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SANCTUARY SPOTLIGHT

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary


This is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka, home to some rare animals and birds.

Here, you can sight crocodiles basking in the sun after a hearty meal and catch a glimpse of cheerful water birds flocking home.

The sanctuary is contiguous with the Mahaveer Sanctuary in Goa.

The diverse landscape provides a lot of opportunities to enjoy Nature's glory.

The sanctuary is most undulating with some steep slopes, swaying bamboo, deep river valleys and hilly terrain.

The river Kali and its tributaries, Kaneri and Nagajhari, meander through the forest.

The vegetation is moist deciduous and semi evergreen, with pockets of evergreen.

Area: 475 sq. km.

Animals found: Sloth bear, barking, spotted, sambar, mouse deer, elephant, tiger, panther, wild dog, civet cat, bison, jackal, langur and giant flying squirrel.

Birds: Malabar-pied hornbill, grey hornbill, great pied hornbill, magpie, robin, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, partridge, bush grail, darter, egret and white-breasted kingfisher.

Reptiles: Crocodiles and various kinds of snakes, including the king cobra.

What to do: Wildlife safaris in jeeps, Nature walks, bird watching, crocodile sighting trips, fishing, coracle rides and trekking in the jungles.

The Syntheri rocks, an awesome monolithic granite structure in the middle of a forest, is 35 km from here.

The park also has a herbarium, well-stocked library, video film screening etc.

Jungle safaris are arranged for tourists both during mornings and evenings.

The forest is home to the Vincholi rapids, the Supa Dam, Nagajhari Viewpoint, Kulgi Nature Education Camp, Kavla Caves with their Shivling-like stalagmites, and Sykes Point that offers a breathtaking view of the Kalinadi Valley.

How to go: Dandeli is 485 km from Bangalore, 125 km from Goa, 75 km from Hubli and 93 km from Karwar.

Accommodation: The sanctuary has furnished tents and dormitories.

Tented accommodation is available at Kulgi Nature Camp.

Tariff ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 450.

When to go: October to March

Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forests,

Wildlife Division,

Dandeli,

Uttara Kannada - 581325. Ph: 08284-231585

or e-mail dcfwldandeli@

sancharnet.in.

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