Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
The Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is part of Western ghat bio sphere.The sanctuary starts from Agumbe sun set view point at the top to Hebri town down the Agumbe ghat. The sanctuary is home to evergreen forests with variety of trees,plants, shrubs etc. It is home of King Cobra, Lion tailed Macaque, Gaur, Wildboar, Procupine etc.
March to May - Summer season which will be hot and humid. June to October - Rainy season, When South West Monsoon lashes this area. It is not advisable to go in rainy season. November to February - Winter Season , During this period the temprature are cooler and it is relatively comfortable.
National Highway 169A passes through the this sanctuary. The NH-169A is narrow at Agumbe ghat section with steep hair pin curves so only mini buses and mini lorries are permitted through this road. Hebri is nearest town to this sanctuary which is connected to district Headquarters Udupi and Mangalore city by road. There are bus services from these places to Agumbe. A private bus operator provides daily bus service from Bangalore to Hebri. Mangalore International Airport is nearest airport to this place.
The Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is under administrative control of Karnataka Forest Department. All necessary permits must be obtained from them. Sitanadi nature camp is part of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary.
The best way is to use the local transport available like taxi or autorickshaw. You can take your own vehicle also.Hebri has a petrol bunk ( petrol pump) and now Someshwara village, Both below the ghat section. One can travel along Karnataka state highway 1 ( SH-1) from Sitanadi towards Bachappu, Mudradi, Kabbinale village under canopy of big trees of the evergreen forest.
Lush green canopy of trees. Wild animals. Kudlu water falls and other waterfalls.
Nature trek at Sitanadi nature camp run by Karnataka Forest Department. River rafting at Sita Nadi ( Sita river ) during monsoon ( rainy ) season i.e; June, July and August. Also can visit Kudlu Thirtha water falls. Some adventurous people trek from Someshwara which is at foot of Agumbe ghat to Agumbe at the top through old path.
Locally made products like Uppinakai(Pickles),Happala ( Pappad ), Sandige ( Mini pappad), Honey, Jack fruit ( Halasina Hannu ).
Vegetarian meals consisting of saaru,huli,pickle,majjige (butter milk) or mosaru ( curds ).Neer dosae , Sajjige bajeel for breakfast. There are few restaurants available along national highway 169A at Agumbe, Hebri, Someshwara and Sitanadi.
Kashaya a concoction of herbs or spices in boiled water.
Hebri town has very few accomodations. Udupi has many decent hotels. Recently some home stays and resorts have come up in the vicinity.
The Someshwara wildlife sanctuary is home to deadliest snake King Cobra which can be few feet long and others. Avoid going near to them. Wild animals can be dangerous,Keep distance from them.It is advisable to hire local guide as there are no clearly demarcated path within the sanctuary and also dense forest and vegetation may make you lost. If you are trekking carry Torch (flash light),water,food and other essential things with you. Primary health care is available at Hebri town but for major emergencies Udupi is the nearest town at 36 kilometre away.