Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located on the Banavasi Road in Gudavi of Sorab Taluk which is 16 Kms from Sorab town in Shimoga District. A place famous for bird sanctuary is one of the best 5 bird sanctuaries of Karnataka. It is spread over an area of 0.74 square Kms.
The picturesque Gudvi Lake with trees all along its banks is a beautiful sight in itself. It is a small seasonal lake and is filled with water mostly in the rainy season.
Nature lovers, you will get 191 species of flora and fauna here at the bird sanctuary. Various avian species migrate from across the globe to the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for bird watchers to have a closer look at the birds.
The variety of birds, which you can see here around in the Gudvi Bird Sanctuary are:
- Gray Heron
- Night Heron
- Little Cormorant
- Jungle Fowl
- White headed Crane
- Pond Heron
- Black Headed Crane
- Indian Shag
- Little Grebe
- White Ibis
- Pariah kite
- Brahminy Kite
Best Season: June to October.
The sanctuary is open to visitors from 6 AM to 6 PM
By Air: The nearest airport to Shimoga is at Hubli which is at a distance of 165 Km. Other airports accessible from Shimoga are Mangalore (200 Km) and bangalore (274 Kms). In near future, an airport at Sogane is expected to open. It is around 6 Km from Shimoga.
By Rail: Shimoga has its own railhead and is well connected to bangalore and Mysore by regular trains. Though connection with other cities of India is less.
By Road: Shimoga is connected by NH 206 to the capital city bangalore . Distance between the two cities is 274 km and can be covered in about 6 hrs. There are regular buses between the two cities. Shimoga can also be approached from Mangalore and Udupi. The entire route is quite picturesque. Luxury coaches run by KSRTC are the most convenient way of commuting.
Where to stay
Accommodation is not available at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary. You will need to stay in Shimoga.