Situated in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and encompassing an area of 834 sq km, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the place to be for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, adventure freaks and for those looking to spend their vacations away from the daily hustle bustle.
Dandeli wildlife sanctuary along with Anshi national park has been declared the Dandeli national park under Project Tiger and it is now regarded as the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Dandeli along with its lush green deciduous forests and the waters of River Kali flowing through it, offers a wide range of exciting activities ranging from Jungle safari, Bird watch, white river rafting, river crossing, canoeing, crocodile spotting, camping, eco-tourism, pilgrimage and so much more!
Dandeli offers a panoramic combination of scenic beauty with fascinating landscapes, unsmooth terrains, picturesque valleys, narrow rocky caves and sparkling waters! The altitude here varies from 100m to 970m with Hegda Tamba occupying the best purpose. All of this place along with rare exotic and species build Dandeli a preferred holidaymaker attraction in Karnataka.
Being enclosed by dense forests, the atmospheric condition in Dandeli stay moderate, neither turning into too hot or too cold. Throughout the summer season, the common temperature stays around 33˚C, whereas throughout the winter season the common temperature may be a pleasant 26˚C. Several tourists value more highly to visit throughout summers/winters. However, the rainy season be slightly difficult due to serious heavy rainfall occurring throughout the month of June to Sep.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Dandeli is from October to May with the temperature staying in the moderate range and the heavy rainfall is at bay.
Wildlife & Vegetation
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for rare, endangered animals, never-before seen mammalian species and exotic birds making it a perfect destination for wildlife photographers!
Being a part of the Project Tiger, Dandeli is an abode to almost 40 tigers! You can also find an amazing variety of Elephants, wild pigs, wild dogs, black panthers, monkeys, deer, mongoose, sloth bears, barking deer, leopard, flying squirrel, the Indian pangolin and the Malabar giant squirrel among others. It is only magical to observe these fascinating creatures as you make your way through the woods. For instance, the Malabar giant squirrel is almost the size of a small dog! Truly, lives up to its name! On sensing danger, it flattens itself on a tree branch. Be prepared to be astonished and amazed!
Dandeli is regarded as a heaven for bird watchers. And why not, for this park is home to 200 species of birds! Some of these include, The Greater Flameback, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Blue Tailed Bee-Eater, Eurasian Cuckoo, House Swift, Indian Nightjar, Wire Tailed Swallow, Bronzed Drongo, Bar Headed Geese, Black Eagle and many more others!
During summers, a spectacular moment is when Malabar Pied Hornbills can be found feasting on the fruit trees!