(Last Updated on : 04/04/2013)
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a tranquil and serene sanctuary, which covers an area of 5729.07 sq.kms. This is one of the largest sanctuaries, which nestles some rare birds and animals, which are kept in an untouched and unexplored atmosphere. Along with some rare animal species, this sanctuary includes a wide variety of flora and fauna, which defines the exotic atmosphere of the sanctuary.
With its richness and diversity, the sanctuary offers many opportunities to the nature lovers who enjoy the picturesque sites. Along with the collection of rare animals, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary captures the sight of all the tourists who get enchanted with the picturesque site of deep river valley, and dense hilly forest terrains. Covered with moist deciduous and semi evergreen forests, Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary rests along with a meandering river, which adds to the scenic beauty of the sanctuary.
Spreading over an area of 834.16 sq. kms, Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is one of the richest sanctuaries in Karnataka. It covers at about 35 kms wide and the wild life sanctuary is surrounded with sytheric rocks, monolithic granite structure amidst thick forest with the Kaneri River flowing by its side.
Dandeli wildlife sanctuary offers numerable opportunities for trekking trails and fishing spots in Dandeli. All this provide the most scenic beauty to the sanctuary, which is admired by the all tourist who visit the sanctuary. Along with extraordinary collection of flora this sanctuary is famous for the rare fauna.
Wild life species include elephant
, Royal Bengal tiger
, gaur, flying squirrels
, mouse deer
etc along with some exceptional species of birds. Among the rare species the birds like magpie robin, golden backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and many more which are often found in the sanctuary. Along with this, the major attraction of Dandeli is crocodile, which can be viewed along with other animals.
Overall, Dandeli wild life sanctuary is one of the biggest attractions of Karnataka
that entertains its visitors who can ride through the wild life safari with jeeps. The visitors can enjoy natural walks, bird watching; crocodile sighting trip, fishing, and coral boat rides as well as trekking in the jungles of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.
Thus with the facilities of well-furnished tents, dormitories, herbariums, the sanctuary tries to provide maximum comfort for its visitors. It also provides videos, libraries as well as video film screening which allows the visitors to have maximum fun and bring them closest to nature.