The rainforests of Karnataka along the Western Ghats is the best places for wildlife tours in India and has very rich diversity of flora and fauna. The biodiversity hotspots are home to Bengal tigers, Indian elephant, great Indian hornbill, Malabar large spotted civet, Indian leopard and the Black Panther.
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Kodagu district
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary along the river Kabini is the best wildlife destination in Karnataka, The river separates the Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park. The sanctuary is home to rare species of leopard known as Black panther also known as the Ghost of Kabini.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttara Kannada district
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to exotic wildlife and part of the Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve. The sanctuary is also second elephant reserve in Karnataka and a paradise for birdwatchers for great hornbill,Malabar pied hornbill and also the elusive black panther.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikkamagaluru/Shimoga district
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary has a wide range of flora and fauna, surrounded by the scenic hills of Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka. The sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot with unique shola forest, mountain grasslands, several types of medicinal plants and rosewood forest.
Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, Shimoga district
Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary along the Sharavathi river near Jog Falls is part of the the Western Ghats and the river basin was declared as a wildlife sanctuary to protect the rare species of flora and fauna including endangered lion tailed macaque, Malabar giant squirrel,king cobra and melanistic Indian leopard.
Kali Tiger Reserve, Uttara Kannada district
Kali Tiger Reserve is located in Uttara Kannada district and the famous Kali River flows through the protected area, which is habitat of black panthers, Indian leopards, Bengal tigers, Indian bison, and Indian elephants.
The park was earlier known as Dandeli Anshi Tiger reserve and home to several rarely seen wild animals of India such as the black panther, Northern plains gray langur, Gray slender loris, leopard cat, Muntjac or barking deer and mouse deer or Chevrotain.