Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

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Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
ಗುಡವಿ ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾ
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located in Karnataka
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
Coordinates: 14°26′23″N 75°0′45″E / 14.43972°N 75.01250°E / 14.43972; 75.01250Coordinates: 14°26′23″N 75°0′45″E / 14.43972°N 75.01250°E / 14.43972; 75.01250
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Shimoga district
Subdivision Sagara
Taluk Sorab
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary (Kannada: ಗುಡವಿ ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ ) is located in the Soraba taluk of Sagara Subdivision in the Indian state of Karnataka. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located on the Banavasi Road in Gudavi of Sorab Taluk which is 16 km from Sorab town. The bird sanctuary is one of the best five of Karnataka. It is spread over an area of 0.74 square km.

As per survey, 217 different species of birds belonging to 48 families are found at this place.[1][2] A natural lake and the trees gives shelter to this birds. The picturesque Gudavi 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. Various avian species migrate from across the globe in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for bird watchers to have a closer look at the birds.

Variety of birds[edit]

Best season[edit]

The best season to visit is from June to October.This is the best ever century of the world.

Getting here[edit]

By air[edit]

The nearest airport to Soraba is at Hubli which is at a distance of 165 km. Other airports accessible from Soraba are Mangalore (250 km) and Bangalore (340 km).

By rail[edit]

Sagara is the nearest railhead and is well connected to Bangalore and Mysore by regular trains.

By road[edit]

Gudavi is 60 km from Sagara Main Town. You can discover this place my moving towards Soraba Town. Mapping coordinates are 14°26'23"N and 75°0'45"E for your GPS.

Location: Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Sagara is connected by NH 206 to the capital city Bangalore. Distance between Bangalore and Sagara is 355 km ( or via Chitradurga - NH4 is 410 km) and can be covered in about 6- 7 hrs depending on traffic. There are regular buses between the two cities. Sagara can also be approached from Mangalore and Udupi. The entire route is quite picturesque.[3]


  1. ^ G.Y. Dayananda (2009) Avifaunal Diversity of Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Sorab, Sagara, Karnataka. Our Nature (2009) 7: 100-109 PDF
  2. ^ Raghunatha et al. 1992 Birds of Gudavi bird sanctuary. Myforest 28(3)Scan
  3. ^ Karnataka Tourism