Sirsi forest division is situated in the south-western part of Uttara Kannada district bordering Shivamogga district in the west. It covers Sirsi and Siddapur taluks and a small part of Mundgod taluk. The total forest area of the division including Betta lands (protected forest) is 1,71,828.17 hectares which constitute 79.04 of the total geographical area of the division (2,173.90 Km²). The major rivers draining the division are Aghanashini, Sharavathi, Varada, Sonda, Dharma and Bedti. Dharma and Varada rivers drain towards the east and eventually join the Tunga-Bhadra River. The other rivers are west-flowing and join the Arabian Sea. Bedti is known as Gangavali in the downstream areas. Sirsi division has three sub-divisions, namely, Sirsi, Janmane and Siddapur sub-divisions, and consists of six ranges, namely, Sirsi, Hulekal, Banavasi, Janmane, Siddapur and Kyadgi ranges. There are 22 sections and 78 beats in the division. There are two timber depots, at Chipgi and Manmane. Sirsi division primarily harbors semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests with pockets of wet evergreen forests in the valleys. Portions of the forests of the division towards the east tend to be scrubby.