Traveller tips to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka tourist attraction

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka is one of the rare kind of wildlife sanctuaries with variety of species of birds and wild animals. River rafting facility is also there. This article provides complete information on the sanctuary and its best attractions.

Dandeli which is situated in Uttara Kannada, considered as the best vacation spots to those who really love nature, especially wild life. In fact, this has become the leading and famous tourist destination in Karnataka.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - Kali river rafting

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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuaryis not only about wildlife - it also offers other kind of outings and picnics like adventurous sports, eco-tourism and, like a pilgrimage, it will stamp its unforgettable moments in one's mind and one will feel as if he is in the very centre of nature.

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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is exactly 125 kms away from Goa which is connected with well maintained roads from all parts. The Dandeli city is situated on the banks of the river Kali and with a backdrop of western ghats is surrounded with dense and deciduous forest and hence this Sanctuary has been considered as the richest wildlife habitats found in the world.

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The adventurous sports here will create a rush in one's adrenaline and give great enjoyment. The water sports is the key attraction here. River rafting, white water rafting in the midst of Kali river, kayaking and also canoeing with an awesome arrangements will give the visitors maximum enjoyment. One must feel and experience this river rafting here at least once at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary!

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Other than the overnight rafting facilities along with canoeing trips, trekking, cycling and mountain biking are other kind of adventurous sports available here which one should not miss.

When one feels bored with the monotony of the hectic schedules & needs a break from that, then this is right spot for leisurely life on vacation by which one unravels the natural world of mystery, as the city of Dandeli has more to offer as attractions.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - Travel and Exotic Safari Adventures

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This is the right place for wildlife enthusiasts which is ultimately appealing with abundant wildlife diversity. The sanctuary offers you the rarest kind of species of wildlife animals and you can get glimpses of Black Panther, Sambhar, Bison and also tigers in this dense forest.

The traveling here is conducted with utmost safety and with professional guides as the wild animals were seen in large numbers which includes jeep safaris. Another added attraction here is the Hornbill - the combination of great Indian Hornbill and Malabar Pied Hornbill are the two integral parts of this sanctuary. The sanctuary also often echoes with bird songs and a feast for the eyes is the glorious sunset, which pushes you to stay here for ever.

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The varieties of plants, trees and animals give you the feel of having the adventure of your lifetime with natural habitat of wild animals, exotic birds and unusual and unseen reptiles. There are elephants, pigs, rare kind of black panthers, wild dogs, monkeys, deer, mongoose and other fascinating mammals. There are others like sloth bears though odd looking with no upper incisor teeth but have a very long tongue which love to have termites. It is alos wonderful to see and hear the sound of barking deer which makes sounds like a dog as they are usually spotted alone.

Note that you are allowed to take photographs and videos with prior permission.

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The other kinds of rare animals in this sanctuary are: Indian Pangolin which is an amazing ant eating creature and the Malabar giant squirrel or Ratufa India, which is having a small physique like a dog having a body length tail.

Other rarest of rare birds here are: Great pied hornbill, blue throated barbet, peregrine falcon and Malabar pied hornbill, all in the surroundings a forest awash with colour, with a mixture of deciduous and evergreen colored trees which includes bamboo and teak plantations. The fruit bearing trees which provides foods to as many as 196 types of species of birds and some plants are medicinal and have self healing powers. One such medicinal plant which is available here is Kydia Clycina which is termed as the best medicinal plant for muscular aches and pain reliever.

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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary – Some species of birds

In this sanctuary, the species of bird are abundant and among them few are :

