Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

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Timings : 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 7-8 hrs

Entry Fee : Indians: INR 40,
Foreign Nationals: INR 80

Safari Timings : Morning - 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM; Evening - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Safari Price : INR 2500 to INR 3000 (Includes a vehicle, a guide, driver, permits)

Best Time to Visit the Sanctuary : October to April

Safari Duration : 3 to 4 hours. With 8 people in a jeep.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli Overview

A paradise for wildlife lovers, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It covers an area of 834.16 sq km and has been recognised as the second largest wildlife sanctuary in the state. Declared as the National Wildlife Sanctuary in 1956, it is home to a variety of flora and fauna including tigers, woodpeckers, hornbills, kingfishers, leopards, elephants, etc.

Along with the nearby Anshi National Park, Dandeli houses around 40 tigers. The entire forest area is covered with a mixture of dense deciduous and evergreen vegetation interspersed with bamboo and teak plants. Available in the early morning and during sunset, you can take the jungle safari to explore the wildlife. Fishing, trekking, crocodile sighting and white water rafting in the river Kali that flows through the sanctuary are some of the other adventures you can go for in the jungle.

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Jungle Safari at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Jungle safari, conducted by the wildlife reserve authorities and professional guides, is one of the most thrilling activity you will enjoy in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. The open jeep has seating arrangements for almost eight persons per trip, and the duration is three to four hours. The activity is conducted in two-time slots- in the early morning and the evening. The safari covers around 30 km of forest area which increases the chances of spotting animals. If you are lucky you can find some wild animals like Bison, Black Panther, Elephant, spotted deer or reptiles and birds.

Tips For Visiting Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

1. Avoid wearing bright coloured clothes.
2. Carry binoculars and water bottles with you.
3. Follow all the safety rules while on the jungle safari. Do not get off the jeep without permission.

Flora and Fauna at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Some of the unique animals that you will find in the sanctuary are:

1. Sloth Bears are quite strange looking creatures. They have no upper incisor teeth and have a very long tongue which helps them to suck their favourite termites. They also eat other insects, birds' eggs and honey.

2. Barking Deer lives peacefully in the sanctuary. It is not easy to spot them until they bark like a dog. Barking deer are solitary and timid. They are mostly spotted alone or in a pair than in a group. Be patient and quiet if you want to capture one in your camera.

3. The Indian Pangolin is a fascinating ant-eating creature, with overlapping scales. These unusual scales are made up of hundreds of small hairs compressed together. Like the Sloth Bear, the Pangolin likes to eat termites and ants. When it comes to defending itself from tigers and other predators, the Pangolin curls up into a ball, to let its scales protect it.

4. The Malabar Giant Squirrel or Ratufa Indica is roughly the size of a small dog, with its tail about the same length as its body. It is very shy, and when it senses danger, it flattens itself on a tree branch to blend in with the foliage. Although predominantly black, its colour ranges from mixed red to black and off-white. Remain still and keep looking closely on the nearest tree to spot one of these creatures.

When it comes to the flora, the sanctuary has different varieties of it. The entire area is covered with deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. It is famous for its high-quality Tectona grandis, Adina cordifolia, Grevillea robusta, Eucalyptus, T. bellerica, Mitragyna parviflora, Cordia macleodic, Acacia and Xylia xylocarpa. It is also rich in bamboos, herbs and climbers many of which have medicinal value.

How To Reach Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located on state highway 46 in Dandeli, Karnataka. If travelling by air, a cab can be taken from the nearest airport which is 75 km away from the sanctuary. A cab can also be taken from the nearest railway station which is 32 km away in Alnavar or 48 km away in Londa. Dharwad is the nearest town to the wildlife sanctuary, and it is well connected by roads.

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