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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary   |   Uttara Kannada

For all lovers of nature, Karnataka hosts a vast expanse of areas covered in greenery and exquisite flora and fauna. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary being one of them.

A part of the Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. The sanctuary covers an area of 866.41km2, and is one of the two Elephant Reserves notified under the ‘Project Elephant’ – the other one being the Mysuru Elephant Reserve. The sanctuary also houses a rare collection of nearly 300 species of birds; the Great Indian Hornbill and the Malabar Pied Hornbill being the most popular winged residents of the place. The other rare animal attractions include the Indian Sloth Bear, the Indian Pangolin, the Giant Malabar Squirrel, Dhole, the Indian Jackal and the Muntjac (Barking Deer). Also, the frequent sightings of the mysterious Black Panther and the Indian Peafowl add to the majesty of the sanctuary.

Dandeli also consists of a mixture of dense deciduous trees interspersed with Bamboo and Teak plantations, which provides a natural habitat for tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears. Reptiles like The King Cobra and the Maggur (Indian Crocodile) are also a common sight.

This Elephant and Tiger Reserve of Karnataka (designated in 2007) also provides rafting opportunities, nature walks, boating, bird watching, and crocodile spotting. In all, Dandeli provides an expansive scope for tourists to experience varied kinds of ventures, hence being a very promising tourist attraction of Karnataka.

Photography: [sarangib: #1, #2, #3] [prasadganapule69: #1] [Vijayanarasimha: #1] [stonethestone: #1]

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