Dandeli wildlife sanctuary
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Dandeli wildlife sanctuary

  • Location : 93 kms from Karwar, Karnataka

  • Coverage area : 5729.07 sq. kms

  • Best time to visit : October to April

  • Nearby excursions : Anshi Wildlife Sanctuary, Kavala Caves, Molangi Falls

  • Nearby cities : Karwar


The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary finds its home in the Uttar Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. It lies in the Western Ghats region and hence it is blooming with rich biodiversity. Area wise, it is the second largest sanctuary. However, the exotic creatures found here are second to none. Situated on the banks of River Kali, it is surrounded by majestic hills and thick forests of the Uttara Kannada district.


Location

The region is spread over 834.16 sq.km. It is located in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. It is located between 15°30’ N and 74°23’ E.


Geographical landscape

The sanctuary has a different altitude ranging from 100m to 970m in height. The forest type is evergreen and deciduous forests.


Climate conditions

Dandeli experiences heavy rainfalls in the monsoon seasons of June to September. While in the summers the temperature reaches 33°C and it faces a low of 26°C in the winter months. The climate is pleasant throughout the year.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit would be from October to April. However, the months of December to February is when you will experience Dandeli at its best, for the weather is pleasant and cold. Bird lovers should visit Dandeli in October to November as this is the best time to experience the birds of Dandeli.


Nearby wildlife sanctuaries

  • Anshi National Park

  • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Mundigekere Bird Sanctuary

  • Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary


The flora

The exotic flora is the main reason why so many animals dwell in this region; the rich vegetation allows them to live peacefully in this area. Bamboo and teak trees are abundant. There are many creepers, trees, shrubs and plants in this region. You will find trees of Eucalyptus, Tectona Grandis, Adina Cordifolia, Acacia, Xylia, orchids, etc. You will also find Jamun, Mango, Behda, Fern, etc. in abundance here.


The fauna

You will find a variety of animals and birds in this area. The animals are in abundance, and with the efforts of the Tiger Reserve Project, the count of tigers here has gone up from 13 to 40. This place is home to the Elephant, Leopard, Guar, Tigers, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, the black panther, The Indian pangolin, the Malabar Giant Squirrel, Indian Bison, Spotted Deer, Malabar Civet, etc. Many reptiles are dwelling in Dandeli which include the viper, rat snake, King Cobra, Python, etc.

The area is a heaven for bird lovers. Many types of birds are spotted in and around the sanctuary area. There are around 200 species of birds found here. Some of the birds found here are the Blue Throated Barbet, Peregrine Falcon, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Peafowl, Woodpeckers (Rufous, White Bellied, Brown Capped Pygmy, Yellow Crowned), Kingfishers, Cuckoo, Drongo, Bulbul, Jungle Babbler, etc.


Distance from major cities

  • Hubli, 65 km

  • Belgaum, 86 km

  • Bangalore, 456 km

  • Mumbai, 581 km

  • Ahmedabad, 1090 km

  • Chennai, 809 km

  • Kochi, 902 km

  • Hyderabad, 560 km

  • Indore, 1034 km

  • Delhi, 1984 km

  • Chandigarh, 2220 km


How to get there ?

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There are many ways to get to Dandeli. It is well connected to the national highway and is also close to several Airports and Railway stations.

Nearest airport

The Nearest Airport to Dandeli is the Hubli airport which is around 75 km away from the Sanctuary. There are other airports not too far away, including Belgaum, Goa and Bangalore. From any of these airports, you can take a bus or book a car service to get to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nearest railway station

The Alnavar railway station is around 32 km away from Dandeli, while you can also get down at the other stations like Londa, Dharwad and Hubli, all of these are less than 100 kms away from Dandeli. There are usually bus stations right outside railway stations so you can opt for buses or you can book a car service to get you to Dandeli.

By road

The road is well connected from various cities and towns like Bangalore, Goa, Hubli. At any of these places, you can easily book a bus service or a car service.

Where to stay ?

Since Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in a hotspot of Wildlife Sanctuaries, there are many places resorts and hotels in and around the area which are close to the Sanctuary. Some of the places you can stay at are:

Outside the park

  • Hornbill Resort, 28 km

  • Panther Stay Jungle Resort, 2 km

  • Jungle Nest Resort, 2 km

  • Bison River Resort, 20 km

  • Whistling Woodz Resort, 24 km

Things to do in and around dandeli wildlife sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary has a lot to offer to tourists. For the Wildlife enthusiasts, there are Safaris available throughout the day. You can enjoy a jungle safari between 6 am to 9 am or between 3 pm to 6 pm. From 1st July to 30th September is the best time to visit since the Safaris are open to all in this time. The park is open in October to June.

Since the river Kali surrounds Dandeli, you can always go for River Rafting. There are treks and bird watching tours organised by local tour guides which are available. The Anshi Wildlife Sanctuary is a neighbour to the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary; it can be your next trip destination. The Kavala Caves are around 25 kms away from Dandeli; it is a beautiful destination where you'll get to know more about the caves and the history of India. The Syntheri Rock resides in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary; it is a 300 ft tall rock which stands as a great tourist destination in the Sanctuary.

Places around dandeli wildlife sanctuary

Many places around Dandeli grab one's attention; the area is blessed with a beautiful nature. Some of the places you could visit while you plan a trip to Dandeli is:

  • Anshi Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Kavala Caves

  • Molangi Falls

  • Kulgi Nature Camp

  • Shivani Fort

  • Magod Falls

  • All these places are within 100 kms radius of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.

Travel tips

Avoid using flash while you're clicking photos in the jungle; this scares the animals and birds. Wear camouflage clothes. Use insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away. Carry a first aid kit with you at all times.


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