Belagavi forest division is located in the north western part of Karnataka state bordering the states of Goa and Maharashtra. The division occupies a portion of Belagavi district, the remaining part being in Ghataprabha (Gokak) forest division. The total notified forest area of the division is 1,23,047 Sq km, hectares which constitute about 27.25 of the geographical area of the division (4,515.52 Km²). The division has three sub-divisions, namely, Nagargali, Khanapur and Belagavi sub-divisions, and consists of ten ranges, namely, Belagavi, Golihalli, Gujanal, Kakathi, Kanakumbi, Khanapura, Londa, Nagaragali, Nesargi and Bhimgad Wildlife ranges. There is one Wildlife Sanctuary in the division, namely, Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary (19,042 ha). It is situated in Khanapur taluk, and primarily comprises evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of Hemmadga and jamboti. Wildlife found in the Sanctuary includes tiger, panther, wild dog, bison, sambar, spotted deer, king cobra, etc. The Bhimgad forests are notable for the Barapede caves, breeding area of the Wroughton’s free-tailed bat.