Yellapur forest division is situated in the eastern part of Uttara Kannada district with Dharwar and Haveri districts in the east. The division is spread over two taluks, viz., Yellapur and Mundgod. The total forest area of the division including Betta lands (protected forest) is 1,68,986.66 hectares which constitute 86.97 of the geographical area of the division (1,902.28 Km²). The division is drained by a number of rivers such as Kali, Bedti, Dharma, Tattihalla, etc. Out of the above, Dharma is east-flowing the others are west flowing. Yellapur division has three sub-divisions, namely, Yellapur, Manchikeri and Mundgod, and consists of six ranges, namely, Yellapur, Kirwatti, Manchikeri, Idagunji, Mundgod and Katur ranges. It has 28 sections and 76 beats. There are two timber depots, at Kirwatti and Mundgod. Yellapur division has dry deciduous forests in its eastern part, moist deciduous forest in the central part, and semi-evergreen forests in the western part which, in very favourable localities, tend to wet evergreen forests.