Wildlife Sanctuaries near Hubli
Dandeli Wildlife SanctuaryDistance from Hubli: 75 km
Area: 866.41 sq km
A mere 2 hours drive from Hubli and you will reach this exotic wildlife sanctuary. This is the second largest sanctuary located in Karnataka and sees several tourists pouring in almost all round the year. A wide variety of animals, birds and reptiles including leopards, tigers, bears, black naped hare, black panthers, elephants, antelopes, Malabar giant squirrels, spotted deer, woodpeckers, Malabar trogon, chestnut headed bee-eaters, grey headed fish eagle, Rat snake, Rana temporalis, Flying Lizard and Skink may be spotted during the jungle safari here.
Besides, the jungle safari ride that attracts a large number of tourists, you may even enjoy various adventure sports at this mesmeric spot. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary has a team of proficient professionals who guide you through the various adventure/ recreational activities to ensure safety. The activities you may indulge in here include rappelling, overnight camping, trekking, white river rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, boating and crocodile spotting.
Attiveri Bird SanctuaryDistance from Hubli: 43 km
Area: 2.23 sq km
This is just the right place for those of you who are fond of bird watching. As many as 79 species of different feathered friends from 22 countries flock around at this sanctuary. Uncommon species of different birds including Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Green Bee-eater, Pied, Grey Francolin, Southern Grey Shrike, Indian Grey Hornbill, Little Cormorants, Barn Swallow, Darter, Brown Shrike, Eurasian Spoonbill and Bay-backed Shrike may be seen here. Apart from these you may even spot quite a few wild animals including Jackal, Wild Boar, Grey Mongoose, Jungle Cat and Indian Porcupine.
Away from the chaotic city rush, this is just the perfect place to spend a quite day with your loved ones. The scenic view of the place, the cool breeze and the tweeting of birds here are sure to refresh your mind, body and soul. The best time to visit the place is from November to March. Besides bird watching, you may even enjoy trekking and cycling in the sanctuary.
Daroji Sloth Bear SanctuaryDistance from Hubli: 175 km
Area: 55.87 sq km
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary came into being in 1994 especially to give a peaceful abode to the Indian Sloth Bear that are slowly getting diminished. The place is well maintained and includes a wide variety of fruits that are loved by these wild animals. It encompasses a number of caves that serve as shelters for them. There is a watch tower installed on a hillock in the sanctuary where the tourists are supposed to sit to catch a glimpse of this wild animal. It is a visual delight to watch them indulge in various playful activities.
This variety of bear is also called Karadi and the natives here often call the place as Karadi Dhama. A number of other wild animals including Jackals, Leopards, Star Tortoise, Porcupine, Painted Spur Hen, Monitor Lizard, Wild Boars and Partridges and various species of birds may also be seen here.
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary may be visited between 6 am to 6 pm any day of the week. August to April is the best time to drop by at the place.