Imagine a park brimming with colorful butterflies, of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Sounds like a scene out of a dream, but Sammilan Shetty has realized that dream into reality. The Karnatka state’s first privately-owned butterfly park at Belvai village near Moodbidri, Mangalore developed by Mr Sammilan Shetty, where he grows and conserves a variety of butterflies.
Butterfly park Moodbidri is spread across 7.35 acres and located on the fringe of Kanthavara forest between Moodbidri and Karkala on NH-13. The park is home to more than 100 species of butterflies, including some endemic and dazzling species like Malabar Branded Peacock (Papilio budha), Southern Birdwing (Troides minos), Malabar Rose, Paris Peacock (Papilio paris) and Tamil Lacewing (Cethosia nietneri). Parks mission is to conserve butterflies of the Western Ghats.
Butterfly Park’s Visitors Timings
Visitors are welcome every Sunday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.
Photo Gallery of Butterfly Park Moodbidri
About Sammilan Shetty
Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park founded in the year 2011, with the aim of conserving the dwindling butterflies of Western Ghats, was the brainchild of a passionate butterfly lover and conservationist, Sammilan Shetty. A born nature lover from a village called Belvai near Moodbidri, he did his schooling at Rotary English Medium School, Moodbidri and then studied at Sri Bhuvanendra College, Karkala. Having spent most of his time exploring the secondary forests in his village, increased his interest in nature. He would observe birds, search for their nests, admire fishes in streams and the other wildlife he came across. His special interest for butterflies grew when he was allotted a project on “Study of local butterflies” by his Zoology teacher Shri Ashok C H, during his graduation days at Alva’s College Moodbidri, in the year 2006. Since then he has been keenly observing these winged beauties and dedicated himself to conserve them. The idea of setting up a butterfly park for conservation, was born after he came across a write up on, Gardening for Butterflies-by Isaac Kehimkar in his book, “The Book of Indian Butterflies”. This has later lead to serious awareness programmes and conservation activities through the park.
How to Reach Butterfly Park Moodbidri
Belavi is located in the foot of Kanthavara forest, in between the two famous towns Moodabidri and Karkala, about 42 kms from Mangalore city and 60 kms from Agumbe. Contact Mangalore Taxi and Travel Services at +91-9972722878 to book Taxi to see colorful butterflies at Sammilan Shetty’s Belavi Butterfly Park.
Contact Address Butterfly Park Moodbidri
Butterfly Park Road, Belvai Village
Mangalore, Karnataka, 574213