"The calm and peaceful Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is reputed as the largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka."

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Dandeli Wildlife Banner, Wildlife Tour Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary abounds with a richness of Flora and Fauna. Its richness and diversity offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience all the sights and sounds of the lush forests of Dandeli with a wildlife safari. Travel by jeep with experienced guides who will take you on the adventure of a lifetime, and delve deep into the natural habitat of wild animals, exotic birds and unusual reptiles.

Travel through beautiful wooded trails and appreciate the rich diversity of plant and animal life as the colours, scents and textures of this extraordinary landscape unfold before you.

If there were a 'Who's Who' of exotic creatures then the inhabitants of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary would fill it! Elephants, wild pigs, tigers, rare black panthers, wild dogs, monkeys, deer and mongoose are just some of the fascinating mammals you can see while you are there.
Some of the more unusual mammals to look out for in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Sloth Bears are pretty odd looking creatures, they have no upper incisor teeth but have a very long tongue and they just love termites - love eating them, that is! The long tongue and lack of upper incisors help them to suck as many termites into their mouths as possible.

They have feet which turn inwards and long claws which they use to dig at termite hills. They also eat other insects, birds' eggs and honey, and they have been spotted shaking trees and climbing them to get fruit.
Barking Deer live quietly in the sanctuary, you would hardly know they are there, apart from their call which sounds like a dog. If you are rowing down the Kali river and think you hear a dog barking - think again! Barking deer are solitary and timid, more usually spotted alone or in a pair than in a group. Be patient (and quiet) if you want to photograph one.
The Indian Pangolin is an amazing ant-eating creature, with overlapping scales which make it look like a Medieval knight in armour! These unusual scales are made up of hundreds of tiny hairs compressed together.
Like the Sloth Bear, the Pangolin likes to snack on termites and ants and has long claws which it uses to dig them up. When it comes to defending itself from tigers and other predators, the Pangolin curls up into a ball, letting it's scales protect it.

The Malabar Giant Squirrel or Ratufa Indica is roughly the size of a small dog, with it's tail about the same length as it's body. It is very shy and, if it senses danger, it will flatten itself on a tree branch and blend in with the foliage. Although predominantly black, colouring can range through mixed red to black and off-white. Keep still and train your eyes on the nearest tree to spot one of these creatures.

Local Flora and Fauna and why Dandeli is a bird spotter's paradise
The forest here is awash with colour, a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees including bamboo and teak plantations. The many fruit bearing trees provide food for the 196 species of birds in the area, and many of the plants are revered for their healing and medicinal properties. For example, the leaves of the Kydia Clycina are used to relieve muscular aches and pains.

Some of the birds which inhabit the area are the Great Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, Peregrine falcon and the curious-looking Malabar Pied Hornbill. This bird is quite large and has a yellow beak with a hard, helmet-like bump on top, called a 'casque'.
During August and September, Malabar Pied Hornbills flock to the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in large numbers to feast on the fruit trees. They create quite a show - not to be missed!

White water rafting, boating and crocodile sighting trips are also on offer For adults and children who enjoy thrills and adventure, there is white water rafting at the Virnoli Rapids on the Kali river - imagine soaring through the surging water to the sounds of exotic birdsong, with sunlight filtering through the trees. An experience you'll never forget!
If you want a more gentle way to appreciate the environment then the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary also offers nature walks, bird watching, boating and fishing, and crocodile spotting trips.
here are many varied walking trails which give plenty of opportunities for photography, and an evening paddling down the Kali river in a coracle or canoe is both relaxing and exciting, as you spot a rare mammal or reptile - even a croc!

More about Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary covers part of the rich forests of the Uttara Kannada District, on the banks of the river Kali. It was authorised as a sanctuary on 10th May 1956, and has since reduced in size, now incorporating the Anshi National Park. The sanctuary now covers an area of 834.16 square kilometres.

Altitude varies from 100m to 970m, the highest point is the Hegada Temba. Annual rainfall varies between 1250mm and 5000mm, averaging at 2500mm per year. There is easy access by road and rail, and convenient bus services.
The best time to enjoy the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is between March and October and the centre is open between 6am and 6pm. The forestry department provides minibus tours to the sanctuary and there are rest houses within its grounds. Camping facilities are at the nearby Kulgi Nature Camp, and large groups on educational visits can be easily accommodated.
There are so many attractions and opportunities on offer at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, whether you choose action and adventure with white water rafting or slow the pace down with peaceful birdwatching and wildlife photography. You'll be spoilt for choice!

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