Tourists are 'recommended' to visit the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary on their trip to Bhadravathi. The name of this sanctuary is derived from Bhadra River that flows in the region. Sprawling over a vast area of 490 sq km, the sanctuary is located amidst dry and moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats.
In 1951, this area was declared as the natural reserve, also recognized as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve. It got its present name in 1974 and was declared as 25th Project Tiger later in 1998. Various species of animals including leopard, elephant, gaur, sambar, tiger, deer, muntjac and porcupine are found in this sanctuary.
Tourists can also see numerous species of birds such as southern green imperial pigeon, emerald dove, Malabar parakeet, hill myna and great black woodpecker. Reptiles like king cobras and Indian rock pythons along with other types of butterflies like bamboo tree brown, great orange tip, tailed jay and blue pansy can also be seen here.
Along with fauna, this sanctuary has around 120 species of plants including Combretaceae and Indigoberry (Randia Dumetorum) that covers the major area of the sanctuary. Apart from these, the sanctuary houses teak, Indian kino tree, kindal, kydia calycina, indigo, toddy palm, axlewood, jalari, jamba tree and slow match tree.