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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli

13.5/5(28 Ratings)

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 6 of 14 sightseeing in Dandeli

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Uttar Kannada District, is home to vast tracts of moist deciduous forest. The sanctuary is a habitat of the rare Black Panther. In the sanctuary, wild animals such as spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and many other animals are housed.  Great pied hornbill, yellow footed pigeon, crested serpent eagle and peafowl also inhabit the sanctuary.

Some of the 200 species of birds that find abode within the sanctuary include Malabar hornbills, ashy swallow shirkes, drongos, minivets, brahminy kites, and many others. The sanctuary also houses  spotted deer, sambar, gaur, wild boar, mouse deer and many other animals.  Rare species, including black panther, elephantand leopard also inhabit the sanctuary among others.

In the jungles of the sanctuary, facilities for coracle boat rides and trekking can be availed by the tourists. Birdwatchers can spot great pied hornbill, blue-throated barbet, peregrine falcon and others in the sanctuary. October to June is the preferred time for visiting the sanctuary. Authorised as a sanctuary on 10th May 1956, it comprises steep slopes, deep river valleys and the hilly forest terrain.

Having elevation ranging from 100 m to 970 m, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 834.16 sq km.
 

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What travellers are saying about Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience scale
  • Excellent 4
  • Poor 3
  • Very Good 3
  • Average 2
  • Good 2
  • Below Average 1
  • Terrible 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed

Timing, fees and more

time

Operating hours

Summer:
6:00 AM -6:00 PM
Winter:
6:00 AM -6:00 PM
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Other Details

Famous for:
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Entry:
paid
Not Allowed:
Pets
55% voted as clean

Reviews and Ratings

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

453 reviews

Safaris only twice a day

I had planned for night safari that I have not done so far . But the forest department runs only 8:30 am and 3:30 pm safaris . Both I could not make it . But we could go 2 kms further to see and have an elephant ride. All tamed . There are nice view points to see the forest. It was during monsoon and so the view was very refreshing. Plenty of birds could be identified . No food available there. But we could park the vehicle near the view point. Had snacks and juice in the vehicle.

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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

453 reviews

Safaris only twice a day

I had planned for night safari that I have not done so far . But the forest department runs only 8:30 am and 3:30 pm safaris . Both I could not make it . But we could go 2 kms further to see and have an elephant ride. All tamed . There are nice view points to see the forest. It was during monsoon and so the view was very refreshing. Plenty of birds could be identified . No food available there. But we could park the vehicle near the view point. Had snacks and juice in the vehicle.

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  • Safaris only twice a day
  • Safaris only twice a day
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Suman Davengere

Suman Davengere3.9/5

3 reviews

Thick Jungle to have good Jeep ride.

If you are jungle lover then it is the best place to have Jeep ride. If you are lucky definitely you will spot big cat and other wild life animals. Jungle is very unexpected where you can find animals on the road itself while crossing the road.

Shamik Dubey

Shamik Dubey2.9/5

25 reviews

Night safari was memorable experience

We stayed in Dandeli Mist Resort and they offered us complimentary night safari. It was an experience of its kind. We started at about 9:30 PM, it was dark, (no visibility) so we had torch with us, no habitation any where was to be seen and I was happy but terrified

Nish Shah

Nish Shah3.9/5

17 reviews

Jungle Safari

Did early morning jungle safari. Couldn't spot any animals apart from deers and other common ones. Maybe due to cold weather, none of them came out. Though the previous day's evening batch spotted a black panther & a leopard.

Krishna murthy

Krishna murthy5.0/5

5 reviews

Forest is breathtakingly beautiful

The forest is breathtakingly beautiful. Take a jeep, we could see bison - many of them taking shelter from the rain under a tree. The driver stopped for a while at a distance. Then these came out into the rain and blocked our road. We had to wait for a long time, almost 45 minutes till they decided to clear our way! The dark, shining black skin, white fur on all the legs giving an impression as if they were wearing socks gave a very majestic and bold picture.

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Arun B

Arun B1.4/5

2 reviews

Don't take the jungle safari

It's a total waste of time and money. Plan some other activities instead or just relax in the resorts. They take you to a view point on the outskirts. You will not get to spot any animals. Except a deer or a peacock. The only upside was it didn't rain when we went for the safari.

Prakash Chikkorde

Prakash Chikkorde5.0/5

2 reviews

A lifetime experience

Dear traveller once in a life you visit Dandeli, it is situated in the thick forest we can view easily wildlife so this movement is great. Also we can enjoy the Kali river rafting. In this river we can see thousands of crocodiles, really it is amazing. To stay you find so many resorts situated in bank of Kali River. All types of food we can enjoy and in resorts we can enjoy water games and adventure game. I hope if you travel once in a life it will be best memories. Locality in Karnataka, by train or bus or own vehicle you can travel. Near Goa you can visit.

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Ulka Latif

Ulka Latif3.2/5

11 reviews

Not much wildlife to see

This is a disappointing Sanctuary, we have visited this place twice and on both occasions, we have not had any luck in terms of viewing any wildlife. Barring some birds and a one off barking deer, there isn't too much of wildlife one can see.

Mahesh M

Mahesh M4.6/5

14 reviews

Wonderful experience at Jungle Safari

This is a must visit during your stay at Dandeli. All the nearby resorts provide transport till the entrance of this sanctuary.As this is a jungle tour, please maintain silence, safety and respect nature.

Photos of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli

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G Bhat

Sanctuary
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli

Photo by

G Bhat

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