Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, located at a distance of 75 km from Hubli, is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Spread across an area of around 866.41 sq km, the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary houses a wide variety of wild animals including wild dog, langur, jackal, sloth bear, sambar, panther, tiger, bison, giant flying squirrel, mouse deer, elephant and civet cat.
The place is also apt for the bird lovers as it sees several species of birds flocking around. Golden Back, Blue Headed Ground Thrush, white-breasted kingfisher Yellow Browed Bulbuls, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrikes, bush grail, Magpie Robin, Pompadour Green Pigeons, partridge, Woodpecker, Pied Hornbills, darter, egret, Cuckoo crested serpent eagle and Jungle Babblers are among the few feathered friends that are seen here. Apart from these several amphibians and reptiles may also be spotted here.
The sanctuary also encompasses a wide variety of plants and trees including the likes of terminalia paniculata, pterocarpus marsupium, grewia tiliaefolia, bellerica, tomentosa, xylia xylocarpa, cordia macleodic, dalbergia latifolia, adina cordifolia, mitragyna parviflora, vitex altissima and kydia clycina.
A jungle safari, especially an open jeep ride, in the dense forest at the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is what attracts several tourists to the place. However, this is not the only thing that draws tourists here; there are a lot many other adventure sports that one can enjoy here. White river rafting is one such sport; a large number of people especially plan their trip to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary to indulge in this adventure sport. You may choose between a 9 km run that takes more than four hours to complete and a shorter run that takes close to 2 hours. First timers are recommended to go for the shorter run. The special team of experts employed here gives proper instructions before you begin your ride down the river. A professional is also deployed in each raft.
White water rafting at Dandeli
At Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary you may even indulge in rappelling. You get to climb a very steep cliff under expert guidance here. The Natural Jacuzzi at this sanctuary also attracts a large number of people; a dip in the water here is enough to refresh your body and soul. The place is also good for those of you who love Kayaking. This activity is usually done in the man-made Supa reservoir built here. This is a beautiful water body spread across a vast area. It encompasses a few small islands that are just apt for spending a quite time with your loved one.
Canyoning, moonlight boat rides, river side fishing, croc trek, adventure trekking, mountain biking, cycling, overnight camping, outdoor camping, crocodile sighting trips, nature walks, river island visit are among the various other activities that can be enjoyed at this beautiful resort. Professionals proficient in different adventure sports are employed here to guide the tourists as they take on different activities. All the required equipments to enjoy various sports are also available here.
If you are planning a trip to Dandeli then it is recommended to spare at least two days to make the most of your trip. There are a number of resorts located in the vicinity; these include the Dandeli Jungle Camp, Wilderness Chorla, Sai River Resort, OM Forest Camp, Devbagh Beach Resort, Kali Adventure Camp and Bison River Resort. All these resorts offer a luxurious stay and world class hospitality thereby making your trip even more special.
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