Wild and Scenic: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature Lover? Adrenaline Junkie? Whatever you call yourself, here''s a hot new destination on the Indian traveler''s map. Located in Karnataka, the little town of Dandeli offers wildlife, scenic beauty and plenty of action. All thanks to the river Kali - a habitat for a variety of birds.


Magpie Robin, Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrikes, Blue Headed Ground Thrush, Pompadour Green Pigeons, Golden Back, Yellow Browed Bulbuls, Crested Serpent Eagle and Pied Hornbills.

If you know any of these names, you''re an enthusiast and this place is for you. Dandeli is all about birds and animals. Do remember to carry a pair of binoculars to spot these rare species.

It may be difficult to spot too many animals due to the thick forestation, but you might see a few Malabar Giant Squirrels and Bisons. If you are lucky, even tigers, panthers, bears and several more in the open jeep safari. The crocodiles there, apparently are "vegetarian".

Syntheri Rocks offers a pleasant view with its small waterfall that gushes into a deep rocky ravine. Be ready for the number of stairs though.


River Kali provides one of the best rafting experiences. Make sure to check before you leave for the trip as the rides are offered only on certain days.

Rapelling, Kayaking and Canoeing are some of the other activities you can engage in. You could go for a Moonlight Boat Ride to catch some nocturnal jungle activity. You''ll need some special accessories like night-vision binoculars to spot the action.

A short boat ride to a nearby island takes you to a spot where gushing rapids from the Kali river turn in to a natural jacuzzi. Enjoy the free massage!

Do not miss the overnight outdoor camping. The camps are located on the river bank. You may run into a leech or two, so just keep an eye out.

River side fishing can be fun with the local hand made angles. If you manage to catch one, it''s yours to keep!


Dandeli offers plenty of choices to stay. Book a resort, set up a camp, stay in a tree house, stay in the tribal or local village. Hornbill Resort and Bison Resort are two good places to lodge.

They help you with almost anything you wish to do in Dandeli. The rooms are neat and living in the tree house is a definite pleasure!


The closest cities to Dandeli are Goa and Hubli. You can hire a cab from any of these cities to get to your destination. The resort that you book can arrange the cab for you. You can travel by bus too, but it''s a painful journey.

Here''s a trip that''s as refreshing as the mother nature!

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