Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Somwarpet Taluk. It is recognised as one of the most important bird areas of the world and many endangered bird species like the gray-breasted laughing thrush, black, orange flycatcher and Nilgiri flycatcher, take shelter in this sanctuary.
Kadamakkal reserve forest is part of the sanctuary and it adjoins Bisle reserve forest at the north and the Kukke Subramanya at the west. The height of the sanctuary varies from 160 m to 1712 m in different places.
The highest peak here is the Pushpagiri hill and the sanctuary also includes the Kumaraparvat peak. The steep hilly terrain of this sanctuary is full of swamps and waterfalls. 70% of it is covered by one of the largest tropical forests of Karnataka.
There are evergreen, semi-evergreen trees and also vast grasslands covering the whole area. Different wildlife species like the wild dog, brown palm civet, Indian giant squirrel, Indian hare, spotted deer, sambar, Indian muntjac, gaur, Asian elephant, wild pig, giant flying squirrel etc., can be found here. Nilgiri wood-pigeon, blue-winged parakeet, gray-headed bulbul, Malabar grey hornbill, white-bellied blue flycatcher and small sunbird are some of the birds found in this sanctuary.
Different reptiles like the common cobra, Indian rock python, rat snake, olive keelback, king cobra and bamboo pit viper are also part of this wildlife.