Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
About- Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its good tiger population. This wildlife sanctuary is located in Uttara Kannada district in south Indian state of Karnataka. Spread over an area of 475 Km2 this place is a home for many animal and plant species. This sanctuary came into existence in the year 1998 and in year 2006 it became one of the important Tiger Reserves of India. Apart from tigers this sanctuary is home to elephants as well who were actually migrated from other districts during British regime. The water source for the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is Kali River which is a life line for this sanctuary and also attracts the nature lovers to this place.
Flora and fauna-
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. In addition to tiger and elephant population in this place you will also find many other mammals like Black panthers, Slender Loris, wild dogs, wild pigs, common Langur, Sambhar, spotted deer, mongoose etc. The sanctuary is also a home for about 300 species of birds and therefore is one of the most popular tourist destinations for bird lovers. Malabar Pied Hornbill can be easily spotted near the river anytime during the day and some other birds that you can spot here are Golden Back Woodpecker, Indian Cuckoo, Serpent Eagle, Magpie Robin etc. You will also see many rare herbal plants growing near river Kali. Even the river has a huge variety of fishes in it.
White water rafting - White water rafting is the most popular fun activity in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. The beautiful flow of River Kali attracts the domestic and international tourists to this small town.
Tiger trail - As this sanctuary is one of the popular Tiger Reserves in India; this is a place where you can spot tigers easily. Tiger Trail is one of the activities people love to do in Dandeli and at the same time one can also encounter many other wild animals here.
Bird watching - Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a heaven for bird lovers. Wake up early and you will be surprised to find more than 300 species of birds at one place. This is the best time to shoot most of the birds through your camera.
Camping - Camping in beautiful and thick forest is another fun activity tourists love and you can do it a lot in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka.
Fishing - River Kali has a variety of fishes in it. If you like you can enjoy angling and fishing in this river.
How to reach ?
» By Air - At a distance of 44 km is the nearest domestic airport which is Hubli Airport. Then there is Belgaum at 62 Km where you can find another domestic airport, the Sambre Airport.
» BY Train - The nearest railhead is located at a distance of 35 km in Alnavar. You can get trains for some important destinations from here.
» By Road -This place is well connected by buses. You can easily get private and public buses for and from Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best time to visit
The temperature is moderate throughout the year. Winters are best for bird watching activities and white water rafting. For water sports you should come during summers.