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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: 485 km from Bangalore, 125 km from Goa, 75 km from Hubli, 93 kms from Karwar
Area : 5729.07sq. Kms

Dandeli - An Amazing Gateway to Nature and Adventure!
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 (Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary): 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

Optional Visits:
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.

There are over 200 species of birds in and around Dandeli, including:

1) Grey Jungle fowl
2) Indian Peafowl
3) Bar Headed Geese
4) Rufous Woodpecker
5) White Bellied Woodpecker
6) Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
7) Yellow Crowned Woodpecker
8) Heart Spotted Woodpecker
9) Black Rumped Flameback
10) Greater Falmeback
11) Brown Headed Barbet
12) White Cheeked Barbet
13) Coppersmith Barbet
14) Malabar Grey Hornbill
15) Malabar Pied Hornbill
16) Great Hornbill
17) Malabar Trogon
18) Indian Roller
19) Common Kingfisher
20) White Throated Kingfisher
21) Blue Bearded Bee-eater
22) Green bee-eater
23) Blue Tailed Bee-eater
24) Chestnut Headed Bee-eater
25) Eurasian Cuckoo
26) Greater Coucal
27) Vernal Hanging Parrot
28) Plum Headed Parakeet
29) Malabar Parakeet
30) House Swift
31) Crested Tree Swift
32) Collard Scops Owl – heard
33) Brown Wood Owl – heard
34) Indian Nightjar
35) Blue Rock Pigeon
36) Mountain Imperial Pigeon
37) Spotted Dove
38) Emerald Dove
39) Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
40) Green Sandpiper
41) Common Sandpiper
42) Red Wattled Lapwing
43) Brahminy Kite
44) Grey Headed Fish Eagle
45) Crested Serpent Eagle
46) Black Eagle
47) Shikra
48) Oriental Honey Buzzard
49) Changeable Hawk Eagle
50) Little Cormorant
51) Indian Cormorant
52) Little Egret
53) Great Egret
54) Intermediate Egret
55) Cattle Egret
56) Indian Pond Heron
57) Grey Heron
58) Wooly Necked Stork
59) Asian Fairy Blue Bird
60) Golden Fronted Leafbird
61) Brown Shrike
62) Long Tailed Shrike
63) Pied Flycatcher Shrike
64) Rufous Treepie
65) House Crow
66) Large billed Crow
67) Ashy Wood Swallow
68) Eurasian Golden Oriole
69) Black Hooded Oriole
70) Large Cuckoo Shrike
71) Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike
72) Small Minivet
73) Scarlet MInivet
74) Black Drongo
75) Ashy Drongo
76) White Bellied Drongo
77) Bronzed Drongo
78) Spangled Drongo
79) Greater Racket Tailed Drongo
80) Black Naped Monarch
81) Asian Paradise Flycatcher
82) Common Iora
83) Large Woodshrike
84) Common Woodshrike
85) Blue Capped Rock Thrush
86) Malabar Whistling Thrush
87) Asian Brown Flycatcher
88) Red Throated Flycatcher - heard
89) White Bellied Blue Flycatcher
90) Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
91) Verditer Flycatcher
92) Oriental Magpie Robin
93) White Rumped Shama
94) Pied Bushchat
95) Chestnust Tailed Starling
96) Common Myna
97) Jungle Myna
98) Chestnust Bellied Nuthatch
99) Velvet Fronted Nuthatch
100) Great Tit
101) Black Lored Tit
102) Wire Tailed Swallow
103) Red Rumped Swallow
104) Yellow Browed Bulbul
105) Black Bulbul – heard
106) Grey Breasted Prinia
107) Oriental White Eye
108) Common Tailor Bird
109) Booted Leaf Warbler
110) Greenish Warbler
111) Dark Fronted Babbler
112) Jungle Babbler
113) Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
114) Thick Billed Flowerpecker
115) Chestnut Shouldered Petronia
116) Tickell’s Flowerpecker
117) Purple Rumped Sunbird
118) Crimson Backed Sunbird
119) Purple Sunbird
120) Little Spiderhunter
121) House Sparrow
122) Forest Wagtail
123) Grey Wagtail
124) White Browed Wagtail
125) White Rumped Munia
126) Black Throated Munia
127) Scaly Breasted Munia

During August and September, Malabar Pied Hornbills flock to the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in large numbers to feast on the fruit trees. They create quite a show - not to be missed!

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