Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

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Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Pushpagiri WildlifeSanctuary-Coorg.jpg
Landscape of Shola Forests,Pushpagiri WLS
Location Somwarpet, Kodagu district, Karnataka, India
Nearest city Somwarpet
Coordinates 12°35′0″N 75°40′0″E / 12.58333°N 75.66667°E / 12.58333; 75.66667Coordinates: 12°35′0″N 75°40′0″E / 12.58333°N 75.66667°E / 12.58333; 75.66667
Established 1987
Governing body Karnataka Forest Department

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of 21 Wildlife Sanctuaries of India's Karnataka state.

This sanctuary is located in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu district and has some attractive scenery. It is home to rare and endangered birdlife and is designated as one of the important bird areas of the world.[1] The rich Kadamakkal reserve forest is a part of the sanctuary. Pushpagiri is the highest peak in it. Kumaraparvatha is the other peak that lies within it. The sanctuary adjoins Bisle reserve forest to north and Kukke Subramanya forest range to the west.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Albizia lebbeck, Artocarpus lakoocha, Dysoxylum malabaricum and Mesua ferrea' are some of the species of flora found here. Indian Wild Dog, Brown Palm Civet, Indian Giant Squirrel, Indian Hare, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Indian Muntjac, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Wild Pig, Giant Flying Squirrel, Travancore Flying, Otter species, Stripe-necked mongoose and mouse deer are some of the animal species found here.

The Pushpagiri Wildlife Sancutuary has been proposed as one of the World Heritage Site.[2]


  1. ^ "BirdLife IBA Factsheet - Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary". Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Western Ghats—Talacauvery Sub-Cluster (with Six Site Elements)". Retrieved 2007-02-01. 

Trekking at Pushpagiri (Kumaraparvatha)[edit]

There are two official trekking routes by which to ascend or descend Kumaraparvatha. one from Kukke subramanya and the other from Somawarpet, Madikeri. Kukke Subramanya route is considered as most scenic and difficult route.

Gist of Pushpagiri hills Trek (Kumaraparvatha Trek)[1][edit]

Trekking difficulty level: Moderate to difficulty

Best time to visit: September to April

Camping allowed: Yes

Key points:

  • Can be climbed from Somawarpet and Subramanya side
  • Drinking water sources along the ways (Fresh Water streams)
  • Carry your tents and sleeping bags

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "X-Dog Trekking| Tents for rent in Bangalore". www.trekkingtentforrent.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09.