Timings - Opening & Closing: Summer: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Winter: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Anshi National Park adjoins the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Collectively, along with six other protected areas in the states of Goa and Maharashtra, it forms a protected forest area of over 2,200 sq. km. It was segregated from Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary on 2 September 1987. In January 2007, it was granted the status of Project Tiger sanctuaries.
Spread over an area of 340 sq. km, the park is a habitat of melanistic leopards, tigers and elephants, amongst other fauna. Having an altitude that varies from 200 m to 925 m above sea level, the park is located in the Western Ghats Range. The park occupies the North Western Ghats montane rain forests and North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests eco-regions. Both of these regions have been deemed endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.
Bamboo, bauhinia, eucalyptus, lantana, silver oak, teak and xylia xylocarpa forms the vegetation of the park. Fauna inhabiting the park include bonnet macaque, barking deer, mouse deer and many other animals.. The park also houses pangolin, sloth bear, king cobra, krait, python, rat snake and viper.
Birdwatchers can spot around 200 species of birds in the park. These include crested serpent eagle, great hornbill, golden-backed woodpecker and many others.. In the park, tourists can also spot adjutant stork, ashy woodswallow, black-crested bulbul and others.. The park can be visited between November and June.
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The National Park is also a tiger reserve. So all the other formalities like permits and stuff are necessary. The forest department also organises safaris. However, I would suggest hiking or taking forest trails with a guide. Jackals, hornbills and giant squirrels are easily spotted. A lot of species of birds are spotted if you dress inconspicuously and stay quiet.
The river Rafting was a total Paisa Vasool experience. All 7 of us were reeling the experience of it. The Barbecue night was fun filled and the bird life was colorful. We sighted many horn bills and my daughter had a galore of photographs.
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