Mandagadde is a charming little village that lies around 300 km from Bangalore. It spans an area of 1.14 acres, and it is surrounded by dense forest and a river named Tunga. The river forms a little island, which is famous for the migratory birds sighted there. Mandagadde is a bird sanctuary in the Malenaddu district of Karnataka.
A Quick Peek at Mandagadde
There are various activities to take part in here and around, the major attractions being the following:
- Elephant Camp
- Gajanur Dam
- Bird Sanctuary
The birds that can be seen here are the Median Egret, Little Cormonant, Darter, and the Snake Bird. The sanctuary is a bird watcher’s delight, with the island being a perfect heaven for bird nesting. You can spot over 5,000 birds here during the peak season.
The birds can be seen from the watch tower built specially for this purpose. The three types of migratory birds seen on the island are the Median Eggret, Darter, and the Cormonant. The peak season time is from July to September; so make sure that you book your visit during these months to get the main benefit of the visit. The peak month when the major number of birds can be spotted is August.
The Elephant Camp has various activities too; there are many elephants and their Mahouts. One attraction here is that people are allowed to wash the elephants, i.e. give them a bath. This is one interesting tourist activity in this region. The name of the camp is Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp; it is at a distance of 15 km from Mandagadde.
It is a spectacular view to watch the avian species club around the branches of trees from a distance.
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is home to more than 5,000 migratory birds which mainly come in the month of August. It is amazing to stroll around the place as you can hear the chirping sounds of all these birds.
The Ganjanur Dam is pretty close by, at a distance of 5 km from Sakrebayalu, and there are provisions for boat rides and even Coracle rides. A Coracle is a coconut-shaped round vessel that up to four people can ride in at a time. If you visit the Dam at the right time and the backwaters have sufficient water, then the boat ride will surely be a memorable one!
Getting to Mandagadde
The village is well connected by buses, and they are the most preferred method of commute to get there. The neighbouring railway stations are as follows:
- Malur Railway Station: 11 km
- Bhadravati Railway Station: 34 km
- Shimoga Railway Station: 40 km
The village lies around 30 km from Shimoga on the way to Theerthahalli. There are ample cabs and buses available at the nearest airport and bus stands to take you right up to the village. Therefore, reaching your destination is never an issue.
Accommodation is available at the village; however, you will have to contact your tour operator for information on the same as these places are packed during season time. There are a few Inns with individual cottages that are well maintained.
Bird watching at Mandagadde
For birdwatchers, this village is a must visit due to the sheer variety of birds it attracts. This is a perfect place for a weekend getaway, to live in a natural background and to have a peaceful and interesting trip with your beau or bird-watching partner.
Be sure to carry your cameras along as the birds sighted here are rare, and there are some beautiful scenes here for all photography buffs.