Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary in Shimoga district is a place worth visiting especially for bird lovers. The island amidst Tunga river offers food and shelter to a wide species of birds. On the way to Mandagadde, travellers can visit Sakrebyle elephant training camp and Gajanur dam site.
Spanning over 1.14 acres, this bird sanctuary is an ideal picnic and camping spot too. Inside the sanctuary, there is a watchtower from where you can view different bird species with convenience. The forest department also offers boating services to watch birds and enjoy the beauty of nature.
The period from July to September is the best season for a visit to Mandagadde Bird sanctuary. Mandagadde is 30 km from Shimoga. Frequent bus services are available to Mandagadde from nearby towns. Malur railway station is only 11 km away. The nearest airport is however in Mangalore. Cabs and other vehicles can also be hired from Shimoga or Teerthahalli to reach Mandagadde.