Have you ever wanted to escape from the bustling streets and monotonous everyday routine of your life? If so, what better destination for you than the evergreen plush forest of Dandeli! Everything here is soaked in magic that will heal you from the tip of tall trees to the grass blades. This Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest in all of India and is located in Karnataka. The huge scale of the forest means it has every other kind of nature’s bounty nestled in its lap.
From tigers to antelopes, reptiles, deer, and even an incredible number of birds. From white water rafting to wildlife photography to even rock climbing. The forest will indulge all of your needs and leave you with a lifetime’s worth of memories.
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Wildlife Sighting Index
9/10 for Malabar Trogon sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
9/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
7/10 Stay & Amenities
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Flora of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature is ripe within every molecule at Dandeli Sanctuary. The stunning textures, colors, views, and sounds that you will experience here will astound you and fill you with glee. The verdant green and olive shades of the forest are caused by several creepers, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and plants. The forest at Dandeli is awash with deciduous and evergreen trees. Multiple flora can be found here from illustrious flowers to medicinal plants and even herbs. For example, the leaves of Kydia Clycine are used to receive muscular pains and aches. There are numerous bamboo and teak trees dotted across the horizon along with quite a few fruit-bearing trees which provide nourishment to the extensive list of birds found at Dandeli.
- Tectona grandis
- Grevillea robusta
- T. bellerica
- Adina cordifolia
- Mitragyna parviflora
- Xylia xylocarpa
Fauna of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
The variety of plant life flourishing in the forest is a testament to the fact that an equally diverse amount of wildlife is also found at Dandeli. The woods are inundated with exotic beautiful creatures of all shapes and sizes. From elephants to wild pigs, rare black panthers, wild dogs, monkeys, deer, mongooses, and many more fascinating animals await you. The wooded trails are full of life and energy and provide a habitat to multiple populations of animals.
The magic doesn’t stop here, Dandeli hosts more than 200 species of vibrant peculiar birds as well! An excellent location for birdwatchers and is aptly nicknamed a birdwatcher’s paradise. The forest is especially known for spotting the magnificent great hornbill and the Malabar pied hornbill. Crocodiles are also a major attraction at this sanctuary. A visit to Dandeli will ensure you a unique experience of bird watching and crocodile spotting along with the viewing pleasure of many different reptilian and amphibian species.
- Grey Jungle fowl
- Indian Peafowl
- Bar Headed Geese
- Rufous Woodpecker
- White Bellied Woodpecker
- Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
- Yellow Crowned Woodpecker
- Heart Spotted Woodpecker
- Black Rumped Flameback
- Greater Falmeback
- Brown-Headed Barbet
- White Cheeked Barbet
- Coppersmith Barbet
- Malabar Grey Hornbill
- Common Kingfisher
- White-Throated Kingfisher
- Blue Bearded Bee-eater
- Green bee-eater
- Blue Tailed Bee-eater
- Chestnut Headed Bee-eater
- Eurasian Cuckoo
- Greater Coucal
- Vernal Hanging
- Great Hornbill
- Malabar Trogon
- Indian Ruller
- Malabar Pied Hornbill
Explore The Known and Unknown of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
If you still aren’t convinced that you should visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, once you hear about all the unique and exhilarating activities you can do at Dandeli you will be sold! At Dandeli, you can curate a unique and exciting experience for yourself like never before thanks to the multitude of surprising activities the forest has in store for you. To explore the olive-green trees and woody trails, one must start with the Jungle Safari. Here you can cruise through vast fields of the rugged forests where bison, Malabar giant squirrels, and maybe even a black panther awaits you! The Jeep ride through the grassy floor of the forest is an exceptional activity to feel young, wild, and free and truly live the adventure the forest has to offer you. Next, you can have a natural jacuzzi bath in the rapids of River Kali followed by a massage by the hosts themselves! To enjoy the river Kali, you need to travel to the nearby island first via a boat ride but it’s worth it.
