Shettihalli in Shimoga district is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Karnataka. November to December is the best season to visit the sanctuary. It spreads over 385 sq. kilometers of lush greenery. Unlike other sanctuaries, there are human settlements inside this sanctuary. This makes it quite unique.
The Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is also a home to many threatened and endangered species of animals like white backed vultures, Indian Nightjar and White bellied drongo. Other animal species you can find in this dense forest area include jackals, tigers, elephants, leopards, marsh crocodiles, king cobras, sloth bears, mongoose, langurs and pythons.
Shettihalli sanctuary is 30 kms away from Teerthahalli. Shimoga railway station is the closest railhead and Mangalore airport is the nearest airport to Shettihalli. Bus services are available to and from Shettihalli to nearby towns like Shimoga and Sagar. The famous Jog falls is located near this sanctuary.