Quaintly located amidst the backwaters of this BRP dam is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Spreading over an area of 492 Square Kms, the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is a home to some of the wild beasts like Tiger, leopard, Elephants, Spotted dear, etc. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by lofty hill ranges of Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Babaudangiri and also the picturesque Bhadra River and its tributaries like Somavahini, Thadabehalla and Odirayanahalla. The Indian Government took the initiative of tiger-conservation through a project called Project Tiger in this sanctuary.
If you are a lover of photography, then be here till the sunset which is the best time to capture some of the amazing pictures of the nature. And if you are ready for some adventure, then stay in the Jungle Lodges that run a resort called River Tern Lodge, in this dam site area. It is one of the best experiences to stay here and enjoy the activities the resort offers. A true Bhadra Wilderness treat, the River Tern Lodge is a newer venture of Jungle Lodges Resort, started by the Government of Karnataka. River Tern Lodge that is in perfect harmony with nature is located near Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary amidst the Western Ghats of Shimoga District around Chikmaglur area. It is located on a hillock, at the edge of the picturesque Bhadra River, near Lakkavalli. The lodge is surrounded by the hill ranges of Babudangiri and you can witness the perfect rendezvous of nature and wildlife at the river side.
A visit to Bhadravathi without staying at this lodge is not worth your trip. The rustic cottages and log huts here are perfect media to get closer to nature. Approached by well-laid stone pathways, these cottages are placed at different levels. While the older cottages are located on the peninsula, the newer ones are located on the islands that escape being submerged in water when Bhadra River is in full swing.
There are many things you can do at this lodge. You can go for some adventures like a jeep ride into Bhadra Tiger Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary, which is about 4km from the resort, sailing, kayaking, water cycle, water trampoline, joy fishing on offer, boat ride on the backwaters of the Bhadra Reservoir, trekking, island camping, bird watching, rock climbing for children and star gazing.
Food is no big deal at this place as delicious food is served in what is called as "Gol Ghar" - the round, open-to-side restaurant. A fresh catch from the reservoir is made as some mouth-watering delicacy and served hot at your table. The local gastronomy by the local chefs tops the menu of must-eat. The resort has some exotic packages that include accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, a boat ride and a safari in the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, all at the cost of Rs.3250/- per person per day. Water sports come at an additional cost.
Best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is throughout the year, as the climate is always pleasant. During the Southwest Monsoon, between June and September, you can witness abundant rainfall that leaves the entire sanctuary lush green. This is the time when most of the monsoon lovers visit to get the best of both - fun and adventure.