January 4, 2016

Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve

Vast open grasslands in Maidenahalli have been conserved as a reserve forest area to protect the black bucks (Antilope Cervicapra). Expansive open lands which seem endless has a dirt road meandering through its midriff with distant hills and tall grasses on either side. These gorgeous species of deer can be spotted sauntering across and raising its head on hearing a noise. Quite shy, they scamper away on hearing the slightest of sound. One can drive their private vehicle through the reserve and spot the bucks freely roaming around. There are a few watch towers which offer expansive vistas. The reserve also has numerous avian fauna apart from other mammals such as jackals and mongoose . The place is also known for its spectacular sunsets.







This reserve is definitely off the beaten path and with hardly any direction markers, requires quite an effort and numerous stops to ask the locals for directions. Hope the authorities would take interest to help visitors locate the place more comfortably. There are no hotels nearby and it is recommended to carry ample water.  

This is the second largest blackbuck reserve in Karnataka after the one in Ranebennur. Located in Tumkur district, near Maidenahalli village, this conservation reserve is about 125 Kms from Bangalore (via Doddabellapur- Gauribidanur- Kodigenahalli).

32 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! The pics have come out well buddy...

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  2. I have been here a nice place. Very true about hard finding the route to this place.
    Pics from our visit. http://aruntravelpics.blogspot.com/2014/02/jayamangali-blackbuck-reserve.html

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  3. Very nice post.. Will visit this place soon..

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  4. Lovely pics.. Beautiful animal!

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  5. the place has been on my wishlist for a long time. Thanks for sparking that wish once again.

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    1. Glad to re-kindle that interest. Enjoy your visit.

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  6. you got some good clicks.. it is a nice place

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  7. Hmm...sounds like a haven for these meek creatures. The reserve sure looks beautiful too.
    Lovely pictures, Nomad. :)

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    1. Thank you, Divya. Absolutely gorgeous Black bucks.

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  8. Beautiful Pictures! I didnt even know about this place.

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  9. lovely clicks... reminds me of my trip to Gir

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  10. This looks like a lovely place. I had no idea there were any blackbuck sanctuaries in Bangalore - thanks for this info!
    - Charukesi

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  11. Absolutely, Charukesi. Head there soon.

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  12. Amazing shots!! I (as environment specialist) would rather prefer it remains less known... already seen what a circus 'tourists' make of popular national parks n reserves.

    www.myunfinishedlife.com

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    1. Thanks, Sushmita. Hopefully it remains the same for a long period.

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  13. Good to know about this sanctuary

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    1. Head soon, am sure you will like this offbeat place.

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