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Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in Dandeli

·  Summer: March-May (22°C - 40°C)
·  Winter: December-February (10°C - 33°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-May

Opening Time: 06: 00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06: 00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: 

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 20
Children:  INR 20
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 80
Children:  INR 80
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Located amidst the luxuriant greenery of Western Ghats and enjoying dramatic settings along the banks of River Kali, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is Karnataka’s second largest sanctuary. As a part of the Anshi National Park, it enjoys the designation of a Tiger Reserve. Tigers are not the only attraction of the place, as one can explore species like leopard, crocodile, black panthers, elephants, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel, deer and many species of snakes.

Avifauna at the sanctuary consists of crested serpent eagle, Malabar pied hornbill, breasted kingfisher, Indian lorikeet, ruby-throat bulbul, Ceylon frogmouth and many more. Teak, bamboo, hirda, mango and a variety of shrubs and grasses have their own significant contributions for Dandeli’s fascinating landscape. Safari timings at Dandeli are 06:00 a.m.-09:00 a.m. and 03:00 p.m.-06:00 p.m. Departmental buses and jeeps and elephants are available for safari trips (check the rate list).

Dandeli is not only popular for its flora and fauna, but also for numerous adventures that attract flocks of tourists. Crocale boat ride (to spot crocodiles), trekking and rafting at Kali River rapids are among the extremely exhilarating activities. Visitors to the sanctuary also love to explore attractions like Kulgi Nature Camp, Kavala Caves, Syntheri Rock and Nagajhari Viewpoint. 

Road: Located in the Uttara Kannada District, Dandeli is accessible from all popular destinations of Karnataka by road. Designated bus routes as well as taxi services make the journey hassle-free. In fact, the road trip to Dandeli passes through the vistas of Western Ghats.

Railway: Alnavar Junction is the closest railhead, about 34 km. from the sanctuary. Other popular options include Londa Junction (about 37 km.) and Dharward Railway Station (about 57 km.). Prefer to hire a taxi from these rail access points to reach the sanctuary.

Airway: The closest airports to the sanctuary include Hubli (about 66 km.) and Belgaum (about 100 km.). Dabolim Airport in Goa (about 134 km.) is another option. Choose to cover the subsequent road trip in a taxi.