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a walk on the wild side
Wildlife In Karnataka

The hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, Mudumalai (the ancient hills) is made most attractive wildlife reserve because it is clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous forests. Moyar River, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur runs through the Park following its course runs the Mysore-Ooty highway. The hilly terrain, with just 321 sq. km. in area, provides diverse habitats. The wild elephant, gaur, deer and primates like the bonnet macaque and langurs all inhabit the Park. The predators include the tiger, leopard and the dhole - the Asiatic wild dog, that hunts in packs. The predators of the skies are the crested hawk eagle and the crested serpent eagle that can be seen circling above.


Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wynad Reserve in Kerala the two attractive wildlife parks of Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka, though separate entities, are part of a larger contiguous wildlife reserve that includes the. Both the parks are easily accessible from Mysore.

The Tiger Reserve, which is 874.20 sq. km. Bandipur National Park, with its open grassy woodland, lies to the south of the Kabini River while Nagarhole, 643.39 so. km. in area, to the north of the river, has taller and denser forests. A dam on the Kabini and its picturesque reservoir separate the two parks. In the dense moist deciduous forests of this area the upper canopy reaches heights of 30m and valuable hardwoods like teak and rosewood are also to be found here.

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