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Agumbe

A winding ghat road and its spellbinding view ascends to an altitude of 826 m. Here lies Agumbe, situated around 32 km from Thirthahalli in Shimoga district. The site is noted for its alluring sunsets.
Viewed from a platform the many hues of twilight and the setting sun are at their best during the months of November, December and January.

Bandipur Wildlife Sacntuary

The Gaur. Part of the lushly-forested Deccan Plateau, Bandipur, in Karnataka, offers a rich and varied wildlife habitat. It is a part of a larger national park, which also includes the neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries, of Mudumalaiin Tamil Nadu and Wynad in Kerala. This sanctuary is one of the 15 sanctuaries selected across India for Project Tiger, a scheme launched in 1973, by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, to save the tiger and its habitat.

Bannerghatta Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1971, the Bannerghatta National Park lies 22 kms. from Bangalore. Teeming with exotic species of wildlife, the park boasts of an astonishing variety of trees like sandal, jalari, chujjullu, neem, tamarind, zizyphus amongst others. The 104 sq km-park includes ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division. It is surrounded by scenic hills, with many ancient temples perched on them.

Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary

Nagarahole is derived from the combination of two Kannada words-'nagar' meaning snake and 'hole' meaning streams and true to its name a number of streams snake through its rich tropical forests.
Nagarahole is situated in the picturesque districts of Kodagu and Mysore in southern Karnataka. The Nagarahole National Park was first set up in 1955. In 1975 its area was increased to include a greater expanse of forest reserve.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

When you take a holiday to Ranganthittu, you're treated to some glorious sights. Yes, the Sanctuary here is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Just glance around and you'll find a host of surprises.
Crocodiles basking under the sun, otters running free, flocks of birds gathered on tiny islands, all these make Ranganthittu a visual delight. And the excitement continues. Wherever you turn, you'll find exotic birds.

Hogenakkal Water Falls

This beautiful, quiet waterfall is 25 km from Dharmapuri and 80 km from Bangalore towards Salem. Here the Cauvery River enters the plains and the river dashing against the rocks is a great sight. Hogenakkal is a riverside spa where, according to its devotees, good health can be had for the asking. The sound of the Cauvery, roaring between rocky banks, is a constant presence in most places in Hogenakkal. The river, here flows through a wooded valley, splitting and merging and splitting again around rocks, and little islands with towering trees, and boulder-strewn out crops, which are covered only when the river is in spate with the rains of the monsoon. People cross the current-rippled waters in circular basket boats covered in buffalo hide or plastic.

Jog Water Falls

Jog (60 kms from Honnavar), a hamlet of Kargal village is famous for its magnificent waterfalls. It is Indias tallest water fall.
The Sharavati river flowing over a rocky bed takes a spectacular leap from a height of 292 meters and divides into 4 smaller ones known as the Raja, Rani Rocket and Roarer presenting a glorious view.

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