Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected wildlife sanctuary, is situated in the Indian state of Karnataka. The sanctuary, which lies in the Western Ghats, is named after the presiding deity “Lord Someshwara” of the famous Someshwara temple that is located within the sanctuary. Besides this temple, there are other temples in and around the sanctuary which are worth a visit by those visitors who are spiritually-inclined.
The Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, which is spread across an area of 88.4 sq. km, is in the Udupi District of Karnataka and was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1974. It has numerous wild critters that are typical to South-East Asia.
This sanctuary was expanded to 315 sq. km in 2011 to include Agumbe State Forest, Balehalli Reserve Forest, Tombatlu Reserve Forest, Someshwara Reserved Forest, and spans across Karkala, Kundapura, Udupi, Thirthalli taluks of Udupi and Shivamogga districts. Due to this expansion, the sanctuary makes an extended stretch of protected forest which includes Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kudremukh National Park.
The perennial Sitanadi River flows through the sanctuary and is an active river rafting spot.
The Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is covered with moist deciduous forests, evergreen forests, and semi-evergreen forests. It houses Barking Deer, Common Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Gaur, Leopard, Jackal, Lion Tailed Macaque, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Tiger, Wild Pig, and Wild Dog.
The sanctuary also has a few exquisite birds like the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Frogmouth, Malabar Whistling Thrush, and Malabar Trogon.
Along with animals and birds, the sanctuary is also house to Reptiles and butterflies like Monitor lizards, King Cobras, Pythons, and numerous butterfly species. The forest is rich in rare trees like Golum tree, Lophopetalum Wightanium (called Balpale, in Kannada), Hopea parviflora, Aini (called Hebbalasu), Ceylon oak.
Tourists and visitors to Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary can take part in various activities like trekking, camping (at Seetanadi Herpeto Camp), river rafting at Seetanadi River, and sightseeing which includes Agumbe Sunset point and waterfalls.
The closest airport to Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is Mangalore airport.
The nearest railway station is Udupi and Shivamogga.
The nearest town is Hebri which is well-connected by bus to all major cities.