Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka
Location: 485 km from Bangalore, 125 km from Goa, 75 km from Hubli, 93 kms from Karwar
Area : 5729.07sq. Kms
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About Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
The calm and peaceful Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is reputed as the largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Nestling some very rare animal and birds is an unspoilt, untouched and unexplored treasure of wildlife that is sure to leave you spellbound. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary abounds with a richness of Flora and Fauna. Its richness and diversity offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape. The sanctuary is generally undulating with steep slopes with picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain. The breathtaking valleys, regal looking meandering rivers and the splendid scenic beauty of the syntheri rock make it an awe inspiring experience. The forest in Dandeli is typical moist deciduous and semi evergreen types, with pockets of every green.
Spread over 834.16 sq.km the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is the second largest in Karnataka and is contiguous with the Mahaveer sanctuary in Goa.
The undulating streams, swaying bamboos, abundance of wildlife, sylvan surroundings and trekking tracts make Dandeli sanctuary a unique holiday destination. River /kali and its tributaries, Kaneri and Nagajhari, meander through the forest. Sighting animals is difficult and always involves an element of luck. The sanctuary is home o the barking, spotted and mouse deer, sloth bear, panther, tiger, gaur, elephant, wild dog, civet cat, bison, jackal, langur and giant flying squirrel, besides a variety of colourful birds and reptiles. The reptilian and amphibian fauna of the region include a variety of ruffles and frogs.
Evening ride in a coracle (a circular boat, woven with bamboo and lined with buffalo hide), down the river Kali is memorable. The leisurely drift of the coracle allows you to watch hornbills returning to nest in tall trees on river banks, observe darters drying their plumes on deadwood entrenched in the river and admire egrets flying against an orange sky.
35 km from Dandeli National Park is Syntheri rocks, awsome monolithic granite structure amidst thich forest, with the perennial river Kaneri flowing by its side. There are innumerable trekking trails and fishing spots at Dandeli.
In the Dandeli National Park. It has well furnished tents, dormitories, a herbarium, well stocked library, video film screening etc. Jungle safaris are arranged for tourists both during morning and evening hours.
The main wildlife species include elephant, tiger, leopard, gaur, flying squirrel, mouse deer etc., and main bird species include magpie robin, golden backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and a large variety of other birds.
Prime Wildlife Attractions
Sloth Bear, Bush Grail, Deer, Elephant, Sambar, Tiger, Gaur, Panther and Partridge are some of the many inhabitants of the sanctuary.
Main Wildlife Attractions: Crocodiles
Ulavi Temple, Karwar and Kali Wilderness Camp for white water rafting and other adventure activities.
Enjoying The Wild
The sanctuary offers wildlife safaris in jeeps, nature walks, bird watching, crocodile sighting trips, fishing, coracle boat rides, trekking in the jungles of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.
Where to Stay
Completely furnished-tented cottages with attached baths. Rooms at spacious lodge with attached baths.
Hotels & Resorts in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
|Bison River Resorts|
Located on the scenic banks of the magnificient River Kali, A short drive from Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary, lies Bison River Resort. BISON RIVER RESORT offers tastefully decorated rooms each with a panoramic view of the fascinating River kali.
Wildlife in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Important animals at dandeli wildlife sanctuary are panthers, tigers, gaurs, wild dogs, elephants, civet cats, bison, jackals, langurs, mouse deer, sloth bear and giant flying squirrels.
It is also a house for many birds species like magpie robin, crested serpent eagle and golden backed woodpecker etc. It is also famous for variety of fishes as well as reptiles.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Travel Information
Location : Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India.
485 km from Bangalore, 125 km from Goa, 75 km from Hubli, 93 kms from Karwar, Karnataka.
Area : 5729.07sq. Kms.
Nearest Access : Hubli, Karwar
Main Wildlife Found : Crocodiles
Weather : Winter temperature 26o C and summer, 33o C.
Time to Visit : Best time to visit would be October to June.
How to Reach
By Air : The nearest airport is Dabolim (Goa), 145km.
By Rail : Major railheads around Dandeli are: Londa - 25km, Dharwad - 57km, and Hubli - 72km.
By Road : Dandeli Sanctuary is connected by road to Dharwad (57km), Hubli (72km), Belgaum (109km), Goa (145) km, and Bangalore 480km.