dog and Wild Pig.
There are also a few exquisite birds like Ceylon Frogmouth, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, and Malabar Whistling Thrush. Reptiles like Pythons, Monitor Lizards and King Cobras abound in the forest. The forest is also a butterfly lover’s paradise. In addition, one can find trees like Golum, Lophopetalum Wightanium (called Balpale, in Kannada), Aini (called Hebbalasu), Hopea Parviflora, Ceylon Oak and so on within the boundaries of the sanctuary.

On visiting this place the children can get the knowledge of many creatures as they have only seen them in books and pictures.

Udupi, Kolluru, Malpe, ans Kudremukh National Park are the near by places one can visit during Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary trip. November to April is the best time to visit this place.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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