Bronzed Drongo, Brown Shrike, Crimson Backed Sunbird, Brown Wood Owl – heard, Chestnust Bellied Nuthatch, Chestnut Shouldered Petronia, Cattle Egret, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Brown Cheeked Fulvetta, Chestnust Tailed Starling, Collard Scops Owl – heard, Common Iora, Common Myna, Common Sandpiper, Common Tailor Bird, Common Woodshrike, Crested Serpent Eagle, Dark Fronted Babbler, Emerald Dove, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Forest Wagtail, Golden Fronted Leafbird, Great Egret, Great Tit, Greater Racket Tailed Drongo, Green Sandpiper, Greenish Warbler, Grey Breasted Prinia, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, House Crow, Grey Jungle fowl, Indian Peafowl, Bar Headed Geese, Rufous Woodpecker, White Bellied Woodpecker, Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Black Rumped Flameback, Greater Falmeback, Brown Headed Barbet, White Cheeked Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Indian Roller, Common Kingfisher, Malabar Trogon, Blue Bearded Bee-eater, Green bee-eater, Blue Tailed Bee-eater, White Throated Kingfisher, Chestnut Headed Bee-eater, Crested Tree Swift, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Heart Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Crowned Woodpecker, Greater Coucal, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Malabar Parakeet, Plum Headed Parakeet, Ashy Drongo, Ashy Wood Swallow, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Asian Fairy Blue Bird, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black Bulbul – heard, Blue Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Cuckoo, Black Drongo, Black Eagle, Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Black Hooded Oriole, Black Lored Tit, Black Naped Monarch, Black Throated Munia, Blue Capped Rock Thrush, Booted Leaf Warbler, Brahminy Kite, House Sparrow, House Swift, Indian Cormorant, Indian Nightjar, Indian Pond Heron, Intermediate Egret, Jungle Babbler, Jungle Myna, Large billed Crow, Large Cuckoo Shrike, Large Woodshrike, Little Cormorant, Little Egret, Little Spiderhunter, Long Tailed Shrike, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Oriental Magpie Robin, Oriental White Eye, Pied Bushchat, Pied Flycatcher Shrike, Purple Rumped Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Red Rumped Swallow, Red Throated Flycatcher - heard, Red Wattled Lapwing, Rufous Treepie, Scaly Breasted Munia, Scarlet Minivet, Shikra, Small Minivet, Spangled Drongo, Spotted Dove, Thick Billed Flowerpecker, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Tickell's Flowerpecker, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Verditer Flycatcher, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher, White Bellied Drongo, White Browed Wagtail, White Rumped Munia, White Rumped Shama, Wire Tailed Swallow, Wooly Necked Stork, Yellow Browed Bulbul andYellow Footed Green Pigeon.

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One can find the Malabar Pied Hornbills will flock to this Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in large quantity of numbers to feast fruit trees - this will look like a show and one should not miss this rare opportunity!

Facilities at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

For children and aged who like to enjoy adventure, white water rafting is available at Virnoli Rapids on the river Kali, You can experience it with a soaring sound in the surging water with birdsong and with filtering of sunlight through the trees - it is an awesome experience which one cannot explain in words!

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At Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary there are a lot of walking trails which gives an abundant opportunity for photography along with nature walks, bird watching fishing and boating as well as a unique crocodile spotting trip.

The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary covers most of the forest area in the Uttara Kannada district and this was authorized as sanctuary since 1956, and now it is incorporating even the Anshi National park, and thus in total this dense forest area covers around 834 square km. This forest area has an altitude of 100m to 970 m from the sea level and the highest point here at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is Hegada Temba and here the annual rainfall is from 1,250mm to 5,000mm. There is an easy access of road, rail and moreover convenient bus services.

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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit is from March to October and this sanctuary is open between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The state owned forest department provides minibus tours and there are several rest houses within and also camping facilities are provided - one among them is called as Kulgi Nature Camp and most visits here at this camp are educational visits.

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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - Distance from other important places

It is 57 km from Dharwad, 75 km from Hubli, 110 km from Belgaum, 117 kms from Karwar, 150 kms from Goa, 481 kms away from Bangalore, Pune 422 km, Hyderabad 557 km, Mumbai 580 km and from Chennai 771 km.

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How to reach Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Through air the nearest airports are at Belgaum with 110 km distance, Hubli - 75 km and Goa with 150 km. Air Deccan has the arrangements of daily flights from Mumbai and Bangalore to Belgaum, Goa and Hubli.

By train the nearest railway stations are at Alnavar with 32 km away, Londa 48 km, Dharwad 57 km and Hubli 75 km.

Through road it is well connected to Bangalore and even to Mumbai, Goa, Balgaum, Karwar, Dharwad & Hubli, many buses ply from Dandeli to other important place regularly. Pick up and drop facilities are also available on request.

Contact for tourism and lodging facilities

Karnataka Tourism
The Karnataka Tourism,
Solad Complex,
Opp. Syndicate Bank,
J N.Road,
DANDELI – 581325
Uttara Kannada District


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Author: Natarajan27 Apr 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Ganeshgudi, near Dandeli, is the Mecca for bird watchers from South India. The forest in Dandeli is also known for black panthers if one is lucky to sight them.
Jungle lodges, run by Karnataka Government, has the well known 'Old Magazine House' resort that is rustic but more than enough for the serious nature lovers and bird watchers. They have a one day package inclusive of three meals and accommodation, the package includes nature walks or bird sighting walks. One can arrange white water rafting if needed at extra cost. Reservations can be done online ( This is an ideal place for a break from the city life and for bird lovers.

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