Located on the banks of Kali River, the town of Dandeli has become a hub of adventurous spirit. Tourists flock here in dozens each year to experience the various bounties offered like ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, rock climbing, canyoning, and much more! Canyoning is traversing a canyon or gorge by combining hiking, climbing, swimming, and/or abseiling. A sport by many names, it explores the hard-to-reach areas of a natural landscape by following a water route carved through rock formations. Another exciting activity is rappelling. This one is truly for the adventure junkies where you have to climb steep rocks and deep cliffs and then come careening down suspended on a single rope. This is perfect for those who want to truly immerse themselves in the unique experience of the forest and feel an adrenaline rush amongst the flowing streams and verdant forest.
You can even hire a traditional coracle rower and scull in the flowing water of Kali River. Coracle rides are enjoyed by almost everyone who visits the river and is a good alternative for those who want the nerves of an adventurous ride but can’t stomach too much thrill. Along the traditional ride, you will be dodging crocodiles and observing fishes and turtles as you wade through the water.
Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the Mecca for birdwatchers. Ganeshgudi is a fantastic destination at Dandeli for birding. It is one of the richest forests in Karnataka where there is no concept of walking and searching for birds, almost 20 to 30 species of birds can be spotted from the balcony or the porch of your room.
Have you ever dreamed of lounging on a cushioned balcony amidst a dense forest, surrounded by rich trees, tall grass, and a plethora of beautiful birds? Listening to the chirping, tweeting, and singing of birds colored in vibrant hues. If so, Ganeshgudi is a fantastic place for you inside Dandeli, which is known for being a Mecca for birdwatchers.
Finally, the most anticipated activity in the Dandeli forest is Jungle Camping. Once light relinquishes its hold on the grassy plains and meandering trails of the forest, the true enchantment of the jungle can truly be felt. From lush green swords to hoards of black shadow. The forest comes alive at night and if you wish to see this awakening you can contact the organizers at Dandeli for tents and other facilities and enjoy a night of harmony and peace amidst the glorious woods.
Moreover, there are plenty of interesting landmarks near Dandeli worth visiting as well. Travelers can enjoy a trip to Kavala Caves, Shivaji Fort, Anshi National Park, Kulgi Nature Camp, and even Syntheri Rock when roaming nearby.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Safari Booking
Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Price: INR 50 to INR 500 per person (depends on the type of safari you take) and INR 150 for a guide
How to reach Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli is well connected and easily accessible by all means of transport. The closest airports to Dandeli are Belgaum (110 km), Hubli (75 km), and Goa (150 km), all of which can be reached easily via daily flights. You can also travel to Dandeli via train by deboarding at the nearest railheads like Alnavar (32 km), Londa (48 km), Dharwad (57 km), or Hubli (75 km). A road trip is always fun and since Dandeli is well connected to Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Belgaum, Karwar, Dharwad, and Hubli by road, it is all the easier for planning one with your family or friends. Several buses ply to Dandeli every day. If not a bus, you can also drive your car or hire a taxi to get here.
Resorts at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is jam-packed with fun and nature and boasts hundreds of tourists each year. Naturally, the range of resorts available here also reflects the popularity of this hotspot and is numerous, and offers some impressive experiences. From budget-friendly to luxurious and opulent choices, Dandeli offers a space for everyone. Let us walk you through some popular accommodation choices.
Bison River Resort is one such impeccable and relaxing resort that offers dwellers activities like river crossing, kayaking, and more. The rooms are spacious and every room has separate balconies for tourists to enjoy the prime location and closeness to nature even during rest time.
Kali Adventure Camp is another highly popular resort choice. It is located along the banks of the Kali River and offers spectacular views of lush greenery. The resort is built in bungalow style and has pleasant aesthetics along with delivering top-notch hospitality and comfort to travelers.
Shri Sai Riverview Jungle Resort is another good accommodation choice for travelers. It is located along River Gangavali and offers cottages of pristine quality. The resort has some amazing hilltop views, and scrumptious food and even offers joy rides on the river and guided tours for its guests.