Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary Known for Venomous King Cobra Telemetry Research

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Karnataka state, India. It is named after “Lord Someshwara”, the presiding deity at the famous “Someshwara temple”, located inside the sanctuary. This sanctuary is known for Venomous King Cobras.

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Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated below the Agumbe range. Agumbe receives the maximum rainfall in South India. The park is spread over 314.25 square kilometers in Udupi & Shivamogga districts. This park along with Kudremukh National Park, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary and Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary forms a contiguous protected area. Sitanadi River flows through this wildlife sanctuary. Mahasheer fishes and Otters are found in Sitanadi river.

The sanctuary is rich in Flora and fauna. The wildlife sanctuary is known for venomous King Cobras. Agumbe Rainforest Research Station inside the sanctuary, conducts telemetry based projects (recorded using scientific instruments) on King Cobra.

Seethanadi Nature Camp which is run by Karnataka State Forest Department, is situated inside this sanctuary. Trekking, Bird Watching, Nature Walks, Rafting (from July to September), Fish feeding, etc, are some of the activities in the Nature Camp.

Agumbe Sunset point gives excellent view of the sunset. Jomlu Theertha falls, Kudlu Theertha falls and Onake Abbi falls are situated inside the wildlife sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary?

Hebri town is the nearest town at around 14.5 kilometers distance from this wildlife sanctuary. Udupi and Mangalore are two nearby major cities to the wildlife sanctuary. Udupi is at around 55 kilometers, whereas Mangalore is at around 100 kilometers distance from Someshwara wildlife sanctuary. Shimoga Town is at around 110 kilometers distance from this wildlife park.

Udupi and Shimoga are the nearest railway stations. Mangalore airport is the nearest airport.

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary Timings

The wildlife sanctuary is open from 06:00 am– 06:00 pm, on all days. There is an entry free of INR 200 for adults and INR 100 for children. November to April are the ideal months to visit this Wild Life Sanctuary.

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