If you’re a nature lover and the idea of spotting wild animals in their natural habitat excites you, Dandeli wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka is the place to go. One of the best places to visit in Karnataka, the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for thousands of species of flora and fauna. Nature-lovers and adventure-seekers can spend hours at this wildlife sanctuary and not run out of things to do and see. 

What you need to know about Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest in Karnataka and is home to some rich and diverse flora and fauna. You can spot more than 300 species of birds and mammals like tigers, elephants, antelopes, sloth bears, Malabar giant squirrels, deers, barking deers, and reptiles. Not only do you witness various wild creatures in their natural habitat, but the wildlife sanctuary hosts a number of activities for adventure enthusiasts. It’s the perfect spot for those who want to immerse themselves in nature and its beauty. 

Best time to visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

You can visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary anytime during the year. However, from October to May, the weather is pleasant, and hence you may be able to spot more birds in the surrounding. You may also see more animals since they roam around in the area.

Things you can do at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Apart from housing numerous flora and fauna, Dandeli Sanctuary also offers activities to keep the visitors engaged. Here are a few you can experience at the sanctuary:

Jungle Safari

One cannot miss the thrilling jungle safari on their visit to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Visitors can go in an open jeep across the forests where one can spot various mammals in the open. Malabar giant squirrels and bison roam around freely in the area. The jungle safari will take you through the forest, where you can spot dense vegetation, reptiles, and birds and marvel at the natural beauty of this place.

Natural Jacuzzi

The Kali river flows through Dandeli and the rapids make for the perfect spot for a natural jacuzzi. You can take a dip in the crystal clear waters here and relax with the greenery surrounding you. It is truly a therapeutic experience! You can also follow the jacuzzi bath with a relaxing massage offered by the hosts around.

White River Rafting

You can also enjoy white water rafting in Dandeli. A 9 km stretch of rapids with your raft going up and down is the most thrilling activity you can enjoy in Dandeli. It’s a must-try for those seeking adventure.

Coracle Ride

Unlike any other boat ride, a coracle ride is a truly unique experience one can have at the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Visitors can go on a coracle made out of bamboo and buffalo hide. You can spot many birds during the oracle ride. You may even spot a crocodile or two during your ride!


Moonlight Boat Ride

While you can enjoy many activities when the sun is out, one can also enjoy nighttime activities in Dandeli. You can go on a moonlight boat ride and experience the surrounding forest and the nocturnal beauty of the place. You can even take night vision goggles to help you see the forest in a new light!

Jungle Camping

You can also hitch a tent and stay at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Lay under the stars and wake up to the beautiful view of the sun rising through the tall trees in the forest. It’s an exciting experience that nature-lovers will enjoy.

There are many things that one can enjoy even near Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. There are many caves, rock formations, and villages that one can explore in and around Dandeli. It’s the perfect offbeat location to experience nature and indulge in adventure activities that you will cherish for years to come.

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