Geography of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an altitude of 9-1315 metres above sea level and receives an annual rainfall of 4593 mm. Kollur River and Chakra Nadi situated nearby are the major water sources along with a number of perennial streams, seasonal natural lakes, large and smaller seasonal streams and springs.
Flora and Fauna of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
Common fauna which can be spotted here include Jackal, Slender Loris, Gaur, Leopard, Tiger, Porcupine, Otter, Barking Deer, Sambar, Wild Pig, Sloth Bear, Chital, Lion-Tailed Macaque and many others. Cane Turtle, an endangered species, is also the resident of the sanctuary. A plethora of birds also dwell in Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary such as Malabar Grey Hornbill, Yellow Bulbul and Scarlet Minivet. Prominent flora found here includes Hopea parviflora, Calophyllum tomentosum and Dipterocarpus indicus and many more. Coscinium fenestratum is a rare species of climber which is also found in the sanctuary. Small patches of teak plantations are also there. The diverse and rich flora of the sanctuary shelters a plethora of vivid butterflies.
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is best visited between the period of November and March. Trekking and camping activities can also be greatly cherished here. Nearest airport is situated in Mangalore which is located at a distance of about 125 kilometres from the sanctuary. Kundapur is the nearest railway station. The sanctuary also has good roadways connectivity.