Friday, 23 September 2016

Galibore--A hidden treasure.

Tucked away from the city limits, in the middle of the forests is a place with abundant wildlife culture. Sangama is a popular destination for more than one reason. It is said that the river Kaveri meets it's tributaries at this place. A holy trademark for all pilgrims who'd take an anxious dip in the river to wipe off their sins. 

Little ahead of Sangama, on the banks of river Kaveri, a dusty road takes us to a typical scrub forest. According to the forest department, the region is infested by wild elephants and a lone tiger.

Cauvery wild life sanctuary is a protected forest that is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Surrounded by agricultural lands and historic temples, the place has various species of birds and mammals. 

European Bee Eater (A winter migrant).
Kestrel.
A small lake on the way to Galibore had Spot billed pelicans, Painted Storks, Open bill storks, Cormorants and many others.
Collared Dove.
Yellow Eyed Babbler.
Indian Cuckoo.(A lifer).
The rough patch of Sangama to Galibore fishing camp offers a great treat to eyes. I was thrilled to have so many lifers at once.

Crested Hawk Eagle.
That look..!
Shikra--Female.
Common Hawk Cuckoo.
Black  Storks.
Smooth coated otter, black stork, Woolly necked stork.
Tri-colored Munia.
Spot the Jungle Owlet.
Jungle Owlet--habitat shot.

Stare of an owlet..!

Brown Hawk Owl.
The Grizzled Giant Squirrel--found in the parts of CWLS. Termed as an endangered specie.

Indian Roller, state bird of Karnataka.
What more could I have asked for? A large marsh crocodile secretly moving on the banks, otters playing on a delta, Black storks, couple of Chitals drinking water from the river, foot prints of elephants and of course shrill calls of Lesser fishing eagles..! Unforgettable, totally.

Ebird check list:- 

Distance from Bengaluru: 90 kms.
Accommodation: Jungle Lodges : http://www.junglelodges.com/galibore-nature-camp/

Statutory Caution: The region is infested by Wild elephants, hence please do not explore the forest on your own since there are high changes of getting lost. Respect the forest guidelines by not littering the area or consuming alcohol.