Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari was established in 1988 and is located 15 Kms north-west of Shimoga on the way to Sagar.
It is a wild life park with wild animals like tigers, lions, leopards, and sloth bear etc., left to roam in fenced natural surrounding. The whole park covers an area of 200 hectares of thick forest.
There is also a small zoo with panthers, birds and other animals and is maintained very well by the forest department.
A children park is maintained in the zoo for the children to enjoy. It is a popular picnic spot for people living in the surrounding areas.
The safari can be best enjoyed in the jeep safaris conducted by the forest department. Apart from the wild animals the thick green jungle itself is very inviting and beautiful with deciduous trees and other small shrubs.
I found an interesting tree called the spindle tree here. Wild flowers like pink and white mallow, yellow small star flowers and many unidentifiable flowers had bloomed all over the place.
The other places of interest nearby are:
Settihalli Wildlife Sanctuary (8Kms), Koodali, which is the confluence of Tunga and Bhadra situated at 16 Km from Shimoga, Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp 14 km from Shimoga and Tunga Anecut / Dam, which is 10 Km from Shimoga. 90Kms from Shimoga is Jog Falls, Ikkeri, Keladi, Varadamoola, and Varadahalli.
Type of Place: Wild life Safari
Distance: 15 Kms from Shimoga, 280 Kms from Bangalore, 200 Kms from Mangalore
Transport: The place is well connected by road and rail. Nearest Rail : Shimoga
Facilities: Rest room is available, a small tea and snack shop functions inside the park
Timing: 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m and 2:15 p.m to 5:00 p.m
Every Tuesday is holiday. On national holidays public entry into safari is prohibited
Deputy Conservator of Forests, Tyavarekoppa Lion Safari
Shimoga Wildlife Division,
Shimoga – 577 201