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River Tern

 

Overview

Situated in the midst of the Western Ghats of Chikmaglur district in Karnataka, surrounded by the lofty hill ranges of Babubudangiri. You can get mesmerized by observing their preening, feeding, cackling and many interesting antics. It is located on a hillock, at the edge of the picturesque Bhadra River, near Lakkavalli, adjoining the northern boundaries of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. Soft waves of backwaters of the river lash the edge periodically, harmonizing the sounds of nature, to put you in a perfect state of bliss. The River Tern Lodge is the ideal spot to get acquainted with nature in its serene beauty.

Accomodation

A delicious spread of South and North Indian dishes, buffet style is served at the Ghol ghar. A choice of both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian is available.

Activities

Apart from wildlife viewing through exciting jeep rides into the Bhadra Tiger Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary, which is about 4km from the resort, there are water based adventures such as sailing, kayaking, water cycle, water trampoline, joy fishing on offer. A boat ride on the backwaters of the Bhadra Reservoir can also yield great wildlife viewing opportunities. Other activities include guided trekking, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing for children and star gazing. Visits to Tyverekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari and to the Sakkrebyle Elephant camp.

Season

The climate is generally pleasant all through the year, while the bulk of the rainfall occurs during the Southwest Monsoon, between June and September, leaving the entire sanctuary lush and green. Summer months of March, April and May would be slightly warm.

Wildlife

The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of rich avian life with birds like the Grey junglefowl, Red spurfowl, Painted bush quail, Emerald dove, Southern green imperial pigeon, Great black woodpecker, Malabar parakeet and Hill myna just to name a few. While among the reptiles, the Marsh crocodiles are usually found in the upstream stretches of the Bhadra River and Monitor lizards are also a common sight. The Common otter and the Smooth Indian otter can usually be sighted at the Bhadra Reservoir. Gaur certainly are the pride of Bhadra which is a common sight. Leopards are also fairly common, particularly in the Lakkavalli area. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary has been recently adopted under‘Project Tiger’.

Location

From Bangalore: Drive towards Tumkur. Take the Shimoga bye-pass road at Tumkur (instead of going to Tumkur town) and cross Gubbi, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere. After crossing Tarikere, take the left that also has a Kuvempu University direction board. Travel 14Km till you reach Lakkavalli. At Lakkavalli you will find a sign board to the River Tern Lodge, which is about 4km away. Alternately you can contact the Range Forest Office at Lakkavalli for enquiries. The River Tern Lodge is 38km from Shimoga and is located by the Bhadra Reservoir.

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